Things That Go Pop: A review

Back on Sept 6th, on the opening night of the British Science Festival, the Public Engagement Working Group helped sponsor an event curated by Flatpack film festival. Things That Go Pop was an evening of combustible vapours, scientific cocktails, and free thinking inspired by chemist, theologian, and all-round visionary Joseph Priestley. This event was included in the British Science Festival programme and featured experiments and demos led by University of Birmingham researchers from Chemistry and History departments. In the lead up to the event, the University’s research pop-up shopThink Corner  also ran chemistry inspired activities to promote Things That Go Pop.

Chemist, Rowena Fletcher-Wood was one UoB researcher who was part of the evening’s activities. We asked Rowena to write us a mini-review which you can read below.

Were you there? If so, let us know what you thought in the comments below! Should we do more of this type of thing?

Think Corner: Popping Up When You Least Expect It

For a few years now, we’ve been talking about the idea of doing a ‘pop-up’ showcase of the University’s research. This format is absolutely brilliant for short-term engagement initiatives – from artistic activities with children we’ve run in the Mailbox to Nottingham’s 3-2-1-Ignition! However, it can also provide proof-of-principle that public spaces can work terrifically well for longer-term engagement platforms. I was fortunate enough to visit the University of Helsinki last year to visit its Think Corner public engagement space, and what I saw blew me away.

Young People’s Programme at the British Science Festival 2014

Please see the FINAL programme of activities for the Young People’s Programme (BSF YP FINAL PROGRAMME) at the British Science Festival 2014 which will take place in from 8 – 11 September 2014, in association with the University of Birmingham, as well as Birmingham City Council, Aston University and Birmingham City University.

Science Communication Conference 2014

Apply for a bursary to attend the 2014 Science Communication Conference


Bookings for the 2014 Science Communication Conference are open – it will be held on the 1st and 2nd of May hosted by the University of Surrey in Guildford and bursaries are available for researchers that take part in public engagement projects. Apply now for a free place at this year’s Conference!

Bursary applications are open and will close on 28 March. Find out more and apply for a bursary.

British Science Association – Award Lectures

logoThe British Science Association has been rewarding promising early-career researchers for over 20 years through our Award Lectures, recognising outstanding communication skills and encouraging researchers to engage with the social and ethical implications of their work. Previous Award Lecturers include Brian Cox, Richard Wiseman and Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Awards are available in 5 different areas