NCCPE Engage Competition 2014 Results

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s Engage Competition 2014 winners have been announced!

The national competition, which formed part of Universities Week, endeavoured to celebrate high quality public engagement with research projects.

Of the 230 entries submitted, six projects were longlisted for each category and three shortlisted.  The overall winners of each category were announced at an event at the Natural History Museum, London, on Wednesday 11th June.

Our congratulations go to Professor Ian Grosvenor for being longlisted in the Individually Led Projects category.

Videos of the winning projects for each category can be found at

UoB Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition – College heats are next week!

Birmingham Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

The Three Minute Thesis competition gives you just three minutes to deliver an engaging presentation on your thesis topic, its originality and its significance. This is a great opportunity to develop your presentation and research communication skills, raise the profile of your research and have the chance to compete to represent Birmingham at national and international level.

College heats will take place on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 May, and a University final will be held on Wednesday 11 June. Prizes will be offered, as well as the chance to represent Birmingham in the first UK-wide 3MT competition, and to compete for a travel bursary worth $2,500 (USD) in the virtual Universitas 21 3MT Final 2014.

Wellcome Trust – Science Media Studentship

wellcome_logoThese studentships offer financial support for up to three PhD-level biomedical scientists to undertake postgraduate qualifications at Imperial College London or the National Film and Television School (NFTS).

Our research shows that the overwhelming majority of the public regard television as their most significant source of information about science. We believe that the broadcast media should represent and reflect all areas of science and culture, and therefore should be produced by people from a variety of different backgrounds.

STEM engaging activities

I’m a Scientist, and I’m an Engineer are back for two weeks from the 16th June. There is lots of opportunities for engineers and scientists to get involved and engage with school students all over the UK!

They are looking for engineers to get online and chat to maths, D&T, and science school students about their work. The zones themes are Apprentice, Cities, Food, and Health.

They are also looking for other scientist who can chat with science school students about Agriculture, Animal Behaviour, Astronomy, Bioinformatics, Diamond, Drug Development, Extreme Energy, Genomics, Infectious Diseases, Proteins, Vision, and Water, plus other general science zones.

Nominations open for the John Maddox Prize 2014

The John Maddox Prize rewards an individual who has promoted sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest. Its emphasis is on those who have faced difficulty or hostility in doing so. Nominations of active researchers who have yet to receive recognition for their public-interest work are particularly welcomed.

Less Talk, More Action! – The UoB Content Competition

Present your research in an engaging way via video and win £200!

2014 is an amazing year for engagement opportunities in the University, from the fantastic home-grown Arts & Science Festival to the national British Science Festival being held on campus, and we want to celebrate and showcase the best of our research in the most creative and exciting ways possible.

The Public Engagement Working Group (PEWG) will be offering £200 prizes for the best 4-minutes videos based on Birmingham research aimed at a general audience. We welcome creative videos from senior staff as well as post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers, whether individually or representing wider groups. The video can either be in the form of a presentation, interview, exercise, activity, role-play, cartoon or in any way that you feel conveys your research most effectively. Visit the competition page for more information!

The deadline is Wednesday the 30th of May 2014 at 12 noon.

3 Minute Thesis 2014

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, in which doctoral researchers have just three minutes to deliver an engaging presentation on their thesis topic, its originality and its significance.

With universities across the world now holding their own 3MT competitions, the University of Birmingham are delighted to be running a 3MT and are excited to invite all doctoral researchers to participate in such a highly-regarded competition.