What happens when you bring together a chemist researcher and a poet who has written pieces of work inspired by the periodic table?
Find out at The Poetry of the Periodic Table!
Little Atoms presents the second of our Two Cultures In Conversation evenings. Join award-winning poet Isobel Dixon and Dr Zoe Schnepp of the University of Birmingham to explore the elementary, from Arsenic to Zirconium. Birmingham’s Thinktank provide’s the perfect location for a night where we use poetry and science to examine the stuff that makes up our world.
Local poetry publisher the Emma Press will create specially commissioned illustration and poetry to mark what will be a truly unusual evening.
REGISTER FREE VIA EVENTBRITE
Here at Thinktank we are committed to contributing to and supporting research lead by our local Universities. We do this in a number of ways, by welcoming researchers on to our galleries to run Meet the Expert events, creating opportunities for writing about science and, most importantly, carrying out research in the museum.
The School of Pharmacy within the Institute of Clinical Research team at the University of Birmingham have been regular visitors to Thinktank for our ‘Meet the Expert’ events and this half term will be using the museum as a base to carry out their research with young children, an age group we usually have a lot of!
On 17-19th February, the team are looking to recruit 5-12 year old children for a study looking at the mouthfeel of tiny particles so they can identify what an ‘acceptable’ mouthfeel would be from a child’s perspective. Sessions will last around 30 minutes.
FREE entry to the museum will be provided for each child participating in the research and an accompanying parent. Two or more children from the same family will enable free entry for two parents.
For more information or to book your slot, please contact Punam Mistry at email@example.com – In the email, please indicate your child’s date of birth and your preferred day to come. We will get back to you to arrange your visit.
BIG is delighted to able to offer 10 bursaries to attend this year’s Little Event on Wednesday 13th January in Birmingham.
Each bursary worth £100 covers an annual BIG membership, registration fees for the Little Event and £25 towards travel expenses.
The Little Event is for people who are relatively new to STEM communication, whether they work in a science centre or museum, volunteer for a festival, are involved in university outreach, or do anything else to engage people with sciences. It’s a lot like the BIG Event, but a bit smaller, and all crammed into one busy day. There will be several sessions, each focusing on developing a different skill, delivered by experienced science communicators following our usual hands-on approach.
But of course it isn’t just about the sessions, it’s the people you meet there too. The Little Event presents a great opportunity to meet people from across the UK working in similar roles and sharing similar experiences. The programme for the day will include sessions on Learning & evaluation, Interacting with the public, Managing your engagement project, Presenting and careers.
If you wish to apply for one of the 10 free places, applying is simple. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Friday 18th December with the subject line “Bursary application Little Event” to tell us in no more than 200 words why you would like the opportunity to come to the Little Event and how you think it will benefit your personal and professional development. If you have already registered for the Event you can still apply for the bursary and we will refund your registration if you are successful.
Successful applicants will be notified by 23rd December by email.
For more information or to book click here
Sarah Vining, Administrator
Over 1700 people came through the venue yesterday, and it feels like we may have talked to most of them! We definitely had copious and fantastic interactions with children and adults of all ages, with over 300 getting their grip strength measured, and over 80 engaging with the Health Research Bus.
If you like your cinema, and your neurosciences – you’re in for a double whammy of delights! With a Welcome Trust grant, the people organizing the successful Flatpack Film Festival (the triple F of Brum) and Emil Troescu (College of MDS) have put together a weekend of interesting neuroscience-based events within the Cafe Neuro this weekend, from Fri 21st to Sun 23rd March 2014.