Scientists using Twitter


A really interesting article by Sarah Boon (PhD) about scientists using Twitter has come out at Canadian Science Publishing. Read in full here

Recently, Kirk Engelhardt, Director of Research Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, posted two hotly debated articles: one on why more university researchers aren’t tweeting, and a second on whether Twitter can make scientists better communicators. 

Based on that discussion, Sarah’s post aims to dispel five key myths that seem to come up in most discussions of scientists using Twitter. These are:

1.    Serious scientists don’t Tweet.

2.    Twitter takes too much time.

3.    You can’t say anything meaningful in 140 characters.

4.    Twitter erases necessary boundaries between students and faculty

5.    Twitter is only for self-promoters


To read why these 5 points are myths go HERE to read the article in full. Are you a UoB scientist that uses Twitter? Let’s follow each other if so! Find us here: @UOBengage  

British Interactive Group ‘Josh Award’ – Nominate yourself now!

For how to apply go HERE

The Josh Award 2014

The Josh Award is an award established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication. The award recognises a defining moment in the career of a science communicator; a person who is a practicing scientist or someone who has chosen science communication as their profession. This defining moment could be a game changing project, piece of work, way of working or a key moment of change, creativity, innovation or passion. A defining moment in a career that has transformed science communication practice, inspired others or changed the landscape of science communication.The award provides the opportunity to become the science communicator in residence at the Manchester Science Festival 2014, developing and delivering a new project or event while show-casing best practise in the field of science communication.The winner will receive support to nurture their development in the field and their involvement in the Manchester Science Festival from both the Festival team and the British Interactive Group (BIG), the skills sharing network for individuals involved in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Free drop-in session on how to create a video Tues 13th May

The Public Engagement Working Group (PEWG) is pleased to announce a second support session for our ‘Less Talk, More Action’ video competition. Shawn Mayall and Angela Slater from the MDS web team have kindly volunteered their time to host a drop-in session for anyone who might need some extra support in putting together a video short for the competition (or other public engagement activity).

They will be on hand to answer questions related to editing and processing short videos, as well as offering useful guidance on the planning/filming stages. Attendees are encouraged to bring their filming devices (cameras, Ipads, phones etc.) with them and to come ready with all their questions and footage (if they already have that) so that they can make the most of the session. Angela & Shawn have already recently put together a wealth of resources on the topic online HERE but the drop-in session will allow people to ask for more specific advice if needed.


‘Less Talk, More Action’ asks researchers and research students to present their research in an engaging video for the opportunity to win £200, with winners from each college. Deadline to enter the competition is May 30th at noon.


The drop-in session will take place on:

Tuesday 13th May, 12.00 – 1.30 pm

Sport and Exercise Sciences G84 Computer Cluster


We hope to see you there! Drop in anytime between 12-1.30 pm. Thank you to all attendees of our first support session with Malcolm Love which focused on presenting to camera, developing a script and other practical content questions.

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Science Communication Awards

The Science Communication Awards are intended to reward outreach work carried out by young scientists and established researchers to inform, enthuse and engage the public.

Deadline: Friday the 30th of May 2014

The competition is open to bioscience researchers from UK universities and institutes and there are two categories of award:

New Researcher Prize: £750
The New Researcher Award is open to bioscience researchers currently reading for a Masters/PhD or in the first year of a post-doctoral position.

Established Researcher Prize: £1500
The Established Researcher Award is open to bioscience researchers who are beyond the first stages of their research career, as defined in the New Researcher category. The Society is looking for researchers who communicate their own work well, and who represent their own field strongly in the science communication world.
Please note: Professional science communicators, paid for science communication work beyond their role as a scientist, are not eligible to apply.

ESRC Festival of Social Science

Applications are now welcome for the ESRC Festival of Social Science and will close on the 9th May 2014. The Festival of Social Science offers an opportunity for researchers to hold events aimed at non-academic audiences. (Events which are aimed primarily at academic audiences are not eligible to be part of the Festival or to receive sponsorship.) The Festival of Social Science 2014 will take place from 1-8 November, and applications for sponsorship of up to £2,000 can be made to assist with events.

The ESRC have selected Birmingham as a Regional Hub for the Festival, meaning we can now assess and fund our own events as part of the Festival.

Public Engagement Ambassadors Event – NCCPE

The National Co-organisating Centre for Public Engagement will host its next Public Engagement Ambassadors Event at Leeds University on Thursday the 26th of June 2014. The event will run from 10.30am – 4pm, and will include a showcase of some of the public engagement activities underway at Leeds, an opportunity for networking and a session in the afternoon on a choice of topics listed on the booking form.