Call for applications: Royal Society Pairing Scheme 2014

Royal Society Pairing Scheme for Scientists, Parliamentarians and Civil Servants

The Royal Society Pairing scheme offers scientists working in industry or academia the opportunity to understand the policy process and explore methods of sharing their knowledge with Government. Scientists will spend time together in their Laboratory and in turn in their paired MP’s constituency or Civil Servant’s Government office. All scientists will participate in a ‘Week in Westminster’ providing a valuable insight into how science policy is formed.

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.

Shakespeare is 450 next week – but why, really, are we celebrating?

Join Mark Ravenhill on BBC Radio 3, 6.45pm this Easter Sunday for a special documentary developed by Ideas Lab with the Shakespeare Institute and produced by Unique. It’s followed by a production of Antony and Cleopatra starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston.

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh Sciences Festival

The Edinburgh International Science Festival is happening now (5th – 20th of April, 2014), but it is not too late to get tickets for final days! 

Edinburgh International Science Festival is an educational charity that encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the wonder of the world around them. We are best known for organising Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival – the world’s first celebration of science and technology, and still one of Europe’s largest.

The two-week event places emphasis on giving audiences amazing experiences through a programme of innovative and inspiring events. Alongside the annual festival, the organisation has a strong focus on education and also runs a touring programme that visits schools throughout the year.

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.