The 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.
Wed 26th February, 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, Thinktank Theatre, Level 2, Millennium Point, Curzon St
Sir Mark Walport is the new Chief Science Adviser to the UK Government. He has a background in immunology and now turns his attentions to the most pressing issue we face as a global society: our climate. In this series of talks across the UK he discusses with public audiences what the science tells us, and asks what should we, as a developed nation, do in response?
The Science Showoff is a chaotic open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science.
Public Engagement is a growth area in Higher Education with Research Councils including it as recommended good practice and many institutions considering what it means to be an ‘engaged University’. It is also an activity that many PGRs would like to get involved with. The concept of engagement is rapidly evolving from speaking to school children to participating in festivals, and from testing out research findings on users to actively involving ‘the public’ in research design. Not only is the variety of activity becoming more adventurous but, as the concept grows, the range of possibilities for engagement is expanding – the key question is how should students and their supervisors respond to this?
Arts & Science Festival will return for its second year in 2014. Running Monday 17 – Friday 21 March 2014 and themed ‘Life & Death’, the festival will be a free programme showcasing culture, research and collaboration at the University through talks, exhibitions, performances, workshops and screenings.
The Cultural Engagement team is currently inviting departments across campus to submit events – these may be events already scheduled to happen, or events developed and realized especially for the festival. All submissions will be marketed as part of the festival programme, and included in online listings and printed publicity.
Think Corner is a ground-breaking public engagement project which will take research out of the confines of campus and instead showcase it directly within the local community for a period of one whole month. Think Corner will be a ‘pop-up’ shop in the city centre that will provide a space for the research community to engage the public of Birmingham in a two-way dialogue about research: encouraging discussion about the value and importance of University of Birmingham research and the roles that the public have to play in benefiting from or helping shape this research.
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