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STFC Spark Awards 2017 (Deadline Oct 26th, 2017)

STFC Spark Awards 2017-B call is now open  for applications until 4.00pm on Thursday 26th October.

The Spark Awards scheme aims to support high quality programmes of public engagement that inspire and involve audiences with stories of STFC science and technology. Grants of up to £15k are available.

Proposed engagement programmes must clearly focus around the remit of the STFC science programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science) or clearly and demonstrably align to the science and technology work of STFC’s national and international laboratories and facilities.

Applicants should make clear how their application relates to the aims of the STFC Public Engagement Strategy

Applicants may choose which audiences to engage with and the methods of engagement. However, applications that propose engagement with audiences considered to have a low ‘science capital’ are encouraged. In addition, applications that highlight the social, ethical, and economic benefits of research are welcomed.

Before submitting your application you are encouraged to contact the STFC Public Engagement Team  to discuss your ideas.

FURTHER INFO HERE

 

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Storytelling Researcher Video Competition

The Public Engagement with Research Committee (PERC) invites UoB researchers and PGRs to enter our ‘Storytelling Researcher’ video competition. This is the second time PERC has run a research video competition, but this year we have a great opportunity for entrants to get valuable training via the free MOOC course on Digital Storytelling: Filmmaking for the Web available here: Digital Storytelling for the Web MOOC

The free online course starts on Sept 28th and runs for 4 weeks. Please note, you do not need to have signed on to the MOOC course to submit a video entry for the competition, but the course may be a very useful resource and support tool for you. We also have useful resources from last year’s competition here: ThinkPE – How Do I Create a video?

Deadline for video submission: Monday 30th November 2015 at 12 noon.

Only University of Birmingham researchers and research postgraduates are eligible to enter.

Details of competition

PERC want to celebrate and showcase the best of our research in the most creative and exciting ways possible. We are therefore offering 3 prizes for the best 5 minute videos based on Birmingham research aimed at a general audience. 1st place wins £200, 2nd place wins £100 and 3rd place wins £50. 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.

That won’t be the end of the journey for great content, whether you’re a prize winner or not – we hope to screen these videos to the public at festival events, on new areas of our website and any other innovative ways we can find to showcase your research excellence and creative efforts.

Professor Alice Roberts (the University’s very own Professor of Public Engagement with Science) will present the top 3 videos at the annual UoB Public Engagement with Research Event in December 2015. Time & Date: TBC.

 

How to enter?

For full details, rules & entry form contact PER Officer Caroline Gillett: c.d.t.gillett@bham.ac.uk.

The preferred file types are mov, avi, wmv, flv, mpg, mp4, wav and wma.

 

University of Birmingham joins RCUK Catalysts for Public Engagement with Research to deliver culture change

The University of Birmingham is thrilled to have been successfully awarded the Research Councils UK Public Engagement with Research Catalyst Seed Fund (CSF).

Building on the successes and momentum generated by the Catalyst funding and the Beacons for Public Engagement initiative, this new funding will help to catalyse change by ensuring that engaging the public becomes an integral part of the research process. Specifically, the CSF will provide flexible funding directly to higher education institutions to help create a culture where excellent public engagement with research is better embedded within the institution and appropriately included within its policies, procedures and practices.

University of Birmingham is among ten universities (listed below with their Principal Investigators) that will each receive £65,000 funding for public engagement activities over the next 12 months:

  • University of Birmingham: Professor Michael Whitby
  • University of Cambridge: Professor Lynn Gladden
  • University of Glasgow: Professor Jonathan Cooper
  • Imperial College London: Professor Maggie Dallman
  • King’s College London: Mr Chris Mottershead
  • University of Leeds: Professor David Hogg
  • University of Liverpool: Professor Dinah Birch
  • University of Oxford: Professor Ian Walmsley
  • University of Southampton: Professor Judith Petts
  • University of Warwick: Professor Pam Thomas

Professor John Womersley, RCUK’s Champion for Public Engagement with Research and Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), said: “Public engagement is an integral part of research and improves both its quality and impact. We know that researchers are more likely to participate in public engagement if they have the support of their institution. This Catalyst Seed Funding will support infrastructure and cultural change within the funded universities and help researchers to engage with schools and the wider community.”

Info courtesy of RCUK: http://bit.ly/1F0qzgx

PERC would like to thank RCUK for it’s generous investment and encouragement. More details of the proposal outlined in the RCUK bid will be divulged shortly.