Things That Go Pop: A review

Back on Sept 6th, on the opening night of the British Science Festival, the Public Engagement Working Group helped sponsor an event curated by Flatpack film festival. Things That Go Pop was an evening of combustible vapours, scientific cocktails, and free thinking inspired by chemist, theologian, and all-round visionary Joseph Priestley. This event was included in the British Science Festival programme and featured experiments and demos led by University of Birmingham researchers from Chemistry and History departments. In the lead up to the event, the University’s research pop-up shopThink Corner  also ran chemistry inspired activities to promote Things That Go Pop.

Chemist, Rowena Fletcher-Wood was one UoB researcher who was part of the evening’s activities. We asked Rowena to write us a mini-review which you can read below.

Were you there? If so, let us know what you thought in the comments below! Should we do more of this type of thing?

Volunteer for the BSF: Science Busking!

Are you interested in taking part in the British Science Festival?  There is an opportunity to volunteer on the 6th and 7th of September.  This is through something called science busking, which is doing hands-on activities using everyday household items for the public.  On Saturday 6th, it will take place on centenary square outside the Birmingham library and on Sunday 7th, it will take place at the University of Birmingham as part of community day.
We will be running training in an evening before the festival, most likely Thursday 4th September.  Although you are not obliged to go, we strongly recommend that you attend this training.  The training ensures that you have had enough time to practice your activity as well as others and you will meet the people you will be volunteering with on the day. We will also give you general guidance about how to engage the general public. This training should not be longer than 2 hours.
You can either participate for a full day or half day, in which travel expenses will be refunded and a lunch voucher will be provided for all volunteers.  Here are the times available for half days:
If you stay for a full day, we will arrange shifts so that someone will cover your lunch break.
Volunteer places will be given on a first-come first-serve basis.  As we need to order t-shirts, please send us your t-shirt size and confirmation of your interest by Friday 15th August at 12pm.  Once you have sent your t-shirt size and your availability, your place will be confirmed and you will be put in the rota.  If for any reason you are unable to volunteer, please tell us as soon as possible so we can make sure there is a volunteer in your place.
If interested please contact:
Sarah Cosgriff
STEM Administrator (Birmingham & Solihull)
Student Recruitment
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
T: 0121 414 3167

ScienceGrrl’s Brum chapter seeks new recruits for BSF event

The Birmingham chapter of ScienceGrrl are recruiting women scientists and engineers for the British Science Festival event, ‘I’m a ScienceGrrl, Talk to Me’.

It will take place around Birmingham Central Library, on Saturday 6th September 10:00 till 16:00 and is described briefly below.

This is a great opportunity for women role models to share, with a family audience, their passion for why they work in science and engineering,