The Millennial Apprentice (March 11)

Join Dr Mariachiara Barzotto and Dr Paula Pérez-Sobrino (University of Birmingham) for this workshop -in quiz format- to explore the new face of manufacturing, and to find out more about how manufacturers truly design and build the future in smart factories.

Two teams of 4 contestants & audience will put to test their perceptions on manufacturing labour in the age of millennials and technology.  Teams will compete for the chance to win Amazon vouchers. There will be also a prize for members of the audience.

WHEN: March 11th, 2017


15:30 – 16:30
Full details on their website HERE

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize (Deadline: Dec 1)

The Celebrating Impact Prize, now in its fifth year, is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers and ESRC associates. It celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in interdisciplinary, collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact.

Applications for the 2017 Celebrating Impact Prize close at 16.00 on 1 December 2016

Details can be found HERE

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining: Young Persons Lecture Competition

There is a lecture competition on Thursday 25th February, 2016 where a 15 minute lecture on a materials, mining, minerals, packaging, clay technology or wood science related subject will win you £50, with the heat winner receiving £100, and the final in Brazil with a prize of £1000.  Students from Met & Mat, Chemical Engineering, EESE, Mech Eng, Nuclear Science and Geoscience are eligible.

If anyone would like to get involved, initially please contact Jo Eagles on




Latest public engagement funding, prizes and competitions…

Check the blog for regular updates on public engagment funding, prizes and competitions. Also see our funding pages:

The Physiological Society Public Engagement Grants

Through the grants we hope to fund activities which:

  • Inspire creative public engagement with physiology
  • Stimulate physiologists to share their stories, passion and expertise in innovative ways with wider audiences, particularly those that are traditionally hard to reach
  • Increase dialogue between researchers and the public, in particular on topics such as the relevance of research to health, medicine and performance.
  • Produce materials and resources which can be used for further public engagement and outreach work.

They are keen to receive project applications which fit under our 2016 theme, ‘Elite Performance’. For more information about the grant scheme, including T&Cs, application guidance and past projects please visit our website ( or email me ( Applications should be submitted by 11.59 pm, Sunday 28 February 2016. Funding decisions will be announced at the end of April.



The 2016 round of the STFC Public Engagement Fellowships scheme is open for applications. The closing date is Thursday 25th February 2016 at 4.00pm

The  Public Engagement Fellowship scheme aims to support the very best people in STFC’s community to undertake extended programmes of the highest-quality, innovative public engagement as a core part of their job role. The Fellowships purchase a proportion of a researcher’s time to enable them to concentrate more on public engagement activities which will have a significant national or regional impact. For details about the scheme please contact the  STFC Public Engagement Team


2016 Celebrating Impact Prize

  • Open to all ESRC projects – excluding previously winning projects
  • Previously unsuccessful entrants welcome to resubmit
  • Prior winners may also submit new research impacts
  • Streamlined application process
  • £60,000 total prize money available

Now in its fourth year, the Celebrating Impact Prize is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic and societal impacts. It celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in collaborative working, partnerships, interdisciplinary projects, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact.

We particularly welcome interdisciplinary projects, those involving the use of big data resources or infrastructure, and impacts from institutions submitting for the first time.

The 2016 Celebrating Impact Prize has six categories, each representing areas covered by the ESRC; with sole winners in each category receiving £10,000 to further support their research or further impact activities. The call for applicants closes Friday 29th January 2016 at 3pm. Interested parties should read the following information, and submit their work for consideration via the ESRC forms on impact prize page

  • Outstanding Impact in Business
  • Outstanding Impact in Public Policy
  • Outstanding Impact in Society
  • Outstanding International Impact
  • Outstanding Early Career Impact
  • Impact Champion

Information on previous Winners, their research, impact case studies, FAQs and the event may be found here. For further information please contact: ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize team, Email:, Telephone: 01793 414697.


Biochemical Society 

Are you a talented science communicator?

 If so, then enter our 2016 Science Communication Competition. We are looking for original pieces of writing or videos on a topic of relevance to molecular bioscience. Winners receive a cash prize and professional mentoring session. Mentors include Dr Kat Arney, Dr Steve Cross and the Science Media Centre.

Find out more and enter. Deadline 8 April 2016.



British Science Association, Bristol and Bath Branch – FILM FESTIVAL

The Bristol and Bath branch of the British Science Association are organising a science film festival and competition to be held during British Science Week.

We’re looking for amateur film makers, including those with little or no experience, to submit short films of up to 10 minutes on a science theme that interests them.  Deadline for submissions is 1st February 2016. Shortlisted entries will be screened in Bristol at the Cube Microplex on 20th March 2016 and there will be prizes for both local and national entries!

For more information about the competition and how to submit a film visit our website and see the Facebook event.



British Science Festival: Nominate an Award Lecture

Award Lecture nominations are now open. The deadline is Friday 4 March. To propose a nomination, fill out this form.

Awards are available in seven different areas:

  • Margaret Mead – social sciences
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel, supported by Siemens – engineering, technology and industry
  • Charles Lyell – environmental sciences
  • Charles Darwin – agricultural, biological and medical sciences
  • Rosalind Franklin, supported by Siemens – physical sciences and mathematics
  • Daphne Oram – digital innovation
  • Jacob Bronowski – science and the arts

The selected lecturers will receive an all expenses paid trip to the British Science Festival, a £250 honorarium and an invitation to the Festival Dinner. There may also be other opportunities to present the Award Lecture at other science festivals in the UK.

If you submit a nomination, we will be in touch with a decision by April. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Rosie Waldron.

See the full list of Award Lectures since 1990.


Royal Society of Chemistry’s Outreach Fund

Deadline Friday 29 January 2016. Currently accepting small grant applications, up to £2000. Through the Outreach Fund, we aim to encourage and support the development of projects that:


School Science also lists a number of competitions for schools-related activity. Not all of these will be relevant but you can take a look through their list here:

Storytelling Researcher Video Competition: Winners announced

A massive thank you to every one who submitted a video into our Storytelling Researcher Video Competition. PERC were extremely impressed the quality of the videos submitted, as well as the imaginative techniques and ideas used. Watch all the videos below.

The winners were announced today at our ‘Myth-busting the barriers to public engagement with research’ event on Dec 11th, 2015:
3rd place (£50 each): Punam Mistry and Elizabeth Randall
2nd Place (£100): Nina Vyas

1st Place (£200):  Joe Tickle

Huge congratulations to the winners, a huge amount of effort and attention to detail went into these videos.



Thanks to the hard word from all our other entrants too! Even if you didn’t win, we want to emphasize again how much we appreciate your efforts.

BBSRC-LEAF Science Activity Competition

BBSRC researchers are invited to design and produce engaging farm-related bioscience activities for use by farmers and visiting scientists at LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday on 5 June 2016.

Read article HERE

Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is the farming industry’s annual open day where the public can find out how their food is produced and the work farmers do to manage the countryside. Since 2006, over 1000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates thanks to LEAF, welcoming over 1.5M people onto their farms.

BBSRC is making £17,000 available to develop up to 10 agricultural science activities that inspire and educate people about the science behind farming and food production; highlighting the importance of farming in the context of food security.

The resources will be available for farmers and visiting researchers at Open Farm Sunday on 5 June 2016, and may also be used as curriculum targeted school resources. Activities must be on topic, understandable and easy for farmers to implement on their land.

The closing date for applications is 6 December 2015.

For more information, and details on how to apply visit:

For more information on LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday visit:


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:

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


Chemistry World’s annual science communication competition

Chemistry World’s annual science communication competition returns and is now open for entries. The topic this year: chemistry and art!

The competition offers a fantastic opportunity for students, postgraduates, researcher or anyone with knowledge of science and an interest in science communication to demonstrate their skill and be published in Chemistry World.