The Royal Society: Summer Science Exhibition 2017


This is your opportunity to be part of next year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, happening in London 3 – 9 July 2017.

Showcase your research and technology to over 13,000 visitors in a diverse celebration of the UK’s best science. The Royal Society help you every step of the way, providing planning expertise, training in public engagement, and resources you can take back to your team.

The Royal Society wants to hear from any researchers based in the UK. Submit your proposal before Monday 26 September 2016. UoB researchers are encouraged to let Public Engagement with Research Committee know if they are applying to be involved at the festival.

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Interested in collecting Big Data from 9-11yr olds with BBC’s ‘My World’ (Deadline for proposals: Feb 15th)


BBC Learning is planning a major campaign for 2016/2017 aimed at engaging Key Stage 2 pupils (ages 9-11) with investigative science. This exciting and innovative campaign will revolve around the theme of ‘My World’, with key partners including the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society. Schools will take part in a series of investigations over the course of an academic year – each focused on the 5 key curriculum areas for year 5 which are; Forces, Animals including Humans, Living Things & Habitats, Properties & Change of Materials and, Earth & Space.

BBC would like to hear from researchers with an interest in simple but large-scale data collection from potentially huge numbers of the 9-11 age-group and their daily lives. For example, would you be interested in exploring the sleep patterns of 10 year olds? Could the daily recording of weather conditions in every school in the UK give you data that might otherwise be inaccessible? If your project fits, BBC will work with you to devise the investigations through ‘My World.’ Data will be publicly available, however scientists can ensure data is relevant to their own interests for their further analyses and publications. If you are interested in getting involved please send a brief (300 words maximum) outline of your research project and how it might fit with the BBC Learning Science campaign to:

Closing Date is Monday February 15th, 2016

For more detailed info get in touch directly or contact the University of Birmingham’s PER Officer, Caroline Gillett so she can email you the briefing sheet.



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.