Science & Religion – BSA Science Communication Masterclass (10-11 May)

The British Science Association and Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum, are pleased to announce a free, two-day workshop on Science Communication and Religion.

The event is particularly recommended for science communicators with an interest in religion and faith, or those working with emotive or sometimes controversial themes.

You can read more about the project here:http://sciencereligionspectrum.org/about-2

The event aims to:

  • Improve familiarity and literacy in communicating on science and religion
  • Explore areas of faith, trust, belief, and religion in science communication
  • Support attendees to develop new outputs, partnerships and projects

Sessions will be led by science communication practitioners and academics from a variety of disciplines researching the intersection of science and religion in public spaces. The sessions will be framed by preliminary data from the Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum project and there will be practical exercises built around case-studies, proposals and evaluation plans. The full programme will be released over the next few weeks, with sessions including:

  • Storytelling: balancing narrative and ‘truth’
  • Hosting constructive debates
  • Science and religion, past and present
  • Partnerships and participation: an external perspective
  • Beyond box ticking: The evaluation, revision, and re-delivery cycle
  • Trust in science, trust in sci-comm? Moving the conversation forward

Presenters and panelists include: Dr Alexander Hall (Newman University), Professor Fern Elsdon-Baker (Newman University), James Riley (Rising Ape), Ivvet Modinou (British Science Association), Charlotte Hale (FLUX: Moving Science), Brian Lobel (Sick of the Fringe) , and more to be announced.

The event is free to attend, including travel and accommodation costs associated with attendance. Places are limited, so early-sign-up is encouraged. A deposit of £15 is payable to secure your place on this event, which will be refunded upon attendance.

Note that this workshop is funded by the Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum project. Attendance, travel, and accommodation are provided free of charge on the understanding that participants contribute to the workshop debates and engage with the project’s research. Post workshop there will be opportunities for attendees to create science communication materials and outputs related to the workshop content and wider research findings of the project.

For information and to sign up go HERE 

Image & content: British Science Association

Social Media for Impact workshop (Nov 1st)

 

Social Media for Research Impact

Tuesday 1st November 2016
10.00-14.00
G13, Nuffield

This event is for all those who are interested in understanding how they can make more effective use of a range of social media in order to maximise the visibility and potential impact of their research.

Target audience: UoB Academic researchers and Professional Services supporting research, impact, engagement and communications.

Our key speaker for this event will be Professor Mark Reed, Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation at Newcastle University who has made a significant contribution to research impact training with the launch of  ‘Fast Track Impact’.

Click on the link below to register for a place at this workshop.

Register for this event.

For more information email Research Planning Partner for MDS/LES, Veronica Littlewood: V.R.Littlewood@bham.ac.uk

 

For further details, contact

Ronni Littlewood
Research Planning Partner

v.r.littlewood@bham.ac.uk

Free Workshop: Fun Palaces & Wellcome host event for you to find out more

Culture belongs to us all! Find out how anyone, anywhere can make a Fun Palace, where everyone is an artist and everyone a scientist. Change the world with radical fun.

A Fun Palace is a free, local event using arts and science to celebrate each unique community and the skills and interests of those who live there.

FUN PALACES AND BIRMINGHAM REP

 Invite you to a free workshop to find out how anyone, anywhere can make a Fun Palace.

 Last year there were 142 Fun Palaces across the country with 2079 people involved in making them and over 50,000 people participating. People gathered to make and share arts, sciences, learning, games and have FUN – this workshop is your chance to find out how to get involved. You don’t need to be an expert in anything to make a Fun Palace – you just need to want to make something happen (however tiny) with and for the people that live around you.

Loved meeting so many other creatives within our area and realising that we can do whatever we want – the world’s our oyster!!” 

2015 workshop participant

Are you intrigued to find out more, interested to meet other people who might want to get involved; got some ideas you would like to share, some questions about how it works?  Then come along to this conversation event and see what you think. You can find out more on our website: funpalaces.co.uk/ Or watch this video to find out what happened at Fun Palaces 2015: http://bit.do/FP2015

Any questions? Prefer to book by phone? Need help with access or travel costs? Get in touch. E-mail kirsty@funpalaces.co.uk or ring 0208 692 4446 ext. 203 and leave a message

Date and Time: 10th May, 5 – 7:30pm (children welcome)

Where: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street,  B1 2EP

Free, but please book your place here as space is limited: http://fpbirmingham2016.eventbrite.co.uk

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WORKSHOP / Revealing Research: An Introduction to Public Engagement (Feb 24th)

Are you a PhD student or early career researcher? Are you interested in getting involved with public engagement but are unsure how to communicate your research effectively? If so, come along to an introductory workshop to learn valuable skills to get you started with public engagement!

The workshop is a 3 hour interactive session designed by UoB researchers for UoB researchers. It aims to develop and build upon some of the essential skills necessary to deliver research effectively to the public. The brief aims of the workshop are:

  • Meet PhD students/ECRs from across the University and find out about the public engagement they do.
  • Explore what public engagement with research means and develop useful skills through interactive group activities and discussions.
  • Network with others and learn about opportunities for you to get involved.

Learning objectives:

  • Deepen your understanding of public engagement with research.
  • Learn essential skills/techniques which can be applied for your own public engagement.
  • Identify your skills and think about next steps or further training to take you forward.

The workshop is open to postgraduate and early career researchers from all Colleges and will be based at N334 in the Gispert Kapp building on Wednesday 24th February 2016 from 1-4pm.

To reserve your place, please email c.d.t.gillett@bham.ac.uk with ‘Revealing Research Workshop’ in the title. Please also include your name, position (e.g. 2nd Year PhD, Postdoc), School/department and your College.

The workshop has a limited number of spaces so registration is essential and will be on a first-come basis.

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Pay-it-Fwd: BIG newsletter article

The Pay-it-Fwd cohort has written a short piece for the January 2016 BIG newsletter describing their experience of the training they received at the ‘How to Train Researchers in Public Engagement’ workshop held in Newcastle in November 2015.

Read the full article here: http://www.big.uk.com/enews34

 

How to Train Researchers Workshop: Reflections from University of Birmingham’s Pay-it-Fwd cohort! 

Caroline Gillett, University of Birmingham 

The University was recently awarded the RCUK Catalyst Seed Fund to create momentum for culture change around PE at the institution. Our bid placed a clear emphasis on training and workshops for our researchers and as part of this I’ve decided to pilot a small-scale project that was a little different. Having already been impressed by the Little Event 2014, when I heard about the How to Train Researchers Workshop in Newcastle I knew I wanted to go, but I wanted to give others the opportunity to come too! This is how the ‘Pay-it-Forward with Public Engagement Programme’ was born.

A callout for five researchers enthusiastic about PE was sent out across the University and we received lots of interest, making it a hard task for the University’s Public Engagement with Research Committee (PERC) to select our cohort. However, I am really happy with the researchers we selected as together they span the breadth of our University’s research disciplines from arts and humanities through to social, medical, physical and life sciences.

Also joining us on this venture is colleague and sci-comm maverick Jon Wood whose involvement with the pilot has been real asset thanks to his vast PE experience and can-do attitude. The Pay-it-Forward programme has two stages.:

  • Stage 1: Training – All seven of us got trained at the BIG How to Train Researchers Workshop!
  • Stage 2: Paying-it-Fwd – Our researchers will bring back the activities and training learned to together develop a practical public engagement workshop for UoB staff and students in early 2016, putting the training they have received at the BIG workshop in to real world practice and paying-it-forward to fellow colleagues and students.

Personally, I found the training day incredibly useful and it was a fantastic opportunity to meet other practitioners. More importantly though here’s what our researchers had to say:

Ruth Wareham: “I approached the BIG event with a modicum of trepidation; as someone whose science education ended some time ago, and with a background firmly rooted in the arts and humanities, I wasn’t entirely sure how well I’d fit in with a room full of self-professed ‘STEM Communicators’!  I needn’t have worried – the event was informative, interesting and lots of fun. Perhaps more importantly, all of the activities suggested could be used in a range of disciplinary contexts. The presenters had clearly thought carefully about the sessions and adapted them to suit the experience level and needs of the delegates.”

Elizabeth Randall: “I came to the BIG workshop with no experience of training researchers in public engagement…I felt somewhat lacking in confidence at the start of the day but after talking to a number of people about what makes a good trainer I now feel well-equipped to design and deliver a workshop to researchers at my university.

Sophie Cox: “At the start of the training session I put myself at the bottom of the cohort when asked our levels of confidence to train others in public engagement. By lunch I’d taken some steps forward and at the end of the day I’d leapfrogged my way to the top and was bursting with enthusiasm to get started with bringing loads of inspiring ideas back to the University” 

Katherine Eales: “As a doctoral researcher I am still at an early stage in my career and so it was great to get the opportunity to network with such a diverse range of experienced PE communicators. I also am thankful for the Pay-it-Forward scheme as I got to meet and work with some great and diverse researchers from UoB whom I wouldn’t necessarily have got to engage with! I am really looking forward to using the skills I gained at the BIG workshop to develop and deliver our introductory workshop to a wide range of graduate and early career researchers!

So there you have it! To find out how we get on in Stage 2 check out our blog and follow us on Twitter @UOBengage. Big thanks to BIG, all those who shared tips and tricks at the event and the others we met there.

Free Media Training with Malcolm Love on May 6th

The Public Engagement Working Group (PEWG) has organized a 2 hour media training workshop with Malcolm Love (ex-BBC producer, also Famelab International Trainer and occasional broadcaster) who will be giving expert hints, tips and advice on presenting to camera this Tuesday 6th May at the Learning Centre UG10 2-4pm. This event has been organized in support of the Less Talk, More Action‘  video competition recently launched by the PEWG. This competition is open to all UoB postgraduates, post-docs and senior researchers. You can submit a video individually or as part of a research group. All information on the competition can be found HERE, including an example video as well as a  how-to tutorial video on how to create and edit a video if you’ve never made one before. (Please note the competition deadline is May 30th).
 
Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to get helpful support on presenting to camera and learn the do’s and don’ts of making content decisions. This workshop will be useful to anyone who would like to present their research to camera in the future, whether for the ‘Less Talk, More Action’ competition or for other opportunities that may present themselves in the future. This media training is free for all UoB researchers and research students to attend.
 
Malcolm Love will be talking at the Learning Centre UG10 at 2-4pm: Free for all research UoB students and research staff to attend. We hope to see you there!
 
The PEWG will also be organizing a drop-in session on May 13th for those who would like help on the technical side of making a video. This will kindly be hosted by MDS Web Team members, Shawn Mayall & Angela Slater. We will post the location and time of this drop-in session here so check back again soon
 
Spread the message. Thank you.
PEWG.