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Find the latest updates of public engagement news, opportunities, funding, and more.

Priyanka Dhopade at the final of 'I'm a researcher'

Standing up for Science workshop for ECRS, 26 March - deadline 1 March

Sense about Science are running a free online workshop for early career researchers (ECRs) as part of our Voice of Young Science network, and aims to encourage ECRs to make their voices heard in public debates about science.

Take your research to New Scientist Live, deadline 5 March

New Scientist Live are planning virtual events through 2021 and are looking for speakers.

Science Communication Online Building Blocks - Engaging Participants in Online and Blended Environments

Join UWE Bristol’s Science Communication Unit for a three-part online training session to improve your confidence, knowledge and enjoyment of these possibly unfamiliar spaces of engagement.

Let's Talk About Climate: A PER Lab case study

Ken Amor (Earth Sciences) and Sarah Lloyd (Museum of Natural History) were awarded £5,000 with the aim of working with year 11 and 12 teenagers to explore the science of the IPCC reports and reinterpret them, with the support of researchers and museum collections and staff, by creating their own ‘report’ (written, video, art or performance), and sharing this report with policy and decision-makers.

PER Seed Fund 2020-21 Projects Announced

A total of 21 projects have been funded through the 2020/21 PER Seed Fund, including 2 from MPLS. You can take a look at the funded projects for inspiration and ideas, ready for the next round that will open in Autumn.

Online Workshop Series: Moving Dialogue Online

This series of workshops is designed for researchers and facilitators working in knowledge exchange and public engagement with research and looks beyond running virtual events, to exploring how deeper engagement, such as facilitating debate, dialogue events and participatory processes, can be run online

Free Webinar on Comedy in Communications, 8 March

As part of celebrations for International Women's Day this year the folks behind Finding Ada are hosting a 'Comedy and Communication' hour long, live-streamed panel discussion looking at how we can all use comedy techniques in our STEM communications and teaching.

Nuffield Research Placements - can you help to provide a high quality virtual placement to inspire a year 12 student?

NERC are looking for supervisors who can inspire talented 17-year old students by giving them the chance to discover what a career in Social Sciences and STEM.

Online sharing forum: Evaluating virtual festivals and online events, 23 March

This Online Sharing Forum will provide an opportunity for researchers and engagement practitioners to share, learn and develop your own ideas for tools and approaches that can be used to evaluate virtual festivals and online Public Engagement with Research events. Deadline to register: 19 March.

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grants, deadline 1 March 2021

Royal Society of Chemistry offers small (up to £5,000) and large (up to £10,000) grants to enable members, individuals and organisations to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Virtual Community Science Camp for Early Career Researchers in Environmental Science, deadline 8 March

Virtual Community Science Camp is a 5 week interactive online learning programme exploring the concept and practice of community-centred approaches to research as seen through a diverse set of case study examples.

Swindon Science Festival Engagement Opportunities & Grants for environmental researchers, deadline 3 Feb

NERC are offering environmental science researchers the opportunity to take part in public engagement activities as part of UKRI’s partnership with Swindon Science Festival 2021 Festival of Tomorrow, taking place digitally throughout February.

MPLS Impact Awards 2021: call for nominations, deadline 28 April

The annual MPLS Impact Awards, which includes a Public Engagement with Research category, aims to foster and raise awareness of impact by rewarding it at a local level, and preparing the ground for the impact case studies that will be needed for future REF and similar exercises. Nomination of researchers at all career stages are welcomed.

Online course: Science Communication: online and media writing

This course from the UWE Science Communication Unit will introduce you to science writing techniques that are suitable for non-academic audiences. It will explore key writing structures and key principles behind non-academic writing with an emphasis on online writing.

Event: NERC Engaging Environments partnership to explore community and public engagement in environmental science, Feb 8

This online interactive discussion session is an introduction to Engaging Environments Virtual Community Science Camp, an online learning course that will run from 19th April - 17th May 2021 and is open to early career environmental researchers.

Three Minute Thesis Competition - deadline 19 Feb

3 Minutes, 1 Slide…..Your Thesis! An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present; how about in just 3 minutes with the aid of a single slide? DPhil students are invited to apply to take part. Training and prizes are available! Training and final will take place virtually.

Royal Society Medals and Awards: nominations open, deadline 15 Feb

The Royal Society's prestigious annual awards and medals are now open for nominations. Awards require a nominator.

Departmental PER Seed Fund - now inviting applications, rolling deadline until 30 July 2021

The Departmental PER Seed Fund is an internal grant scheme offering £1,500 to £4,000 to support building capacity for Public Engagement with Research (PER) at the departmental level.

British Ecological Society Outreach Grants, deadline 19 March

The British Ecological Society offer grants up to £2,000 to encourage and support their members to promote ecological science to wider audience.

Sign up: Public Engagement Facilitators (PEF) Network

Launching in February 2021, the Public Engagement Facilitator Network aims to provide peer support and create a community comprised of professional services staff at the University who actively support, facilitate and/or lead public engagement with research as part of their role. You can sign up for the network and the first meeting now.

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