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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'

Festival of Nature - open call, deadline 31 January 2022

In 2022 Festival of Nature is pulling together a full programme of collaborative in-person, digital and hybrid events across the Bristol and Bath region, and love to hear from you if you are involved in reaching audiences with environmental content.

New Scientist Live are looking for inspiring speakers and engaging activities, deadline 23 Jan 2022

New Scientist Live, a flagship event, is returning to London in October 2022, and are looking for inspiring speakers. They particularly encourage applications from early career researchers and people from under-represented groups.

Announcing: Oxford Sparks Ambassadors

The Oxford Sparks Ambassadors scheme is a new initiative to provide hands-on training and support for researchers to create online videos to share with the wider pubic about their research. Read about the first ever cohort of six researchers to take part in this scheme.

Soapbox Science 2022 - Call for speakers now open, deadline 28 Feb 2022

Soapbox Science is an annual event at venues around the world, where a dozen women talk about their scientific research to the public to raise the awareness of women in science.

Guide: Evaluating online engagement (events)

Research Services have produced a new guide to take a look at the different ways you can evaluate online events (meetings, festivals, workshops, etc), and include a range of pointers to different tools, illustrated with real-world examples of use.

David Attenborough award and lecture, deadline for nominations 25 Feb 2022

The Royal Society invites nominations for the David Attenborough award and lecture, which recognises an individual for public engagement with science in any science or technical discipline within the remit of the Royal Society. The award consists of a silver medal and a cash prize of £ 2,500.

STFC Legacy Awards - Deadline 3 Feb 2022

The Science and Technology Facilities Council invites applications for its public engagement legacy awards that provide up to £50,000 to enable STFC grant-funded public engagement programmes to continue to grow and evolve over time based on learning and evaluation.

New toolkit to support communications with research participants

Parkinson's UK have published a new clear and simple communications toolkit to help researchers share updates with participants. This is useful for any study that involves participants.

Royal Society of Chemistry prizes, nominations open, deadline 18 Jan 2022

The Royal Society of Chemistry currently has a range of prizes in sub-fields of chemistry, for various career levels, which include public engagement and outreach as one of the areas of contribution they will consider. Awards include cash prizes, medals and lectures.

RSC Diversity and Inclusion Award, deadline 18 Jan 2022

The Royal Society of Chemistry has opened nominations for this prize which recognises an individual or team's contribution and impact in promoting and improving the accessibility, inclusivity and diversity of the chemical science community. The award included a cash prize and a medal.

NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, deadline 2 Dec

NERC are encouraging public engagement project applications to this year's fellowship call, which are intended to enable the sharing and flow of knowledge and expertise between NERC funded researchers and their stakeholders, partners and/or user communities with the aim of generating impact from NERC funded research in the priority areas detailed in the NERC delivery plan.

British Society for Neuroendocrinology Outreach and public engagement grant, no deadline

The British Society for Neuroendocrinology offers up to £500 to support its members to organise public engagement activities aimed at school children or the wider public to communicate the science of neuroendocrinology.

STFC Public Engagement Leadership Fellowship, deadline 13 Jan 2022

Up to £200k is available for researchers working in STFC areas to undertake a prolonged programme of public engagement, and play a crucial role in championing PE in their institution and discipline.

EPSRC Impact Accelerating funding to support PER activities, deadline 16 Dec

The EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account is offering funds via this rapid call to support of PER activities involving user or patient engagement as a critical pathway to achieving societal and/or economic impact.

Applications open for British Science Festival Award Lectures, deadline 6 December

Every year the British Science Association asks for applications for the seven Award Lectureships available to early career academics who are skilled at engaging people with their research.

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grants, deadline 1 Nov 2021

Royal Society of Chemistry offers small (up to £5,000) with a monthly deadline and large (up to £10,000) grants, with 6 deadline, to enable members, individuals and organisations to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

EPSRC Digital economy telling tales of engagement competition, deadline 21 Dec

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, under the UK Research and Innovation digital economy theme, invites submissions for its digital economy telling tales of engagement competition, which aims capture the wider impact of digital economy research and to provide researchers with the opportunity to tell their story of research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience.

Evaluating Exhibitions and Displays - A recipe for evaluating museum exhibitions and displays

This guide and case study, was produced by the PER team in Research Services and takes you through a step by step process to plan, undertake and write up evaluation of the museum display or exhibition using the Traces of of the Past case display in the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Watch: Introduction to Evaluating Public Engagement with Research workshop

The presentation portion of this workshop, delivered by the PER team in research services, is now available to watch.

Royal Society of Biology Connect 2021: bringing outreach and engagement into the future, 23-25 Nov, online

This event will include talks, presentations, Q&A sessions, workshops and networking to provide training, information and discussion of contemporary issues relating to outreach and engagement.

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