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

No more Pathways to Impact: how impact is being embedded into research grant proposals

Throw away your boiler plates, UKRI's new approach to embedding impact in research grants aims for more creative and meaningful plans. I've taken a look at what each of the research councils are saying about it.

Royal College of Pathologists Innovation Grant Scheme, deadline 1 July

The Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme offers up to £1,000 for the delivery of a range of pathology-related activities or events throughout the UK - including online/virtual actiities.

University of Oxford Public Engagement with Research Conference Programme and Registration now online

Oxford's second Public Engagement with Research Conference will be taking place online this year with four days of sessions featuring internal and external speakers and contributors. This event is for Oxford's research community, together with external guests, to explore and discuss Public Engagement with Research.

Could you be a community buddy?

The British Science Association is working to make connections between researchers and community organisations. Find out how to get involved and also more about their approach to community engagement. They're looking for connections with a group in the Banbury area.

Read: Misinformation and Its Correction

An article reviewing what we know about misinformation's origins, how we process information, and why it's so tricky to tackle misinformation. It provides some simple practical recommendations for anyone interested in understanding more to improve their practise.

Listen: Science communication made simple podcast from Nature Careers

The Working Scientist Podcast from Nature Careers discusses the craft of clear storytelling and science writing with seasoned communicators and journalists.

UKRI scientists wanted! I'm a Scientist, Stay at Home!

This online programme running throughout the summer term until 20 July enables school students to engage with active researchers and staff to provide inspiring STEM lessons for students as they are taught at home during school closures - based on the popular, excellent online engagement programme, I'm a Scientist... Get Me Out Of Here!

Intro to Communicating Your Science Online training, 8 June

A short webinar to give you a whistle-stop tour of the key ingredients for effective science communication, featuring Prof Chris Lintott (presenter of BBC's Sky At Night) to share his experiences and tips. We will also share how you can get involved in Oxford Sparks 'Science at Home' campaign.

UKRI Citizen Science Collaboration Grants, deadline 9 September

UKRI is launching a new funding scheme with up to £375,000 available to support multidisciplinary research collaborations that spread citizen science methods into new fields of research and involve citizens to address societally-relevant issues.

EXTENDED DEADLINE Sense About Science: John Maddox Prize nominations now open, deadline 26 May 2020

The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so, and comes with a cash prize. There is a early career category.

Online science communication and public engagement training from the British Ecological Society

The British Ecological Society has recently launched its new digital SciComm and Public Engagement training programme online via the training hub on their website. Running through May – August 2020, interactive workshops and resources are available and range greatly from pitching your research to television producers and constructing illustrated Zines, through to constructing websites and social media video production.

Webinar: A Recipe for Evaluating Online Citizen Science, 8 June

This webinar from the PER Team in Research Services will provide specific guidance on evaluating an online citizen science project to gather evidence of outcomes and impact and how to improve activities.

Wellcome Enriching Engagement Round 2 now open, EXTENDED DEADLINE 11 June

Enriching Engagement is a pilot Wellcome-funded grants programme open to Wellcome grant holders and awardees at the University of Oxford, to develop and deliver Public Engagement with Research projects, offering £10-40k or £50-100k worth of funding.

Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Awards, deadline 26 June

The Royal Society of Biology are inviting applications to their Outreach and Engagement Awards, that aims to reward bioscience researchers' outreach work carried out to inform, enthuse and engage the public. There are categories for both established and new researchers, both with a cash prize.

Applications open for IF-Oxford, 16-26 October, EXTENDED DEADLINE 1 June

IF Oxford is a science and ideas festival that explores innovative ideas and creative research in and around Oxford, welcoming thousands of visitors to events in dozens of venues across the city.

Biochemical Society Communication Competition - EXTENDED DEADLINE 28 May

This competition looks to identify and celebrate outstanding science communicators. A cash prize, mentoring and your entry published is up for grabs.

Royal Society of Chemistry Small Outreach Grants, deadline 11 May 2020

The Royal Society of Chemistry is offering up to £5,000 as part of the amended small outreach grants scheme, and up to £20,000 for large grants to support chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

NERC COVID-19 public engagement grant, deadline 13 May 2020

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) invites proposals for its COVID-19 public engagement gran whicht is providing up to £10,000 to support public engagement with environmental science that understands, addresses or mitigates the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Josh Award applications now open, deadline 21 April

The Josh Award is a national prize for early-career science communicators (including researchers) to recognise the achievement of talented individuals and offers the opportunity for winners to deliver an activity at Manchester Science Festival, develop their communication skills and gain access to professional networks. There is a cash prize.

Watch: How to make pro videos with your phone during a pandemic (20 mins)

Barry J Gibb, film-maker and former scientist has made this handy short introduction on how to make decent quality videos from home - based on a workshop he normally delivers.

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