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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'

Biochemical Society Communication Competition - deadline 9 Aug 2021

The Biochemical Society are offering cash prizes and mentoring in two categories open to undergraduate and postgraduate students for this award that celebrates outstanding science communication.

Alzheimer's Research UK Inspire Fund, deadline 5 August 2021

Azheimer's Research UK offer up to £25k to engage and empower the public by improving understanding of dementia and sharing the benefits of dementia research.

Putting Stories to Work - brand new online training session now available

A new interactive training session that builds on our 'Telling Stories that Matter' training session delivered by narrative skills coach Robert Holtom. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grants, deadline 7 June 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.

Zoology (Julia Migné and Sofia Castello Y Tickell) awarded Departmental Capacity Building Seed Fund

Congrats to Julia and Sofia on a successful application to the Departmental Capacity Seed Fund. You can read their project overview here. Applications for this have now closed, but watch this space for news on how this scheme may run in the future.

In Control: By Design - a PER Lab Case Study

Julien Carponcy (MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit), Joy Todd (GLAM Division) and Jozie Kettle (Pitt Rivers Museum) were awarded £12,000 to support people with motor-related neurological conditions (such as Parkinson’s, and their families and carers) to work with researchers, engineers, and artists/fashion designers to create their own aesthetically pleasing mobility solutions, and to empower them to manage their day to day lives, inspired and provoked by collections from the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Online event: Misinformation or censorship: science reporting and social media, 22 June

This is joint online event between the Association of British Science Writers and the group Challenging Pseudoscience, at the Royal Institution, aims to hear from people on all sides of the problem to formulate recommendations on how social media companies and regulators could navigate this complex issue, to provide the science news we need.

COMING SOON: Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Public Engagement grants, deadline 8 September

Applications open 30 June. Ingenious grants provide £3k to £30k for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering while providing engineers with skills and opportunities in public engagement.

Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology Fellowships for British Ecological Society members, deadline 14 June

A three-month fellowship, open to British Ecological Society members currently studying for a PhD in a UK university, to get an insider's view of how parliament works.

John Maddox Prize, nominations deadline 14 June

The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of an individual to promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. There is an additional prize for early career researchers. There is a cash prize.

Talking Maths in Public - 25-28 August, online

A maths communication conference taking place online with three half-day sessions, including workshops, discussions and networking.

Public Engagement with Research Conference 2021: registration now open, 6-15 July, Online

Oxford's third Public Engagement with Research Conference takes place over two weeks featuring internal and external speakers and contributors. This year's online conference is intended for Oxford researchers, research students and engagement facilitators.

Healthcare Infection Society Public Engagement Grants, deadline 1 September 2021

The Healthcare Infection Society public engagement grants provide up to £1,000 to support events where aspects of clinical microbiology, infection prevention and control, and healthcare associated infections are promoted to the public and other relevant stakeholders. Applicant(s) must include a member of the society.

Royal College of Pathologists Public Engagement Innovation Grants, deadline 1 June 2021

This scheme supports individuals or organisations delivering pathology-related public engagement activities or events. Grants are worth up to £1,000 each.

STFC Public Engagement Early Career Forum, apply now, deadline 3 June 2021

The STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum (the 'PEER Forum') supports talented scientists and engineers in the early stages of their career to develop their public engagement and outreach goals.

Who Writes the Future: a PER Lab case study

Jacob Ward (formerly Mathematical Institute) worked with the Bodleian Library on the project that aimed to diversify the voices writing the future by inviting young people to collaborate with science and humanities researchers and a ‘writer in residence’.

Science Communication Masterclass, 14-17 June 2021, online

The University of the West of England's Bristol's Science Communication (SCU) Masterclass is an intensive, short course (four days) created to provide professional development in science communication.

NCCPE's Engage Academy - Applications now open, deadline 28 June

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement's 9 month professional development programme, the Engage Academy, is designed for those working to support and change the culture around public engagement. This programme will be delivered online.

KEF results: Oxford top 10% for Public & Community Engagement of all UK Higher Education institutions

The results of the Knowledge Exchange Framework were recently published, recognising the University of Oxford as a UK leader in Knowledge Exchange. The university performed well across many dimensions, and of course what I'm interested in... public and community engagement.

STFC Spark Awards, DEADLINE EXTENDED 6 May 2021

These grants provide up to £15k to support programmes of novel public engagement that focus on a topic within the council’s remit or align to the science and technology work of the council’s national and international laboratories and facilities.

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