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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'

Genetics Society Communicating Your Science workshop (online), deadline 26 Feb

This workshop brings together experts in different fields – writers, broadcasters, publishers, industrialists, computer scientists, and presenters – to help you explore and develop your communication skills. The course is open to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers working in genetics and related areas.

STFC Public Engagement Reaction Awards - no deadline

Up to £5,000 is available to support quick-responses for timely projects e.g., that are responding to unexpected and/or highly significant discoveries, or significantly heightened awareness of the social, cultural, or economic impacts of STFC science and technology.

MRC Public Engagement in Science Activities - Seed Fund, no deadline

To encourage and support engagement with the public and other stakeholders, funds are available to enable MRC-funded scientists to pilot new activities and develop innovative engagements. Up to £5,000 is available.

British Pharmacological Society Engagement Grants, no deadline

The British Pharmacological Society offers small grants up to £250 or larger grants up to £1,500 to support and promote engagement with all forms of pharmacology and drug discovery research.

Join the Engagement and Impact Community of Practice for non-academic staff, 8 Dec

The first official meeting of the RISN Engagement & Impact Community of Practice will place on Tuesday 8th December 2020 from 14.00-15.30 via Microsoft Teams.

British Neuroscience Association Public Programme Call for Proposals, deadline 20 Jan 2021

The BNA Festivals of Neuroscience includes activities designed to share the excitement, knowledge, and latest research in neuroscience with people who wouldn't normally attend a scientific conference - i.e. anyone who isn't a neuroscientist. If you have an existing activity or idea you can suggest it as part of their public programme.

Engage Festival, 30 Nov – 4 Dec - watch the daily livestream to catch highlights

The Engage Festival is an online extravaganza that will bring together all of those keen to support the role of public engagement in reimagining our world. There's a variety of sessions to provide information, inspiration and opportunities to network.

Physiological Society: Large Outreach Grants, deadline 31 Jan 2021

The Physiological Society offers grants £500 to £20,000 to support projects that increase understanding and awareness of physiology.

2021: a bumper year for PER at the University

Each year the university hosts one of either the VC's PER Awards or the PER Conference, but next year we get both! Save the dates and get thinking about what you can submit/nominate for an award.

MPLS Division seeking new Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research, deadline extended 11 Dec

We've extended our deadline in search of a new Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research - you'll play a key role updating and reshaping of the Division's Strategic Plan for Public Engagement with Research, and help improve opportunities and support for public engagement. This role has administrative support, budget and an additional responsibility allowance.

Establishing a new science engagement programme...

MPLS and MSD are collaborating on a new science engagement programme to support researchers and our local communities.

Coming Soon: Departmental Culture Change Seed Fund

This scheme, which will offer £1,500 to £4,000 to support departmental culture change projects, is being launched in January 2021, so get those thinking caps on.

Read: Five Rules to Communicate Evidence

This comment piece in Nature provides excellent, clear tips and food for thought if you're a researcher who wants to communicate the evidence to foster public discussion and build trust.

The Ideas Fund - coming soon for mental wellbeing projects

The Ideas Fund is a new grants programme delivered by the British Science Association and funded by Wellcome that enables the UK public to think about, develop and test new ideas related to areas of mental wellbeing that are relevant to them. The Fund connects communities with research professionals to bring their ideas to life. The Fund will launch mid-January and run until October 2023. The first round of funding will be focused on four localities – more information on these will be available when the Fund is launched.

Royal Society of Chemistry - Chemistry for All outreach grants, deadline 1 March 2021

RSC are now inviting applications from universities, consortia of organisations and charities to interpret the findings from Chemistry for All and apply these in the design and implementation of a two-year outreach programme for school students. Up to £25,000 is available.

Read: What having conversations with voters taught me about science communication

"Even during a bitter election season, persuasive conversations were not only possible, but surprisingly attainable". It might feel like it's utterly impossible to have productive conversations about science sometimes but this article featured in Scientific American gives a really interesting perspective and reflections on effective strategies for having potentially sticky conversations. Get yourself a cuppa and give it a read; especially if your research is in climate change or any other 'controversial' area.

Online course: popular science writing

This course, offered by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continue Education, aims to familiarise you with the value and purposes of popular science writing, and help you explore a range of techniques and styles and develop your skills for writing about science.

Read: applying storytelling to communicating research

In this blog a researcher works through their two favourite storytelling 'tools' to apply narrative to research communication.

Webinar: What is a STEM club and how can I run one during a pandemic? 26 Nov

What's a STEM club? How do you run a STEM club during the pandemic? Hear from people running clubs, have the chance to ask your questions and share your experieinces.

The Equity Compass: a tool to help make engagement with young people more equitable

The people behind the 'Science Capital' research and projects have a launched a new project focussed on young peoples' engagement with STEM, and how to help make it more equitable. They've released some new publications and tools for those undertaking engagement.

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