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The British Science Association are seeking expressions of interest from researchers to connect with community leaders in Banbury to drive innovative community-led science engagement. Funding for resulting projects and training are included.

The British Science Association has announced a call for researchers to join their community engagement scheme, the Community Buddies programme.

For the last eight years, the BSA has been building a community engagement portfolio through a series of programmes, workshops, and grant schemes. Community organisers have reported to them that they rarely have access to researchers. As such, we are looking for researchers that live in specific areas to connect with their existing group of Community Leaders, who have an established record of delivering high-quality, impactful science engagement with the BSA.

The nearest community to Oxford is based in Banbury.

To be a Community Buddy, they ask that researchers:

  • Live locally to one of our 2023-24 Community Leaders (see below for the list of areas);
  • Be an active researcher linked to a university, research institution, or working freelance;
  • Attend one half-day online introductory session in September of 2023;
  • Commit to meeting with your buddy at least approximately six times between September 2023 – March 2024;
  • Take part in an in-person ‘community of practice’ meeting in London in March 2024 to share your experience with other buddy pairs and to learn about follow-up funding opportunities;
  • Set aside any pre-determined agendas when you first meet and be open to developing any outcomes together using a relational mindset.

Researchers will need to go in with an open mind to discovery community interests and collaborate to develop projects that align with shared interests and goals.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 10 July.

Full details and submit an expression of interest