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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'

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.

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grants, deadline 4 May 2021

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

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.

Booking now open for Public Engagement with Research training

Each term we provide a selection of free courses to help you think about and plan high quality engagement. This term, all training will be provided online. All courses are open to DPhils and researchers at all levels, for MPLS and MSD divisions.

Departmental PER Seed Fund - now inviting applications, rolling deadline until 30 July 2021

The Departmental PER Seed Fund is an internal grant scheme offering £1,500 to £4,000 to support building capacity for Public Engagement with Research (PER) at the departmental level.

MPLS Impact Awards 2021: call for nominations, deadline soon - 28 April

The annual MPLS Impact Awards, which includes a Public Engagement with Research category, aims to foster and raise awareness of impact by rewarding it at a local level, and preparing the ground for the impact case studies that will be needed for future REF and similar exercises. Nomination of researchers at all career stages are welcomed.

What's the latest on the new Science Engagement Programme?

Find out more about our shiny new Science Engagement Programme...

READ: Has the pandemic changed the publics' attitudes towards science?

A new post on the LSE Impact Blog provides a run-down from several surveys that have looked to assess public attitudes to science during the last year, compared to surveys carried out before the pandemic.

The Bubble Lab: A PER Lab case study

Shamit Shrivastava (formerly Engineering Science), Kelly Richards and Carly Smith-Huggins (Museum of Natural History) created a pop-up experience in communities in Oxford, targeting young people (10-13) and their families. A free kit of ‘do-at-home’ experiments and investigations was given out, providing a way to connect with researchers, and to visit the Museum of Natural History to share what they’ve learned and discovered.

Lost and looking for help? PER support available from MPLS

If you're interested in doing some public engagement with research (PER) but not sure where to find help, we offer a range of support or can point you in the right direction: from training sessions to answering your questions during help desk hours.

Institute of Physics Awards open for nominations, deadline 23 April

The Institute of Physics offers a range of medals for researchers at different career stages - including for education, outreach and engagement.

European Geosciences Union Public Engagement Grants, deadline 18 June

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) offer grants up to €1500 to celebrate and recognise excellent science communication in the Earth, planetary and space sciences. Grants are open to EGU members.

Watch: Comedy in Communications

As part of celebrations for International Women's Day this year the folks behind Finding Ada hosted a 'Comedy and Communication' hour long, live-streamed panel discussion looking at how we can all use comedy techniques in our STEM communications and teaching.

Microbiology in Society Award grants, deadline 18 April

The Microbiology Society provides up to £5,000 to support individuals or organisations for any education, outreach or public engagement work that promotes the art and science of microbiology. Open to Society members.

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