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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'

STFC Nucleus Awards, deadline 10 Nov 2022

The Science and Technology Facilities Council invites proposals for its public engagement nucleus awards that provide up to £100,000 to support novel public engagement programmes that inspire and involve target audiences with stories of STFC science and technology, and build and sustain public engagement networks that develop communities of practice.

STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards, deadline 20 October

STFC offers up to £15,0000 support programmes of novel public engagement that focus on a topic within the council’s remit, which includes astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science and align to the science and technology work of the council’s national and international laboratories and facilities.

IOP Communicators and Outreach Conference, 17 Nov, London and online

Free one day conference from the Institute of Physics for sharing best practice in physics communication and outreach. It will be held in London but also streamed online.

PER opportunity with photographer Levon Biss

The award-winning macro photographer Levon Biss is currently developing a new project that will visualise elements of science, nature and technology. The intention is to entertain and engage the public on these subjects and encourage curiosity for their surroundings. The photographs will highlight details of our world normally hidden from view, revealing fascinating subjects and stories that will inspire the public to appreciate and investigate their environment further.

See the equipment we can loan you in action... The Gene Therapists Headline at Glastonbury 2022

A team from the Radcliffe Department of Medicine took their research to Glastonbury during the summer; they made use of tables and gazebos we can offer to support your engagement.

Media Interview training: method and delivery, 13 Dec

This interactive session designed for beginners takes you through techniques for doing interviews on live or pre-recorded media.

Reflective evaluation training session, 5 October

How can reflective practices or team discussions help you evaluate and improve your public engagement with research activities, without resorting to surveying participants?

DPhil students win awards for their public engagement with research activities

DPhil students in the StatML and AIMS CDTs were awarded prizes during a celebration of the public engagement activities they delivered as part of their training course.

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grants, deadline 7 November 2022

Royal Society of Chemistry offers up to £10,000 to enable members, individuals and organisations to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities. The scheme has a monthly deadline. Presently they are particularly interested in projects themed on 'sustainability'.

Healthcare Infection Society Public Engagement Grants, deadline 1 March 2023

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.

Cheltenham Science Festival 2023 speaker submission is now open, deadline 1 October

Would you like to be part of bringing joy, sparking curiosity, connecting communities and inspiring change at Cheltenham Science Festival 2023? Whether you can deliver a show, host an in-conversation event, run workshops or manage a stand in our interactive zones, they'd love to hear from you.

Beyond Boundaries: call for applications, deadline 31 October 2022

If you are an academic or researcher within MPLS, are passionate about sharing your research beyond the University (particularly with children) and identify as Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic, we want to hear from you!

Introduction to Patient and Public Involvement online training sessions

Polly Kerr and colleagues are offering this introductory session for researchers, with four dates to choose from across the year.

NCCPE Engage Conference, Bristol, Dec 2022, bookings now open

Bookings are open for NCCPE's annual Engage Conference; a conference aimed at anyone interested in public and community engagement and innovation. This year's conference has in-person and virtual days in early December.

Apply to present a poster at STEM for Britain, deadline 28 November 2022

Early career researchers are invited to apply to present a poster at this high profile event in Parliament, which will take place during British Science Week, March 2023.

UK Research and Innovation Policy Internships, deadline 4 November

This scheme is open to doctoral students funded by UKRI research councils, which provides the opportunity to work in a policy organisation for three months.

Engage the public with the future of health and care in the UK, deadline 13 December 2022

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, together with UK Research and Innovation, offer £10-£40k to engage the public with the future of health and care in the UK funding. This aims to bring the public into dialogue about the future of health and social care.

Online course: UWE Science Communication: Connecting People, Creating Events

This is a popular, masters-level course from the University of the West of England, takes place Jan-March 2023 and is designed to support you to develop underpinning knowledge and skills in science communication and public engagement with research.

Long-form writing training, run by The Conversation, September and November

Free online sessions for researchers who have a clear idea for a long read based on their current research.

EPSRC Impact Acceleration funding now open, 6 October 2022

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding provides support for activities that will help to accelerate the impact from research that falls within the EPSRC remit. This is includes activities with public stakeholders, such as end-users or those likely to be affected by or able to enhance research impact.

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