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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'

Science communication during a pandemic: is science writing the solution? Nov 3, 6-7pm GMT

This free event, Is science writing the solution?, is a panel discussion hosted by Professor Alice Roberts which will be followed by the announcement of the winner of the 2020 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize.

British Science Association Award Lectures, deadline 3 December

Every year the British Science Association asks for applications for the seven Award Lectureships available to early career academics who are skilled at engaging people with their research. These Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines.

The Oxford Sparks Advisory Board is recruiting new ECR members!

The Oxford Sparks Advisory Board is looking for two Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to join its team. If you are a DPhil student or post-doctoral researcher enthusiastic about public engagement with research, APPLY NOW!

What's coming up at Oxford Sparks?

An update on what's coming up at Oxford Sparks - the University of Oxford's platform for digital science engagement.

Standing up for Science workshop for, Tues 17 Nov, deadline 26 Oct

Early career researchers can find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science and evidence with this training from Sense about Science's Voice of Young Science programme, featuring media-engaged researchers, policy-makers and journalists.

Watch: Inequalities and Power in Science Communication

Science communication and public engagement practices still largely overlook the efforts of historically marginalized and minority communities. In this webinar you will hear from some science communication researchers and practitioners who have been trying to empower marginalized voices through their work. They will discuss the inherent power structures within science communication and what does it take to dismantle them.

Responsible Research and Innovation Workshop, 10 Nov

University of Bristol will be sharing their experiences of putting responsible research and innovation into practice, and there will be a chance to discuss how the public engagement sector can help shape this emerging field of practice.

Interested in science writing? Check out these useful resources and training

The Science Writing Round-Up is a monthly collection of the latest news, opportunities, resources, videos, and events related to science writing and science journalism. If you're interested in writing for the public or perhaps intrigued about career opportunities in the areas then it's well worth a read and subscribing to.

New Knowledge Exchange Fellowship call from NERC, deadline 2 Dec

NERC are encouraging public engagement project applications to this year's fellowship call, which are intended to enable the sharing and flow of knowledge and expertise between NERC funded researchers and their stakeholders, partners and/or user communities with the aim of generating impact from NERC funded research in the priority areas detailed in the NERC delivery plan.

MPLS Division seeking new Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research, deadline 20 Nov

As part of the Division’s ongoing efforts to nurture a supportive culture for high-quality public engagement with research, the Division is appointing a new Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research to act as an agent of change and to spearhead the development of a refreshed Strategic Plan for Public Engagement. We are inviting expressions of interest for this role.

Free course: Become a Better Presenter: Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

FutureLearn is hosting this free three-week course, created by staff at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the Presenter Network. Learn how to improve your presentation skills (face to face and digitally) and add personality into your presentation style.

Get involved with Oxford's Christmas Light Festival, Nov 20-22

Covid restrictions mean that the festival isn't happening exactly the same as it has in the past, but there are still opportunities to contribute to this seasonal celebration, including sharing online resources for families to create something illuminated at home, or displaying something illuminated in a window.

Royal Society Public Engagement Fund, deadline 27 November

This fund enables Royal Society research fellows to create and lead public engagement projects based on their research, with between £500 and £10,000. There is also an 'extension' scheme for those who have held RS PE funding in the past. Applications to work with school groups are welcome but they are also keen to see applications to engage with wider groups.

Read: How to talk to the media about science

The Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemistry World provides a short article highlighting some of the key ways to hone your communications with the media.

Enriching Engagement funding available to Wellcome-funded researchers, deadline 21 January 2021

Enriching Engagement, now in its second pilot, offers two levels of funding (up to £40k or £100k) for wellcome-funded researchers to realise their public engagement with research ambitions, and provides support for planning, development, evaluation, and this time a session to help you meet potential community and cultural partners.

Deadline extended - Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grants, deadline 26 Oct 2020

The Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund provides financial support to members and non-members through small (up to £5k) and large grants (up to £10k) to enable chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

EPSRC Digital economy telling tales of engagement competition, deadline 16 Dec

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, under the UK Research and Innovation digital economy theme, invites submissions for its digital economy telling tales of engagement competition, which aims capture the wider impact of digital economy research and to provide researchers with the opportunity to tell their story of research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience.

Watch: SciComm advocacy - Writing an op-ed or letter to the editor webinar

In this Sharing Science webinar, part of the American Geophysical Union's "How to: Skills for the Complete Scientist" series, learn from folks who have both written and edited op-eds and LTEs for local and national outlets.

UK Parliament: online training for researchers

These focused, practical webinars are 45 minutes long, and give an insight into how to use research to engage with Parliament.

Public Engagement training for researchers and DPhil students - registration now open

The Division runs termly training sessions for public engagement including podcasting, storytelling, going beyond communications and of course an introduction to public engagement with research.

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