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Opportunities to get involved in Public Engagement

There are a wide range of practical opportunities available to help you get involved in public engagement. These can provide a way to take part in pre-existing activities, such as fairs and discussion groups.

We have assembled some of the national and local opportunities in public engagement here within each tab, and will update the page as more become available. If you would like advice on getting involved, or know of any opportunities we could include on this page, contact us.

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Community

Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities - Currently Open

The QMUL-led Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities features activities, stalls and demonstrations showcasing QMUL research and learning to public audiences alongside community organisations. The 2017 festival took place over one weekend in Stepney Green Park, then the QMUL Mile End Campus. Visitors of all ages and interests were invited to join the festival fun and get involved with over 80 activities, from face painting and give-it-a-go sports to getting hands-on with Queen Mary University of London, contributing ideas to active research and witnessing hands-on science shows.

This is a great opportunity for you to engage with others living and working in Tower Hamlets, giving an opportunity to involve people with your research, showcase opportunities you have available or talk more about what you love or do, providing fun activities for all ages, from children to adults. 

Activities can be:

  • Re-run from already existing engagement activities.
  • Engagement events already organised for around this time that are able to benefit from the festival’s local publicity.
  • Submissions for funding to set up new activities are welcome through the Festival funding opportunities.

Visit the festival website for more information, and to submit interest in taking part, or join the Centre for Public Engagment newsletter to hear about opportunities to take part.

Fellowships, Placements and Training

**Any placement application needs to be approved by your supervisor and any relevant School/ Institute staff (eg. Director of Graduate Studies) where necessary, with consideration of how the placement may affect funding.**

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) run a number of fellowships through which PhD students and post-doctoral researchers are sponsored to spend (usually) three months working at POST on projects such as producing a short briefing paper, contributing to longer reports or assisting select committee inquiries.

Their website contains a wide range of opportunities across subjects including medicine, the sciences and social sciences.

Patient and Public Involvement Training - Running Throughout 2017

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in partnership with UCLPartners is running a programme of regular workshops for clinical academic researchers on patient and public involvement (PPI) in research.

The workshops, which are supported by the Wellcome Trust and open to researchers working in UCLPartners partnership organisations, are practical and the aim is to build up researchers’ skills in effectively engaging people in the research process, from setting research priorities to designing protocols.

Royal Society Pairing Scheme - Currently Closed

Each year 30 research scientists are paired with UK parliamentarians and civil servants. They learn about each other’s work by spending time together in Westminster and the researcher’s institutions. Those taking part gain an insight into how research findings can help inform policy making, and come away with a better understanding of how they can get involved. The scheme takes place annually, beginning with a ‘Week in Westminster’ in which the pairs first meet. Over the week the scientists take part in workshops, hear from invited speakers and spend two days shadowing their pair, followed by further reciprocal visits.

he Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists across all science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) disciplines working in academia or industry. To be eligible for the scheme applicants are required to have at least two years postdoctoral research experience or equivalent research experience in industry and will be able to spend one week in Westminster in late November/early December 2017 and be willing to arrange reciprocal visit for your pair to your institution.

The scheme is currently closed. You can follow the Centre for Public Engagement on Twitter, or join our newsletter for updates on this and similar opportunities.

STFC Leadership Fellowships in Public Engagement - Currently Closed

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) invites applications for its public engagement fellowships. These enable highly skilled practitioners of public engagement to undertake high quality programmes of engagement and outreach while concurrently acting as champions for the value and practice of engagement with research in their host institution and research community.

STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement are open to any applicant who can demonstrate a strong and prolonged track record of research in an STFC-funded area of science and technology, or can demonstrate a strong track record of research that has been clearly underpinned by use of STFC’s national or international laboratories and facilities.

The scheme is currently closed. You can follow the Centre for Public Engagement on Twitter, or join our newsletter for updates on this and similar opportunities.

Digital Catapult Researchers in Residence Programme - Currently Closed

The Digital Catapult and the RCUK Digital Economy (DE) Theme are now accepting applications for the Researchers in Residence Programme, to be hosted at the Digital Catapult Centre in London, or at one of the local centres (Belfast, Bradford, Brighton and Sunderland). The residency programme is designed to enable researchers at any career stage to spend time within either the Digital Catapult or a relevant partner organisation, undertaking a project that will generate impact for the digital economy in the broadest sense. Projects can either be applied or more strategic in nature.

Successful applications will receive £25,000 to cover expenses, including travel and accommodation. There is no requirement in terms of duration of the residency itself, rather, you should ensure that your project is achievable within the proposed timeframe.

Applications are currently closed, with two rounds open per year, register for information on future rounds here.

Festivals and Exhibitions

Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities - Currently Open

The second Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities will be taking place on Saturday 20 May and Sunday 21 May 2017 and the Centre for Public Engagement are looking for QMUL staff and students, local charities, organisations and services to run interactive activities, stalls and demonstrations as part of the programming to showcase the best of Tower Hamlets.

This is a great opportunity for you to engage with others living and working in Tower Hamlets, giving an opportunity to involve people with your research, showcase opportunities you have available or talk more about what you love or do, providing fun activities for all ages, from children to adults. 

Activities can be:

  • Re-run from already existing engagement activities.
  • Engagement events already organised for around this time that are able to benefit from the festival’s local publicity.
  • Submissions for funding to set up new activities are welcome through the Festival funding opportunities.

Visit the festival website for more information, to submit your Festival idea and to find out more about funding opportunities for QMUL staff and students. The deadline for expressions of interest is Tuesday 28th March.

Being Human Festival - Currently Open

A national festival of the humanities that aims to make research in the humanities accessible and engaging to non-academic audiences, and to demonstrate the role of the humanities in the cultural, intellectual, political and social life of the UK. This year, the festival will return between 17-25 November with a new theme, ‘Lost and Found’. Applicants are invited to respond creatively and in ways that probe the rich intellectual possibilities of the theme.

The Being Human team currently have an open call out for unfunded applications, closing on 5pm Thursday 13 June, with further details and application forms available on their website

Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival - Accepting Interest for 2018

A family friendly annual science festival from Queen Mary Univeristy of London, that always draws plenty of stalls and even bigger crowds to experience and learn about local services and QMUL research in the Octagon at the Mile End campus each summer. The event is aimed at anyone interested in science and medicine, from teenagers to adults, with approximately twenty stalls and exciting events, displays and activities over the day. 

If you're interested in contributing to the fair then please email sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk for more information.

Big Bang Fair - Currently Open

Celebrating its ninth year in 2017, The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science and engineering for young people in the UK, supported by an unprecedented and unparalleled collaboration between Government, industry and the wider STEM community.

The Fair offers partners the opportunity to access our audience of over 55,000 young people across four days, to inspire them with STEM while promoting your programmes, workshops and activities to over 800 schools, 12,000 teachers and parents, as well as prospective links in industry and Government.

The are many ways to get involved in The Big Bang Fair and play your part, email activities@thebigbangfair.co.uk to find out more.

British Science Festival  - Currently Open

The British Science Festival aims to bring cutting-edge British science to the fore and celebrate the importance of science in our culture and society. By working with more than 250 of the UK’s leading researchers to showcase their ideas, innovations and passion, the British Science Festival aims to re-energise and engage with new and existing audiences.

Taking place from 5-9 September, the Festival will be co-hosted by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex with a focus on showcasing cutting-edge science and to engage in open discussion about issues that affect our culture and society. The Open Call for proposals is now open to academics, individuals and organisations. Proposals should be aimed at non-specialist adults with a broad interest in science.

The call for proposals for activities at the British Science Festival 2017 is now open, visit their website for more details.

Cheltenham Science Festival 2017 - Currently Closed

Cheltenham Science Festival is a 6-day celebration of science with a programme of vibrant and thoughtful discussions, hot debates, mind-blowing performances, participative workshops and hands-on exhibitions. The themes for 2017 are Music and Sound, Mysteries of the Mind and Our Future World.

Whether you are a researcher in a lab looking for a place to talk about cutting edge research or a freelance science communicator with a fabulous science show the festival is looking for applications and fesh new ideas to create a broad and stimulating programme. 

The scheme is currently closed. You can follow the Centre for Public Engagement on Twitter, or join our newsletter for updates on this and similar opportunities.

Green Man Festival - Currently Closed

At Green Man Festival in Wales, Einstein’s Garden has a vibrant programme of performances, workshops and installations that use art, entertainment and participation to engage people with the diverse aspects of science and nature in fun, quirky and unexpected ways. Stalls can explore fundamental scientific ideas or phenomena, the process of science or current scientific research. It is essential that stalls include as much interactivity and participation as possible for festival goers and that they embody the creative and playful spirit of Einstein’s Garden. 

The scheme is currently closed. You can follow the Centre for Public Engagement on Twitter, or join our newsletter for updates on this and similar opportunities.

Inside Out Festival - Currently Closed

An annual festival that showcases the fascinating contribution made by London universities to the capital’s cultural life. Events take place on university campuses and at leading London venues throughout a week of programming.  The wider public is encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities from the performing and visual arts through to literature, design, fashion as well as the sciences and social sciences.

The deadline for submissions is now closed for 2017. You can follow the Centre for Public Engagement on Twitter, or join our newsletter for updates on this and similar opportunities.

British Science Week (BSW) - Currently Closed

A ten-day national programme of science, engineering and technology events and activities across the UK aimed at people of all ages, usually occurring in March. Anyone can organise an event or activity and the British Science Association helps organisers plan by providing free activity and support resources.

The scheme is currently closed. You can follow the Centre for Public Engagement on Twitter, or join our newsletter for updates on this and similar opportunities.

Into The Blue - Currently Closed

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are offering a free-to-exhibit opportunity to have an exhibition stand or run public engagement activities as part of the Into The Blue showcase. Taking place inside and outside of an aircraft hangar the event will feature stalls, talks, debates and discussions to engage visitors with the wonders of the natural world and the process of doing research.

The scheme is currently closed. You can follow the Centre for Public Engagement on Twitter, or join our newsletter for updates on this and similar opportunities.

Online and Media

The AHRC Research in Film Awards - Currently Open

The AHRC’s Research in Film Awards is designed to showcase, reward and recognise the best of the growing number of high-quality short films (defined as no longer than 30 minutes) linked to arts and humanities research. These awards are designed to encourage, stimulate and recognise the considerable body of work created at the interface between research and film and to recognise the world-leading work of researchers, practitioners and film-makers in the arts and humanities research community.

Awards will be made in five categories and the winner of each category will win £2,000 to be invested in their future filmmaking activities. All applicants must accompany their submissions with supporting text which must detail how the film is directly linked or influenced by arts and humanities research.

The call for applications closes at 4pm on 6 July 2017.

I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! - Currently Open

An online event where school students get to meet and interact with real engineers. Students will submit questions which the engineers will try to answer by the next day. Students then have live online Facebook-style chats with the engineers, where they ask questions, learn more about the engineers, and let engineers know their opinions.

The event takes place over two weeks, allowing the students time to gather enough information about which engineer they want to vote for, and subsequently to win the prize money. The engineers with the fewest votes are evicted until only one is left to be crowned the winner in each zone. For more information you visit their website, email Josh in the I’m a Scientist team or ring them on 01225 326892.

Apply here to be considered for the next round of 'I'm a Scientist'.

I'm an Engineer, Get Me Out of Here! - Currently Open

Over the course of two weeks, scientists put up a profile online, answer questions, and have live online (text) chats with school science students. The students then vote for their favourite scientist to win £500 for more science communication. It’s a fun way of developing communication skills, gaining a fresh perspective on your research, finding out what young people think about science, and remembering why you love science.

The event runs over 2 weeks in March, June & November. Everything happens on the web and there will be around an hour of live text chats each day and an hour answering questions.

Apply here to be considered for the next round of 'I'm an Engineer'.

Biochemical Society Science Communication Competition - Currently Closed

Each year the Biochemical Society looks for talented science communicators to take part in their annual Science Communication Competition for the chance to win cash prizes and to be published in their magazine and website. The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, including non-members. To enter you need to submit an original piece of writing or an original video on a biomolecular topic of your choice, along with an entry form. Your article or video must be aimed at the general public. Written articles should be no longer than 1,500 words, and videos should be 2 - 3 minutes long. 

The scheme is currently closed. You can follow the Centre for Public Engagement on Twitter, or join our newsletter for updates on this and similar opportunities.

The Space - Calls regularly Open

A live, free, and on-demand service through which audiences can access a wide range of arts digitally. An Arts Council initiative, The Space has a range of ‘open calls’ for artists and anyone with creative ideas that can lead to them being commissioned and showcased.

Public Speaking

Café Scientifique Cosy Science - Accepting Interest

Café Scientifique offers opportunities for researchers and academics to present and explore their subject with an interested crowd in an informal setting, such as a café, restaurant or theatre. Places are available for a wide range of topics related to science and social science.

Cosy Science is a London branch based in Holborn who have hosted prominent speakers such as Tim Hunt (Nobel laureate), David Nutt (ex-government advisor) and Mary Collins (dean of FLS at UCL). If you’re interested in taking part you can contact them through their website, or email them with an idea of what you’d like to present. You will be offered full support in turning your ideas into a talk.

Pint of Science - Accepting Interest

The Pint of Science annual festival aims to deliver interesting, fun and relevant cutting-edge science talks in pubs across the country, providing an accessible and relaxed platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out. 

If you are interested in taking part in a Pint of Science event please get in touch with the Centre for Public Engagement who will be able to forward your interest to the QMUL contact.

Science Showoff - Currently Open

An open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science. It happens at least once a month in London.

Science Fiction Theatre Talks - Currently Open

A chance to watch classic science fiction films paired with an academic talk that reflects a key theme of the film. These events look to closely align the science with the fiction and invite academics working in subjects based in science either with a specific paired film in mind, or happy to explore possibilities together. If you're interested then contact their team here.

TCCE 'Walking the City' Walking Tours - Currently Closed

TCCE are inviting applications from researchers, academics and professional staff to lead guided walking tours across London.

They will be considering proposals on any topic and from any discipline that will either be of interest to a general audience in London or that will alternatively enable researchers a space in which to explore walking as a new methodology for research.

Last year’s walks took place in King’s Cross, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Mile End, Farringdon and the City with themes including: Public Lettering and Typography, Developing a Phenological Clock, Cinema and Migration, The Lost Theatres of Shakespeare’s London, Locating King’s Cross, Jewish Immigrant life in London’s East End, Walking and Reading.

The application round for Walking the City is currently closed. You can follow the Centre for Public Engagement on Twitter, or join our newsletter for updates on this and similar opportunities.

Live Science - Closed until Autumn 2017

Live Science gives biomedical researchers an exciting opportunity to study some of the 3.4 million visitors who pass through the doors of the Science Museum each year, providing opportunities to carry out research in return for engaging them through public engagement activities related to your research.

Researchers should be able to commit themselves to a minimum of 15-25 hours per week, but each individual residency is tailored to suit the needs of both the study and researchers.

The scheme is currently closed. You can follow the Centre for Public Engagement on Twitter, or join our newsletter for updates on this and similar opportunities.

Famelab - Currently Closed

An annual competition to find the next ‘new voice’ of science and engineering. Contestants take part in regional heats, where they give a presentation or intriguing demonstration about science or engineering. 10 finalists are chosen to receive training from some of the world’s best communicators before competing in the final.

The scheme is currently closed. You can follow the Centre for Public Engagement on Twitter, or join our newsletter for updates on this and similar opportunities.

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