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There is still time to apply for a number of opportunities that will allow you to develop media skills in science, get a free place at a science communication conference or win an award for engaging an audience with your outstanding communication skills. Find out more about these opportunities……

2011 Media Fellowships- Application deadline extended to 24 March

Can you turn the latest research into news?

With a British Science Association Media Fellowship you can experience first-hand how science is reported by spending 3-8 weeks on a summer placement with a national press, broadcast or internet journalist such as the Guardian, Nature or BBC, working with them to produce accurate, well informed news pieces about developments in science.

Return to work better equipped to communicate your research to the public and your colleagues. Learn to find a news angle to your research and develop writing skills that will make journal articles and funding applications easier and more concise.

You are eligible to apply for the scheme if you:

  • are a scientist, clinician, social scientist or engineer
  • have a minimum of 2 years postgraduate experience in your field
  • have a UK work contract until December 2011 (or June 2012 if you are not a UK citizen)
  • Work at any level in an academic or research institution, industry, civil service or any other similar organisation

For details about the scheme, including an online application form, visit

Application deadline: 24 March 2011


 FREE places for researchers at the 2011 Science Communication Conference

 Bursaries are available for scientists and engineers involved in public engagement to attend this year’s Science Communication Conference on Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 May at Kings Place, London.

 The Conference brings together people involved in public engagement, both experienced and new, and addresses the key issues facing science communicators in the UK. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and best practice, learn about new developments and network.

 If you’re baffled by blogging, turned-off by Twitter and have never produced a podcast, then this year’s Conference, with a theme of online engagement, is for you. Take part in our interactive social media workshop, discuss citizen science and explore how maker fairs, virtual worlds and gaming are changing the face of public engagement with science.

Tim Radford, former science editor of the Guardian, will be talking about his career, Simon Singh discussing libel reform and Robert Winston and Kathy Sykes giving their views on the future of public engagement. Learn how to diversify your audience, engage policy-makers and have your evaluation questions answered.

Bursary awardees will have their conference fees paid and are eligible for a contribution of up to £250 to assist with travel and accommodation.* You will also be invited to the networking drinks reception on Wed 25 May. 

For more information and to apply go to    

Bursary application deadline 1 April 2011

Follow us on Twitter @SciCommConf

 *Bursaries are subject to funding from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills


Do you have a colleague who makes lectures come alive? 

The British Science Association is seeking nominations for our Award Lectures to be delivered during the British Science Festival in Bradford between 10th and 15th September 2011.

The Award Lectures reward five researchers who are also talented communicators, able to share their work with a general audience. The five Award Lectures focus on different areas of science, engineering and technology:

Joseph Lister Award – Social sciences
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award – Engineering, technology and industry
Charles Lyell Award – Environmental sciences
Charles Darwin Award – Agricultural, biological and medical sciences
Lord Kelvin Award – Physical sciences and mathematics

Eligibility criteria
The nominee must be an active researcher and have demonstrated outstanding communication skills to a general audience. Their presentation should focus on their own research (ideally brand new research) and should demonstrate the societal impact of this work.

Although normally only open to people aged 40 or under at the date of the Festival we will consider applications for people over 40 who are either:
• within eight years  of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, excluding any career break
• within six years of their first academic appointment

For more information and a nomination form visit the website 

Deadline: 24 March 2011


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