The SciScreen series has been running for a good number of years in various locations across the country and it’s about to land in the North East as the Tyneside Cinema have expressed interest. SciScreen offers an opportunity for academics to present an aspect of their work and experience to a public audience in a relaxed environment. The premise of SciScreen is a short introductory presentation of about fifteen minutes on a particular topic inspired by a film that is then screened. After the film, there is a Q and A session with the guest speaker on the topic presented and viewed. Discussions can then be taken into the bar. Sound interesting?
There is currently a call out for guest speakers with a view to making this happen in Newcastle. If you are interested or know someone who might be, contact Hannah Little at Hannah.Little@ncl-coll.ac.uk indicating your chosen topic and possible films. She will be making a wish list to send to the cinema to identify what is viable.
The talks would be on a voluntary basis but this is another interesting way to raise the profile of your research and develop your experience of public engagement!
Would you like to have a real opportunity to engage others in your research?
The Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub will be hosting a Public Engagement Competition. The Competition will be included as part of a Public Engagement Conference on the 8th May in York. The day will include academic keynote speakers and interactive workshops to help researchers gain a better understanding of how to communicate the key message of their research to the public.
The Competition will take the following form: 8 May Conference, Royal York Hotel – Open to all PGR students and Research staff form the Yorkshire and North East region.
24 winners from the competition on the 8th May will get the opportunity to engage children and adults alike with their research in a truly public arena, the Sheffield Winter Gardens as part of the Sheffield Children’s festival on the 7th July 2012. They will also receive bespoke public engagement training from the ‘Training Group’ a specialist public engagement training consultancy on one of the following dates:
University of Leeds: Tuesday 29 May 2012
Newcastle University: Friday 1 June 2012
(Please note to apply to the competition you need to be available on one of the training dates above and also on the 7th July in case you are chosen to exhibit your work in Sheffield)
In order to enter the competition you will be asked to bring with you an A3 sized poster of your research, plus a 200 word description of how you would engage the people in the Sheffield Winter Gardens if you got the opportunity. The poster and description will be displayed and judged on the 8th May and the 24 winners announced on the same day. If entering the competition you must be available for the dates highlighted.
Booking for the conference closes on 1st May.
Bright Club is a unique and innovative variety night, offering an opportunity for researchers to talk about their work in a light-hearted and entertaining way, without sacrificing any of its quality, or ridiculing it. Born out of a collaborative project at Beacon for Public Engagement, University College London, the format has since spread around the country. The Newcastle Bright Club, funded by Beacon NE, regularly attracts large public audiences in pubs and clubs around the city and for one very special night, will come to Newcastle University Students’ Union on Wednesday 26 October, celebrating the research of Newcastle University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences.
The event starts with a drinks reception at 5pm, is expected to last until 6.30pm and you should book in advance.
This autumn the uk’s biggest search for science communication talent is on…
If you’re currently working in or studying science in the UK, and think you can explain a science, engineering or maths concept in an engaging way to non-scientists in just three minutes, read on! This is a great way to learn the skills and get experience in engaging public audiences.
Aspiring contestants can go along to one of the Fame Lab heats or submit their entries online.
You can come along to one of the heats and give a 3 minute presentation on a scientific subject of your choice. There will then be a regional final at each of the events, and if you get through you will need to give a different 3 minute presentation and answer questions so you need to make sure you know your ‘stuff’!
Your presentation should be pitched to a lay adult audience. Make sure your subject matter is well chosen, clearly presented, that your facts are right, and that you let you passion shine through! We accept the use of props (only what you can carry on stage, no set up time allowed) but NOT PowerPoint.
Newcastle, Centre for Life on 8 October 2011
If you want to take part please contact: Sheela.Joy@life.org.uk
Beacon NE is one of six Beacons for Public Engagement, university-based partnerships that are working to support, recognise, reward and build capacity for public engagement. They are a partnership between Newcastle University, Durham University and the Centre for Life – other partners include schools, businesses, museums, voluntary organisations, charities, community groups and other public sector organisations.
Beacon North East have just launched their new website which includes information about events, projects, resources and opportunities to be involved in public engagement. I’d encourage all researchers to find out more about this organisation and think about how your involvement could benefit your research and your professional development.
In Tuesday’s Guardian I read an article about how the Research Excellence Framework (REF), due to replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2013, could make life even more difficult for researchers.
Among the issues looked at in evaluating research, it is proposed that the impact of research outside of the academic world should be taken into consideration. It is anticipated that 20% of the evaluation will judge impact, output will make up 65% and environment 15%. Impact will be measured using case studies that show evidence of public engagement or benefiting the wider community.