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North-East Science Alliance

The North East Science Alliance (NESA) is a networking initiative comprising quarterly informal meetings and information mailings.  It has been running now for over 4 years and in mid-2011 had a membership of almost 200 individuals representing over 100 different organizations.

Click here for details of upcoming meetings.

Click here for details of past events.
 
The aims of the NESA are:

  • to promote public dialogue about science in its broadest sense
  • to raise the profile of public engagement activities in North East England
  • to encourage the co-ordination of public engagement activities in North East England
  • to promote collaboration in accessing funding, staging activities and making the most of all of our resources to maximize public engagement with science
  • The NESA is aimed at all people working to engage the public with science.  This includes audiences of all ages and engagement aimed at promoting science because it’s interesting as well as more skills driven activities.  Therefore membership of the alliance is open to practitioners, businesses, academics, science communication practitioners, educational establishments, industry etc.

Meetings of the NESA will be held quarterly and follow an informal format of short presentations, buffet and drinks and lots of time for networking.  Each meeting will be located in a different part of the region in order to be available to everyone.

As a member of the NESA you will be able to attend the quarterly meetings, give presentations and share information as well as taking advantage of this excellent networking opportunity.

The presentations are included to:

  • share good practice;
  • disseminate tips e.g. on gaining publicity or fundraising;
  • raise awareness of new schemes;
  • call for collaborations.

We ask you to get in touch if you would like to present at any meetings or informally let the alliance know about new developments.  The NESA will also welcome offers to host future meetings.

Please mention the NESA to any of your contacts who you feel would benefit from the meetings.

Joining NESA:
NESA membership is free and open to anyone working to engage the public with science. Members keep in touch via the NESA Google Group which is used to share information about meetings, projects, events and discuss the issues of the day.

Member Biographies

The NESA long term plan

 

 

Past Events

3rd December 2013
Great North Museum

Presentations:

  • Behind the scenes tour of the Great North Museum
  • Bright Club

26th September 2013
Newcastle Literary & Philosophical society.


Presentations:

  • The NESA planning team presented about the NESA and its future plans
  • The Lit & Phil conducted a tour of the building

13th June 2013
The Oriental Museum, Durham University

Presentations:

Dr. Kirsty McCarrison from the Durham University Heritage Collections Learning Team will talk about the Science of the Lindisfarne Gospels; then she and Dr. Sarah Price will give a tour of the Oriental Museum with plenty of time for people to have a good look at the collections and chat.

27th September 2012
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
Short series of 4 minute presentations on British Science Festival proposal ideas:

  •     Professor Robin Johnson, Newcastle University and local artist Yvette Hawkins on the 'Ideas Take Flight' workshop for schools
  •     Dr Phillip Aldridge, who will be presenting on Leading Edge, where students from local schools are teamed up with academics on a mini research project
  •     Phil will also be presenting on a project using smartphone platforms to promote public awareness in bioscience research
  •     Anne Buckle, Deputy Manager, Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability will discuss some projects being led by researchers across the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIRES)
  •     Helen Schell, Newbridge artists' studios, will be discussing a collaborative project with the Biomedical dept of Newcastle University on the theme of 'The Human Body in Space' and the potential collaborative projects of the 4 other Newbridge artists and plans for an exhibition, workshops and presentations for the British Science Festival
  •     Claire Willis and Catherine Purvis Mawson on their Fashioning Science catwalk event

21st June 2012
Rising Sun country Park, Newcastle
Presentations:

  •     Rising Sun Country Park
  •     The House of Objects.
  •     Elin Roberts, Centre for Life

20th March 2012
Oriental Museum, Durham University
Presentations:

  •     Sam Steventon – Phylum Feast
  •     Craig Barclay, Durham University Museums Team

3rd December 2013
Great North Museum

Presentations:

  • Behind the scenes tour of the Great North Museum
  • Bright Club

26th September 2013
Newcastle Literary & Philosophical society.


Presentations:

  • The NESA planning team presented about the NESA and its future plans
  • The Lit & Phil conducted a tour of the building

13th June 2013
The Oriental Museum, Durham University

Presentations:

Dr. Kirsty McCarrison from the Durham University Heritage Collections Learning Team will talk about the Science of the Lindisfarne Gospels; then she and Dr. Sarah Price will give a tour of the Oriental Museum with plenty of time for people to have a good look at the collections and chat.

27th September 2012
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
Short series of 4 minute presentations on British Science Festival proposal ideas:

  •     Professor Robin Johnson, Newcastle University and local artist Yvette Hawkins on the 'Ideas Take Flight' workshop for schools
  •     Dr Phillip Aldridge, who will be presenting on Leading Edge, where students from local schools are teamed up with academics on a mini research project
  •     Phil will also be presenting on a project using smartphone platforms to promote public awareness in bioscience research
  •     Anne Buckle, Deputy Manager, Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability will discuss some projects being led by researchers across the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIRES)
  •     Helen Schell, Newbridge artists' studios, will be discussing a collaborative project with the Biomedical dept of Newcastle University on the theme of 'The Human Body in Space' and the potential collaborative projects of the 4 other Newbridge artists and plans for an exhibition, workshops and presentations for the British Science Festival
  •     Claire Willis and Catherine Purvis Mawson on their Fashioning Science catwalk event

21st June 2012
Rising Sun country Park, Newcastle
Presentations:

  •     Rising Sun Country Park
  •     The House of Objects.
  •     Elin Roberts, Centre for Life

20th March 2012
Oriental Museum, Durham University
Presentations:

  •     Sam Steventon – Phylum Feast
  •     Craig Barclay, Durham University Museums Team

7th December 2011
Newcastle University
Presentations:

  •     Jo Coleman - British Science Festival, Newcastle 2013
  •     British Science Festival activity idea session.

27th September 2011
St Cuthbert's High School
Presentations:

  •     Terry Harbinson, St Cuthbert's High School
  •     Addam Merali-Hosiene, British Science Association - National Science & Engineering Week
  •     Paula Martin, Durham University

22nd March 2011
Durham University
Presentations:

  •     Sir Roland Jackson, Chief Executive of the British Science Association
  •     Kevin Burke, STEMNET Regional Director

26th January 2011
Newton TV (Venue: Discovery Museum, Newcastle)
Presentations:

  •     Newton TV
  •     Royal Society of Chemistry - International Year of Chemistry 2011
  •     Jay Gunn - Jay's Animal Encounters

28th September 2011
RSPB Saltholme
Presentations:

  •     RSPB Saltholme will talk about their outreach programming
  •     Eileen Atkins - STEAM Network
  •     Jenny Search - British Steel Archive Project

22nd June 2010
Durham Botanic Garden
In a departure from the usual format, there was a tour of the Garden with presentations during the visit.

30th March 2010
School of Chemistry, Newcastle Unviersity
Presentations:

  •     Welcome by Prof. Mike Green, Head of School, School of Chemistry
  •     Peter Hoare, School of Chemistry Outreach Programme, Newcastle University
  •     Lee Higham, focus on Chemistry Outreach Laboratory Programme
  •     Nick Powell, Community Engagement Officer, Newcastle Science City

2nd December 2009
Brewlab, Sunderland University
Presentations:

  •     Keith Thomas, Brewlab, Sunderland
  •     Noel Jackson, International Centre for Life
  •     Marissa Buckingham, Newcastle Science Festival

15th September 2009
NETPark, Sedgefield
Presentations:

  •     NETPark
  •     Alex Brabbs, Institue of Physics
  •     Stephen Cummins, Durham University

17th June 2009
Wynyard Planetarium
Presentations:

  •     Ed Restall (Planetarium Director)
  •     Simon Laing (Science Recruitment Officer, Newcastle University)
  •     Andrea Elsworth (Countryside Ranger, Stockton Borough Council)

24th March 2008
Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability, Newcastle
Presentations:

  •     Dr Annie Borland (Open Air Laboratories)
  •     Aidan Doyle (North East Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for
  •     Sustainable Development)
  •     Stephen Kelly (Great North Museum)

3rd December 2008
Science Learning Centre North East, Durham
Presentations:

  •     Clare Whitfield and Alisdair Nicholas (Framwellgate School, Durham)
  •     Claire Willis (Science Learning Centre, North East)
  •     Kevin Thrower (National Skills Academy)
  •     Marissa Buckingham (Newcastle Science Festival)

24th September 2008
University or Sunderland
Presentations:

  •     Professor John Macintyre, Dean of the new Faculty of Applied Science
  •     Anne Davies, Science City Co-ordinator - Welcome to Newcastle Science City
  •     Cath Henderson - William Harvey project
  •     Simon Laing - University of Newcastlery, Newcastle

25th June 2008
Dove Marine Laboratoy

19th March 2008
Gateshead College

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12th December 2007
Alnwick Garden

29th September 2007
Durham University

27th June 2007
Centre for Life, Newcastle

28th March 2007
Teesside University, Middlesbrough