Applications are open, says Coralie Young
National Science & Engineering Week is celebrating the announcement of the 2013 theme ‘Invention and discovery’. The theme has been picked for its broad nature, encompassing many aspects of science and engineering, which can be interpreted in many different ways for events and activities. We hope it will inspire hands-on invention challenges for people of all ages. Explorers of the natural world discover new things every day, from new species to space phenomena.
NSEW has also proudly presented its brand new logo, which has been brought in line with the Association branding. Visit the website  for more information on NSEW 2013, and on how to get involved.
This month Aberdeen will be celebrating the British Science Festival  in style, with hundreds of activities, shows, evening events and talks taking place over the six days. Amongst the activities will be the culmination of the Science in Society team’s Strictly Engineering competition. The poster design competition was open to engineering students and professionals, and aimed to challenge stereotypes around engineering, and celebrate the contributions made by the diverse UK engineering community to our everyday lives.
The selected winners will be displaying their posters at the Festival, and will take part in a public engagement workshop, helping to develop their verbal and visual communication skills. The competition has been funded by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award.
The 12 Big Bang Near Me regional fairs have taken place over the last two months, with the best participants being invited to present their projects at the finals in March. The National Science + Engineering Competition is open to 11-18 year-olds in the UK and provides young people with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work. This year, we have seen some outstanding entrants already, and look forward to welcoming more competitors than ever before to the finals at the Big Bang Fair 2013.
It’s not too late to get involved - online registration is still open, and anyone interested in taking part has until 31 October to register their project .
The British Science Festival is coming to Newcastle in September 2013. Newcastle University will be hosting the event, with Northumbria University and Newcastle City Council as key Associate Partners. This year over 350 top scientists and engineers are involved in a host of talks, workshops, debates and demonstrations. The call for proposals for 2013 is now open. To find out more about how to get involved in 2013, or to submit a proposal, get in touch with Farrah Nazir .
A local project called Ideas Take Flight is also helping to shape the Festival. The Ideas Take Flight website is a great resource for those wanting to propose activities and events and provides links to the British Science Association.
This year’s ten Media Fellows are coming to the end of their placements across the BBC, Guardian, Nature, Scotsman, Times and Irish Times. The Fellows will be attending the Festival on behalf of their hosts. Applications for the next round of Media Fellows will open in January, and will be open to practising scientists, engineers, social scientists and clinicians seeking to gain a better understanding of the workings of the media.
This month will also see the 24th European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), taking place in Bratislava. Maia Rowe Sampson, Thomas Myers and Helen Sheehan will represent the UK. Good luck to all three!