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Public Engagement opportunities - November 2012

If you've got a suggestion for an event, funding stream or training opportunity, please do get in touch with the Science in Society team.

British Science Festival - call for proposals

If you missed out on taking part in this year’s Festival, here is your chance to put in a proposal for the 2013 British Science Festival, which will be hosted in Newcastle. The theme for the 2013 Festival is Making Waves. Have a look at the British Science Festival section where you can find all the application forms, details and necessary guidelines.

Main Programme: 15/3/13
Young People’s Programme: 28/2/13


Physiological Society public engagement grants

The Physiological Society is offering grants of up to £5000 for members and non-members to run projects that engage with a public audience. Activities can cover any aspect of physiology and we particularly encourage collaborations between science communicators, facilitators of public engagement, and physiology researchers. The next deadline is 28 February 2013; for more information, see or email


Women in Science and the Media Course: 4-6 January 2013, Windsor

This innovative course uses science media to help early career female scientists improve their communication and presentation skills and tackle some of the barriers women face in academia.  It involves hands-on radio and TV production and a recording session in a radio studio at BBC Broadcasting House. Men also welcome. See:


Association of Science and Discovery Centres Education Conference

Thursday 24th January 2013, Centre for Life, Newcastle

Join fellow science centre educationalists at LIFE to discuss the changes to formal education in the UK and the opportunities and challenges these offer to science centres. The speakers include Prof Sir John Holman, former director of the National Science Learning Centre at York and senior education advisor for the Wellcome Trust and Lynne Horton, immediate past chair of the Association for Science Education, immediate past chair of the National Advisors and Inspectors Group for Science and School Improvement Officer for North Tyneside. Both speakers have a refreshingly clear vision of what needs to be done to ensure that we develop the next generation of scientists and mathematicians and the aim of the conference will be to enable delegates to see how they and their centres can contribute. 

Full details can be found on the ASDC website

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