4th September 2019. 10am – 4:45pm. University of Central Lancashire, Preston. UK.
Are you passionate about science and your field of work? Do you think you can excite and inspire the next generation of young scientists? Have you got an interesting science story to tell the public?
The Interact Symposium is a free one day event for those working in physical and life sciences, and over 120 delegates have already registered. There are over 20 exciting workshops planned that will appeal to people at all stages of their careers and especially early career researchers.
If you are looking for taster sessions on how to start your engagement work, or looking to improve your evaluation skills, this is the symposium for you! Most of the day is devoted to workshops covering our 3 main themes – reaching underserved audiences, schools outreach and sharing practice – with a strong emphasis on evaluation throughout. The Market place offers a wide range of interactives to show and tell sessions on engagement in practice plus lots and lots of free resources and professional advice to help you in your work.
There will also be plenty of time to network. The University of Central Lancashire is also hosting a free reception from 6-8pm on the 3rd September and this is your chance to try local delicacies and meet colleagues and engagement experts in an informal environment.
STFC are offering travel and subsistence bursaries of up to £100 for PhD, postdoctoral researchers, fellows and those within 10 years of their first academic appointment to attend. All you have to do is send an email with a short paragraph justifying your case with “Why do I want to go to Interact 2019? ”to Nicky.Bladen-Hovell@stfc.ukri.org.
Applications will be treated on a first come first served basis and the final closing date is 5pm July 31 2019.
The draft programme will be available soon, please check the registration site for details.
Location: London Date: 31 October 2017 Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Ahead of a planned cross-disciplinary research call on mental health, the research councils are holding an informal networking event at the Imperial War Museum in London on 31 October 2017. The aim of this event is for potential applicants to learn more about our expectations of the successful network plus awards, as well as meeting potential collaborators.
Attendance at this event will be capped at 100 spaces. In the event of oversubscription they will limit the number of attendees per organisation, and also by discipline to allow for even representation across the remits of the research councils. Therefore attendees will be expected to represent the wider interests of their organisation as well as their individual interests. Due to the cross-disciplinary nature of these awards, the aim is for attendees at the networking event to span the remits of the research councils.
They welcome attendance from potential applicants and collaborators representing academia and also charities, service providers, businesses, clinicians etc.
Registration will close at 16:00 on 12 October 2017. For further information on how to register please see the ESRC website
Call closes: 16:00 on 26 September 2017
NERC, the Department for International Development, and the Economic & Social Research Council invite proposals to address the topic building resilience to natural disasters using financial instruments. Funding is available to apply existing environmental and social science research to inform the design, development, refinement and validation of financing instruments to help developing countries respond and recover from extreme weather and natural disasters.
The overarching goal of these projects is to have impact on the developing world. To achieve this, projects must work with practitioner project partners who have a role in the design, development and application of innovative financing mechanisms for developing countries (eg non-governmental organisations, policymakers, disaster risk management actors, insurance companies).
NERC funding for this call will form part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) commitment, and proposals should demonstrate their primary purpose is to promote the economic development and welfare of countries on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development’s Development Assistance Committee list of ODA recipients.
The programme will support both:
- feasibility studies of up to £100,000 (at 100% full economic cost) and up to six months in duration
- longer projects of up to £350,000 (at 100% full economic cost) and up to 24 months in duration.
Successful projects are expected to start no later than 1 January 2018.
If you are interested in applying to this call then please contact your RKEO Funding Development Officer in the first instance.
Networking and brokerage event
In order to bring together academics and potential project partners, a one-day networking event will be held at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London on 28 July 2017. For further information and details of how to register your interest in attending this event, please see the networking event page.
Please note that attendance at this networking event is not a pre-requisite for the submission of proposals to this call.
Further information on this call and details of how to submit a proposal will be available to download shortly.
Programme Manager – Innovation
The NCCPE are hosting a selection of fantastic opportunities for academics to build upon partnerships with museums across London, the South East and the South West. Take part in a MUPI Match event…It’s a chance for those who are keen to meet museums and other academics in the region and to network and develop new ideas! Each event is regional, attracting museums and universities from various areas; free to participate in; and interactive.
After receiving funding from the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, the NCCPE have been developing an 18 month project to maximise the potential for museums and universities to work together to mutually beneficial aims. This project builds on a successful pilot project which was completed earlier this year.
The benefits: It is well proven that there are mutual benefits to museums and universities working together. Projects can cover a wide range of topics – from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation; from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions; the opportunities are endless.
The MUPI Match events are based on tried and tested methods of bringing people together to explore innovative and useful partnership working, stimulating new connections and new projects. Each event involves museum staff, volunteers, and academics working together to find mutually beneficial ideas that they would like to develop together. Participants can then bid for ‘thinking funding’ – to enable them to do desk research; have conversations; test ideas; and work together to plan their potential project. Teams will be supported to develop their partnership, and find effective ways to fund their project in the future.
The details: There will be 9 regional networking events (or ‘sandpits’) but information and booking forms for the sandpits in the southwest and London can be found here:
- London, 21 March 2017, Quayside Room, Museum of Docklands (details)
- South East Region, 28 March 2017, venue tbc (details) – rescheduled from 8 February
- South West, 3 May 2017, The New Room, Bristol (details)
There will also be two national networking events (one focused on designated collections) to broker partnerships between small and medium sized museums and HEIs:
- Partnerships, London, 7 June 2017
- Designated collections, Birmingham, 14 June 2017, Arts Council Offices, Birmingham
Contact: If you would like to find out more or register your interest in receiving regular updates about the project, including invitations to the sandpits and events, please contact Claire Wood (email@example.com)
Additionally, if you’d like to discuss ideas for an event or need inspiration please contact Genna West, RKEO’s Engagement & Impact Facilitator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information on the initiative please visit: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/work-with-us/current-projects/museum-university-partnerships-initiative