If you’re interested in sharing your scientific research with a friendly public audience – complete our form.
We’re currently organising our series of Café Scientifique events for Oct 2022 – July 2023 and we’re looking for people interested in getting involved. Café Scientifique is a public event format, popular around the world, where anyone can come along to explore the latest research in science and technology in a casual café setting. Following a short presentation by a researcher, there is plenty of time for questions and discussion from a varied public audience.
Taking place on a weekday evening, Café Scientifique events run monthly from June (excepting August and January). They’re organised centrally by the BU Public Engagement with Research Team, part of Research Development and Support (RDS). It’s a fantastic opportunity to get experience in engaging with the public in a friendly atmosphere and gain surprising insights into your own work.
We welcome academics at all career stages, although this is particularly valuable for those just getting started in engaging with the public. We also encourage collaboration between less experienced and more experienced public speakers – to provide a valuable learning experience with the support to keep things going smoothly.
Regarding your research – although we use a broad definition of ‘science’, the audience do have certain expectations from the name, so we do not tend to feature research outside of the broad ‘science’ theme.
What happens next?
Whether we will be able to host your talk, and at the time you want, depends on several factors including the subject matter, timing and other events, so completing this form does not guarantee you will be able to take part. If everything does align, we will be in touch to invite you to speak at an upcoming event.
Other ways to get involved
We’re looking to involve a wider range of people from across BU to make our Café Scientifique series a success and a true BU community project. As well as speaking, you could get involved in a number of flexible ways;
- Hosting events – every Cafe Sci event needs a host – to welcome the audience, introduce the speakers and keep the questions flowing. This is a great opportunity for someone to develop skills and experience interacting with the public, as well as being an enjoyable way to meet other people.
- Helping to organise events – whether it’s finding speakers, helping polish a presentation, promoting these events far and wide and more – we’d welcome any BU staff or students who’d like to help out with various bits behind the scenes on these events. This is a great way to dip your toes in the world of public engagement, gain experience in organising events and work on a fun project with others across BU.
If you have any questions about speaking at, or are interested in helping to host or organise these events, then please get in touch with the public engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s no commitment, we can start from there and see what would work best for everyone.
Two local organisations are currently looking to host talks from academics who can talk about their research to a public audience.
Blandford Library and Sunrise Senior Living are both looking to arrange talks for the year ahead, expecting audiences of roughly 20-30 people each. At Blandford Library, this is likely to be a variety of people from the local community, at Sunrise this will be residents mostly from assisted living facilities.
If you think that this opportunity would be effective public engagement for your project, and would like to know more, please contact Adam Morris at email@example.com
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.
Soapbox Science are looking for women researchers, from PhD students to professors, from entry-level researchers to entrepreneurs, to inspire the public with their work and enthuse others about their area of science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).
You’ll have the opportunity to engage with a wide cross-section of the public including those who haven’t had the chance or means to meet a scientist or the opportunity to find out what science happens in their area. It could boost your profile through participation in an international movement, an invitation to write a blog along with potential local and national media coverage. This year there are over 40 events in 14 countries.
Soapbox Science uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and they welcome applications from trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who for the purpose of this event feel comfortable being female-identified.
Interested but nervous? Read an organiser sharing her thoughts on the most common worries.
Deadline – Friday 1 March, 2019.
Find out more and apply.
The Physiological Society’s Public Engagement grants are open for their first round of 2018 applications.
Grants of up to £5000 are available to both members and non-members of the society to promote the discussion of physiology with public audiences. The scheme aims to:
- Inspire creative public engagement with physiology
- Stimulate physiologists to share their stories, passion and expertise in innovative ways with wider audiences, particularly those that are traditionally hard to reach
- Increase dialogue between researchers and the public, in particular on topics such as the relevance of research to health, medicine and performance
- Produce materials and resources which can be used for further public engagement and outreach work
The deadline for these applications is 14th January 2018. Further information and the application forms can be found here.
If you are interested in applying for one of these grants and would like to discuss it further with our Public Engagement team on it, you can! Just email our Engagement Officer Natt Day (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange.
Would you like to get involved with the British Science Festival 2018? If so, the call for festival proposals is now open for applications!
The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science festival with a diverse programme of free events for the public to get immersed in and help them connect with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists. This year the BSF will be in Hull & the Humber from 11-14th September.
Proposals are now open for events exploring the scientific spectrum and beyond. Creative events and applications for drop-in activities are also welcome.
To find out more and submit your application, click here. Proposal deadline if 9am 19th February.
Don’t forget, if you have a proposal and would like to work with our Public Engagement team on it, you can! Just email our Engagement Officer Natt Day (nday@Bournemouth.ac.uk) to arrange
Do you know or work with a promising early career scientist? If so, why not nominate them for an Award Lecture at the British Science Festival 2018!
The Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion on issues involving science and encourage scientists to explore the social aspects of their research. Previous Award Lecturers include the likes of Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Brian Cox.
Awards are available in seven different areas:
- Margret Mead: Social Sciences
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Engineering, Technology and Industry
- Charles Lyell: Environmental Sciences
- Charles Darwin: Agricultural, Biological and Medical Sciences
- Rosalind Franklin: Physical Sciences and Mathematics
- Daphne Oram: Digital Innovation
- Jacob Bronowski: Science and the Arts
The selected lecturers will receive an all expenses paid trip to the British Science Festival in Hull to present their talk as well as a £250 honorarium and an invitation to the Festival dinner.
To find out more information and apply, click here. Deadline for applications are 9am 2nd January 2018.
The ESRC Festival of Social Science will be back again this November (4th-11th), and we need researchers of Social Sciences to come and get involved in running lectures, workshops, exhibitions or other engagement platforms to share your research with the wider public.
Through engaging with the wider public, they develop a range of transferable skills, for instance in leadership, communication, listening, partnership working and project management.
The call is officially open for proposals, so if you’d like to be involved, we’d love to hear from you. Funding is available to support these activities.
To apply, you will need to complete an application form, available on the staff intranet, stating details of the type of event you’d like to run. Please contact event organiser Joanna Pawlik (email@example.com) or Engagement and Impact facilitator Genna West (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an application or for further information.
The call for event proposals for the ESRC Festival of Social Science is now open! This is a fantastic national festival will take place from 4th to 11th of November 2017. It celebrates the best of social science and engages a wide public audience with the key issues that social scientists are currently addressing. We are keen to see as many of our social scientists at BU to take part in this exciting public engagement initiative as possible.
Please contact us if you’d like to get involved – we’re open to ideas; public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and more. 2017 will be the fifteenth year that the ESRC will hold the Festival of Social Science and we are welcoming event proposals targeting a non-academic audience including young people, third sector, the public, business or government.
To apply, you will need to complete an application form stating details of the type of event you’d like to run. If you would like to make an application to run an event as part of the Festival or for further information, please do not hesitate to contact Genna West (email@example.com) or Joanna Pawlik (firstname.lastname@example.org) from the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office.
The application form is available to download from the staff intranet.
Deadline: Friday 5th May, 5 pm
Funding is available to support your event.
For more information about the Festival, visit www.esrcfestival.ac.uk
Share your research over a pint!
Pint of Science is hosting a series of events taking place across UK from the 15th-17th May in local pubs around Bournemouth. The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the comfort of pub!
We’re currently looking for speakers with Technology based research who would be interested in joining ‘Tech me out’ nights to deliver a talk on one of the 3 evenings – 15th ,16th , or 17th – The talks will be taking place in Chaplin’s in Boscombe.
We are also looking for health related speakers to take part in ‘Our body’ nights, also taking place over the 15th, 16th and 17th but this time in the Goat and Tricycle pub in the Triangle, Bournemouth
This is a great public engagement opportunity with an interesting crowd, enabling the opportunity for open discussion and questions with the wider public.
For more information or to get involved please contact Shanti Shanker email@example.com or Joanna Pawlik (firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more please visit Pint of Science website
Partners include British Heart Foundation, Elsevier and British Pharmacological Society. List of all partners
It’s that time of year where The Festival of Learning is heading back on-tour and taking BU’s research out to some exciting locations. One of our stops this year includes the Poole Maritime Festival on Saturday 20th May.
Whatever stage you’re at in your research career, academic or PhD, we’re looking for participants to display and promote their research at the festival. This could be through table-top activities, posters, interactive displays – we’re open to ideas! It would be fantastic if your activities fitted into the theme of maritime heritage and environment but if your research isn’t directly related, we’d still love for you to get involved.
We’re expecting lots of interested members of the public with Poole Harbour Boat Show and the Seven Seas Festival forming part of Poole Maritime Festival’s exciting programme. The Boat Show alone attracted over 15,000 people in 2015! The Festival is linked with European Maritime Day, originally created in 2008 to give Europe’s community of maritime professionals a forum to meet, exchange knowledge and forge partnerships. It is a unique opportunity to promote Poole, local businesses and Bournemouth University’s research to an international audience!
If you’d like to get involved, need some idea inspiration or for any more information, drop me an email email@example.com. If you can’t get involved this year, still make sure that you head down to the Maritime Festival this year, taking place from the 15th-21st May.
The UK’s only national festival of the humanities, will be returning for fourth year between 17-25 November 2017 and number of grants to support public engagement activities is being offered!
The festival theme this year is ‘Lost and Found’.
To apply for a ‘Small Award’, a ‘Hub Award’, or apply to take part with an event that does not require funding from the festival visit the Being Human festival website
There are also now a number of case-studies on the website which should be useful if you are thinking of applying.