UCL neuroscientists, UCL staff/students and members of the public:
Do you have a great idea for a neuroscience public engagement project? Would you like to collaborate on a project with a UCL neuroscientist?
Do you need help writing a public engagement grant or advice planning an event? Do you need media/communications/public engagement training or advice? Do you want to publicise your research?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, please contact the UCL Public Engagement Unit.
If you would like more information about involving patients in your research, please contact the PPI (patient and public involvement) Manager Rosamund Yu on firstname.lastname@example.org.
They also have an online PPI helpdesk that researchers can contact for advice on PPI. The helpdesk can be contacted on email@example.com
What is public engagement? Why is it important? How do I get involved? How can I fund my project? How do I involve patients in my research?
The websites listed below can help answer these questions and many more, and offer invaluable advice aimed specifically at university researchers interested in taking part in public engagement activities.
- Includes Toolkits for Engagement (practical advice about choosing the right type of activity for your audience, planning and evaluating your event etc)
- National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement
- Includes the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research - a statement of expectations and responsibilities of research funders in the UK regarding public engagement
- Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (CBRC) - Involving patients and the public in research
- New helpdesk for advice on involving patients or the public in research - Researchers wanting advice on how to involve patients or the public in their work, can now contact our new helpdesk on firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Royal Society runs courses to help scientists develop their media and communication skills. The courses are tailored for post-doctoral researchers and are tutored by leading journalists and communications professionals Judith Hann and John Exelby
- Course dates for 2012 are currently booking, more information can be found at:http://royalsociety.org/training/communication-media
- Media Fellowships - These fellowships are intended to create a greater awareness and understanding of the workings of the media among practising scientists, social scientists, clinicians and engineers. Scientists shadow journalists for a period of 3-8 weeks
- Communication Training - The BSA provide science communication skills training for scientists, students and doctors and can design and deliver training courses specific to you or your group needs
- Resource guide for researchers - includes information on why engagement is important, how to communicate your research, where to find funding and training, and how to get involved
- Offer three communication courses for scientists, a two-day residential Communication and Media Skills course, and one-day Communication Skills and Media Skills courses
- Pairing Scheme - Scentists are paired with either an MP or civil servant and the Royal Society supports them by arranging a 'Week in Westminster' and reciprocal visits
- The Science Media Centre - The centre produce a variety of useful publications designed specifically with scientists in mind, including How Science Works (pocket-sized guides for scientists that list effective ways of talking within the context of a short interview about generic issues that span all sciences) and Top Tips for Media Work
- Royal Society Partnership Grants - Up to £3,000 for science projects run at a primary or secondary school or college in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer
- Arts Award - Up to £30k for innovative art projects that investigate biomedical sciences. Offered four times a year
- People Award - Up to £30k for innovative public engagement projects (events, debates, exhibitions, drama productions etc.) that explore societal, historical, cultural and ethical impacts of biomedical sciences. Offered four times a year
- Society Award - Award amount not specified, but usually ~£200k, for ambitious projects that engage people with developments in biomedical science on a regional or national scale
- Science Media Studentships - Studentships for practising biomedical scientists to undertake a postgraduate qualification in Science Media Production at Imperial College London and to follow this with a six-month placement working in the broadcast industry
- Beacon Bursuries - Up to £2,000 available for UCL staff and students with good ideas to improve the status of public engagement at UCL
- Science Showoff is a new idea from some of the people who brought you Bright Club, The Geek Calendar and more. It’s an open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science. If you want to get involved, or find out about upcoming events, please see http://scienceshowoff.wordpress.com/ or email email@example.com
- The search is on for the new voices of science communication. Over the autumn FameLab UK heats will be taking place across the country from Aberdeen to London, Cardiff to Cambridge. New for this year, and with help from the Royal Academy of Engineering, FameLab UK has also been able to produce two engineering specific heats to encourage more engineers to enter the competition and develop their skills. If you’re currently working in science. technology, engineering or maths, and think you can explain a science or engineering concept in an engaging way to non-scientists in just three minutes, FameLab wants to hear from you!
- The winner of the heats will get the chance to take part in a weekend MasterClass with experts in media & communication skills, before vying for the title of FameLab UK champion at the National Final in April 2013 where they will have the chance to take home £1,750 to further their career
- For further information, please click here
Take part in a Science Cafe
- Cosy Science are organising a series of science cafés with an aim of providing people with a chance to meet prominent scientists, be inspired by their research and discuss the most interesting aspects of science in an open way. They are looking for enthusiastic scientists, who are ready try out themselves presenting to a non-scientist audience without any visual aid and be challenged by the public during an open discussion. If you are interested, don't hesitate to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For further information please see http://www.wix.com/cosciuk/cosciuk
- UCL Science Journalism Project - Are you interested in a future in science journalism? Do you need work experience? Get involved with SciFacts, a UCL volunteer project that is building an online science magazine written for teens by teens. We are recruiting for workshops leaders for the sessions we run in schools to help school students write their own articles. We are also recruiting for editors, marketing, finance and a few other positions on our committee. Email Bethan for more info!
- UCLVoxCast - UCLVoxCast is a fun, conversational podcast for UCL graduate students to talk about their research and engage with others outside of their discipline. If you’d like to get involved, either as a guest or on the team, let us know by emailing email@example.com
- Proteintech have launched a competition to find young research scientists who have a flair for scientific writing. If you want to have your work published on their blog, and win a £25 Amazon gift voucher in the process, then make sure you take part! As well as the voucher prize, winning the competition would look great on your CV to potential employers.
- This is an ongoing competition with no closing date
- ScientificKitty are looking for scientists to write film, TV or book review, with a scientific slant. You choose the film/TV program/book, old or new, you can write as much or as little as you want, and in any style,but most importantly they want you to comment on the science.
- Whether you want to write regularly, or just contribute a one off review please get in touch at ScientificKitty@gmail.com or on Twitter @ScientificKitty.
- This is an ongoing project with no closing date
- British Science Association Scientists in Society e-lert - Sign up to receive free e-lerts letting you know about all the latest opportunities to engage the public with your work
- STEMNET - Become a STEM Ambassador. STEM Ambassadors are people from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) backgrounds who volunteer as inspiring role models for young people. They can contribute both to regular lessons or participate in extra-curricular activities such as STEM Clubs, Careers Days and visits
- PSCI-COM list at JISCMAIL - An email discussion forum for all topics relating to public communication of science and public engagement with science. In addition, details of events, meetings, conferences and workshops, job vacancies etc are poster here