JUST ADDED: Science Communication Training (Tue 24 July, 10:00 - 13:00
Presented by David Price of Science Made Simple. This practical workshop look at how you can improve your communication skills for public engagement activities. From style and approach, to content and delivery, this session will get you started in engaging a variety of non-specialists audiences. Register via eProg.
ACROSS THE UNIVERSITY
Careers Appointments By Skype
If you’re a University of Manchester student or recent graduate (postgrad or undergrad), did you know that we’re starting to offer careers appointments by Skype, if you can’t get into Manchester to see us in person? Skype allows us to see each other, to transfer documents quickly or share screens to show you websites, and if you’re on an inclusive broadband package (or free wi-fi) it’s cheaper than phoning us from another continent. One further advantage seems to be that if you’ve been away from the university for a while, you can feel a bit isolated as you either carry out your field research or search for a job after graduating. Having a face-to-face conversation, albeit through a screen, with someone who understands what being a postgrad means, can make you feel just that bit less alone. Find out more here.
REMINDER: The x-change - volunteers needed (apply well before the 18 July 2012)
This year, the British Science Festival is coming to Aberdeen and, as usual, the x-change will be there to bring together the best bits from around the Festival programme! We’re looking for volunteers to help create the live show and podcast - and blog and tweet about it. The role encompasses everything from event management to marketing, booking speakers and acts and drawing up the programme. Volunteers will work alongside a professional broadcaster and British Science Association staff to put together the show. Find out more here.
2-minute thesis competition with PhD Comics (closes 1 August 2012)
An opportunity to get your thesis animated by Jorge Cham of PhD Comics fame. Record yourself (audio only in English) describing your thesis work in two minutes or less. Upload the recording by 1 August, along with a thumbnail-sized image representing you and/or your thesis, and your entry might be selected to be animated. The judges are looking for how well you can explain your research and why you do it. The judges are also looking for creativity! Find out more about the competition and rules here.
Chemistry World Science Communication competition (closes 31 August 2012)
Entrants can choose to write a piece (800 words max) in any style - such as news, policy, opinion or feature; or, produce a video or audio file, which should be no longer than five minutes. This can also be in any style, such as documentary, animation or an interview for example. Expert judges include polymath Adam Hart-Davies, the Financial Times’s science editor Clive Cookson and the RSC’s soon-to-be President, Professor Lesley Yellowlees. The winners will see their work published in Chemistry World and there are also cash prizes on offer for the winners and runners-up. Find out more here.
Call: Ingenious grant scheme for creative engineering public engagement projects (closes 21 September 2012)
The Royal Academy of Engineering is looking for new projects to fund through Ingenious - our grant scheme for creative public engagement with engineering projects. If you have an imaginative idea that could help engineers to communicate their expertise and passion for engineering to a wider audience, we want to hear from you. You could be an engineer interested in running your own project, or a science and engineering communicator keen to explore ways to provide public engagement training and opportunities. Find out more here.
British Science Association - North of England Newsletter - July 2012
Find out what’s going on…This month we have a great listing of SciBars for you to attend. Also news of how to get involved with the the Big Bang 2013 and the British Science Festival when it comes to Newcastle in 2013 - it’s going to be great having it back in the North of England again. Find out more here.
BIG enews: Summer Edition 2012 - Issue 23
Hot off the digital press. Catch up on the latest sci comms news from the British Interactive Group. Contents include: Four good reasons to get to the BIG Event; It’s a girl thing It’s a culture thing; Cardiff Science Festival returns; In the Zone; The Crest Project; Being Curious at Life; Biomedical Picture of the Day. Find out more here.
BLOGS & RESOURCES
- 3 Month Thesis - How to Write a PhD Thesis
- Literature Review HQ - You wouldn’t give directions like this, so why do it in your lit review?
- Research Whisperer - Making the right impression: academic phone interviews
- FloraPosteWrites - The academic conference: tips and advice
- Patter - Preparing for an academic job interview
- Manchester PG Careers Blog - 2013 Graduate Schemes Start to Open