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  • 11 Mar 2021 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    Applications are now open to study for an MSc in Science Communication at UWE Bristol’s renowned Science Communication Unit. The course starts in October 2021.

    The programme has been running for well over a decade and has developed an international reputation with employers for the practical skills in science communication that its students develop - practical skills that are underpinned with theoretical knowledge. The Unit pools its expertise, resources and contacts to deliver a programme that offers excellent professional development opportunities for those already working as science communicators or those aiming to move into the field.

    Our MSc in Science Communication programme was given a 100% satisfaction rating by its students in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) in the 19/20 academic year. In this survey, our students said they value the practice-focused approach of the programme that provides an opportunity to learn new skills.

    The course is taught on UWE Bristol’s Frenchay campus in Bristol and we have access to excellent facilities such as radio studios and TV editing suites.

    We provide opportunities to combine study with placements and projects hosted by organisations in the field in Bristol and elsewhere. Full-Time Home Award Fees are £7250Student loans are available for those studying the MSc full time and part time. The course is timetabled to allow our students to fit their studies around work commitments and a 25% fee discount is available to UWE Bristol alumni to study with us.

    An online open event is taking place at 7pm (GMT) on Thursday, 13 May 2021 and you can register your interest for the session here: https://www.uwe.ac.uk/courses/open-days/postgraduate-open-events. Alternatively, contact Programme Leader Andy Ridgway directly at Andy.Ridgway@uwe.ac.uk for further information.

    You will find more information about the MSc in Science Communication here: https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/P90012/science-communication

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  • 09 Feb 2021 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), also known as the Spanish National Research Council, signs up to the Biochemical Society and Portland Press’ pilot Read & Publish transformative deal. Corresponding authors at CSIC institutions will receive unlimited open access (OA) publishing across the entire journal portfolio.


    The CSIC has 120 research institutes across Spain, joining 130 other organisations already participating in this Read & Publish scheme. This pilot transitional agreement will help CSIC´s researchers working in biology and the life sciences to gain more impact and visibility for their articles. Portland Press is the Biochemical Society’s publisher, and its pilot Read & Publish scheme, offering unlimited OA publishing, first went live in 2020 as a means of transforming more of its published research and review articles to OA. This Read & Publish agreement guarantees all corresponding authors OA publishing by default at no additional author-facing charges.


    Professor Richard Reece, Chair of Portland Press Board, Trustee of the Biochemical Society and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Kent, says: “We are delighted to work with CSIC on signing up to our growing Read & Publish offerings. The CSIC is determined to contribute to making academic publications more accessible, which aligns with our own mission, transforming to open scholarship. We look forward to publishing OA research from CSIC authors on diverse topics in molecular biology and the life sciences.”


    Agnès Ponsati, CSIC‐Director at the Unit of Information Resources for Research, says: “Our institution's commitment to open science contemplates the progressive transformation of the traditional subscription deals with scientific publishers, towards agreements that promote immediate open access. We are happy to have achieved this agreement with Portland Press. We have worked with other big publishers, but we want to offer equal support to others of unquestionable scientific relevance, as it is the case with the Biochemical Society. We are eager to contribute with them in their various ways of transitioning toward open access.”


    Portland Press publishes seven journals covering different areas within molecular biology and the life sciences; two are fully open access (OA) titles and there are five hybrid journals where content is usually published behind a paywall, with authors either choosing to pay an article publishing charge to have their work published OA or benefitting from default, charge-free OA publishing where their institution has signed up to a Read & Publish pilot.


    To support and accelerate a transition to OA, these pilot Read & Publish offerings provide an alternative to regular subscriptions. The Biochemical Society and Portland Press are committed to a sustainable transition to a more open scholarly publishing landscape and our Read & Publish initiative builds on the principles set out in our Open Scholarship position statement.


    Visit portlandpress.com/OpenScholarship for more information.


  • 12 Jan 2021 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    Max Planck Digital Library and Portland Press sign Read & Publish deal enabling unlimited open access in the Biochemical Society’s journals

    The Max Planck Society is the latest organization to sign-up to the Biochemical Society and Portland Press’ pilot Read & Publish transformative deal. This provides Max Planck researchers with unlimited open access (OA) publishing and ‘read’ access across the entire journal portfolio. The Max Planck Society joins more than 50 other institutions based around the world, from Tokyo to Texas, participating in this Read & Publish scheme.

    Portland Press is the Biochemical Society’s publisher and its pilot Read & Publish scheme, offering unlimited OA publishing, first went live in 2020 as a means of making more of its published research and review articles openly available to researchers everywhere. This Read & Publish agreement guarantees all corresponding authors affiliated with the 86 Max Planck Institutes worldwide with OA publishing of their articles by default and at no additional author-facing charges.

    The three-year deal, 2021-2023, repurposes former library subscription funds to support open access publishing, instead, ensuring a move away from the traditional subscription model towards a sustainable publishing model based on open dissemination of research.

    Professor Richard Reece, Chair of Portland Press Board, Trustee of the Biochemical Society and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Kent, says: “The Max Planck Society and Biochemical Society are highly aligned in principles and thinking around transitioning to sustainable open scholarship. We are extremely pleased to be piloting this new model with the Max Planck Society and look forward to publishing work from Max Planck scholars on an OA basis in support of the advancement of the molecular biosciences.”

    Dr Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library, said: “Through their commitment and thoughtful strategy, the Biochemical Society is paving the way for learned societies toward a sustainable and irreversible transition of scholarly publishing to open access. We are delighted to implement this new agreement in full alignment with the Max Planck Society’s open access transformation strategy and the OA2020 Initiative, for the benefit of our research community and scientists everywhere.”

    Portland Press publishes seven journals covering different areas within molecular biology and the life sciences; two are fully open access (OA) titles and there are five hybrid journals where content is usually published behind a paywall, with authors either choosing to pay an article publishing charge to have their work published OA or benefitting from default, charge-free OA publishing where their institution has signed up to a Read & Publish pilot.

    To support and accelerate a transition to OA, these pilot Read & Publish deals provide an innovative alternative to the traditional subscription business model in scholarly publishing. The Biochemical Society and Portland Press are committed to a sustainable transition to a more open scholarly publishing landscape and our Read & Publish initiative builds on the principles set out in our Open Scholarship position statement.

    Visit portlandpress.com/OpenScholarship for more information.

     

     


  • 28 Jul 2019 12:34 PM | Deleted user

    BIG recently partnered with the British Science Association to run a session alongside the annual BIG Event to explore how science engagement practitioners can make better use of their facilities and resources to support equality, diversity and inclusion.  You can read the blog here.



  • 22 Jul 2019 10:25 AM | Deleted user

    Talking Maths in Public is the UK’s national maths communication conference, and takes place every two years in locations around the country. TMiP 2019 will take place at the Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge on 29th-31st August, and will be a chance for people who work in communicating and promoting maths and related topics to meet others who communicate maths, and to participate in training, workshops and discussions.

    Tickets for TMiP 2019 cost £115 for all three days, including lunch and refreshments each day and a conference dinner on Thursday evening - as well as the full programme of workshops, talks and informal networking activities. Details of the event are available on our website at talkingmathsinpublic.uk, and if you have any further questions about the event, you can contact the organisers by emailing info@talkingmathsinpublic.uk.

    BIG is offering a limited number of bursaries to BIG members who would not otherwise consider attending TMiP, covering the cost of a ticket to the conference (accommodation and travel not included). This could include those who work in more general science communication but would like to bring out the “M” in their STEM activities. If you wouldn't normally include maths in your work, or are unable to attend for other reasons, this bursary is for you.

    This Partnership Bursary is a pilot activity which supports our commitment to working with other networks and organisations that are relevant to BIG members' interests. 

    Find out more here

  • 17 Jul 2019 2:20 PM | Deleted user

    This year's Josh Award 2019 winners, Ben Nicholson and Frederike Gerstner being presented with their trophy at the BIG Event in Edinburgh by Judith Baird from the Science & Industry Museum, and Helen Featherstone, Chair of BIG.


  • 28 Jun 2019 2:25 PM | Deleted user

    Exhibit Prototyping: Skills Days for BEGINNERS, 2 days

    1-2 October 2019, 10am -7pm both days

    Edinburgh

    Do you have an idea for an exhibit or demo that you'd like to make, but feel that you don't have the confidence, the skills or the facilities to make it? In this two day skills event, we'll show you how to use hand tools and woodworking machines to turn your idea into a useful prototype.

    In this Skills Day offering, we’ll spend two days in the workshop of the Edinburgh Tool Library working on our own projects. This event is aimed at people with little or no workshop experience, but independent working will be required. There will be experienced staff available to help you get the most out of the workshop and the two days. (If you already have some experience, check out our Intermediate-level event in July.) 

    The workshop is equipped for woodworking; drilling and hand-sawing metal is also possible. Don't worry if you haven't used some or all of the woodworking machines before - everyone will be given an induction on safety and machines’ capabilities.


    Preparation: Although this event is aimed at people with minimal experience, everyone should come with an exhibit or a demo idea in mind. You'll get the most out of the event if you do as much of the thinking as possible beforehand, so that you can get stuck into making straight away. We will discuss your idea with you in advance so that we can advise on any details that you're unsure of. This will help you arrive with an idea that has the best chance of being completed in the time available.

    In addition to tools and machines, we'll provide the basics: a collection of reclaimed timber, wood screws, and all the tools you'll need. For other materials and components, Screwfix and B&Q are not far away, but it will save you time if you do your shopping in advance.

    About the session leader: Ben Craven

    Ben is a vision scientist by training, but now makes his living teaching Product Design Engineering at Glasgow School of Art, and gentle maths and stats for the Open University. He also does freelance work in informal science communication, and arranges efficient networking events.

    Find out more or BOOK HERE

    £100 for members, £130 for non-members (Lunch is on your own)

  • 21 Jun 2019 1:46 PM | Deleted user

    We are recruiting for a freelance Membership Services Manager for an initial 3-year period starting this September. The time commitment will be approximately 8 hours a week worked flexibly and according to the needs of our organisation. Visit www.big.uk.com/jobs for more info

  • 11 Jun 2019 4:43 PM | Deleted user

    The Beetlestone* Award Committee is delighted to announce that for 2019 this prestigious Award which recognises “leadership and legacy in the field of informal science learning” is being given not once, but twice.  Such was the field of candidates that the Committee decided that two people – contributing to the field in very different ways – both deserve an Award. Exceptionally, therefore, two Awards are being given.  This is not a question of ‘sharing the prize’; each recipient is equally deserving of full recognition.

     Helen Featherstone is Head of Public  Engagement at the University of Bath,  and the current chair of BIG.  She has  also worked in science centres and as an  independent consultant and  researcher. The assessors felt that “her  many expert contributions to the field  and her enthusiastic advocacy” have  already “built a solid legacy which will  continue to facilitate the sharing of expertise and raise standards in public engagement with science.”

    Ian Russell runs his own company, Interactive Science Ltd., and is both a science communicator and an exhibit designer.  The assessors pointed out that he has “forged his own brand both nationally and internationally, and is widely respected”, and added thathis seemingly inborn spirit and drive to share the joy of science is beyond admirable”.   These qualities have inspired generations of young people and many other professional communicators – a significant legacy.

    Colin Johnson, chair of the Beetlestone Award Committee, says “In this second year of the Award we received another impressive field of candidates, and I am delighted that we are able to recognise the very significant contributions that, in their different ways, both Helen and Ian are making to the field.  My very warmest congratulations to them both.”

    Each Award carries a personal cash prize of £500, an additional bursary to facilitate dissemination of the holder’s vision and legacy (which is an obligation on the awardee) and free registration for the next BIG conference.  The next call for applications/nominations will be early in 2020 and you can find out more here.

    *John Beetlestone (1932-2017) was the founding director of Techniquest, the UK’s first purpose-built science discovery centre. This Award has been made possible through the generosity of his family and friends.



  • 03 Jun 2019 10:18 AM | Deleted user

    We'd like to invite you all to come and tell your uplifting, sad and sometimes laughable tales of when scicomm stops being polite...and starts getting real. We will be creating a safe space where you can share your stories, either anonymously in advance or in person. You might be a complete newbie, someone with decades of experience, or anywhere in between. All are welcome, including non-BIG delegates. The event is FREE and there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase. 

    Tuesday, 16th July, Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR. 6pm for 6:30pm-9pm

    Speakers include, but are not limited to: 

    • Kirsty Ross, University of Strathclyde
    • Sam Langford, Glasgow Science Centre
    • Hana Ayoob, freelance Creative Producer and Trainer
    • Saeeda Bhatti, STEM in the Gorbals
    • Laura-Alexandra Smith, Science Connects
    • Siân Hickson, Institute of Physics

    There will also be walk-up slots available on the night. 

    Email if you'd like to submit a story anonymously to be read on your behalf.


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