A weekly online meet up for people interested in Science Communication and Public Engagement
The current series of Virtually Social has now ended, catch up on previous episodes below.
What happens at Virtually Social?
Who comes to Virtually Social?
Anyone interested in public engagement or science communication is welcome. The main three catagores of people who join us are: Public Engagement Professionals, Science Communicators and University reseachers. No prior experiance is required and all backgrounds and levels are welcome.
How do I join?
Do I need to register?
You don't need to register, but if you do register you will get an automated reminder email on the day so if there is a session you are keen on it is worth dropping your email in the session descriptions above.
I can't make it, are they recorded?
When possible a partial recording will be uploaded here for 4 weeks. It will cut the discussion parts of the session but will include the guest speakers where possible.
Who is running these?
The sessions are organised by Jamie Gallagher, a Public Engagement consultant from Glasgow. The sessions are not linked to any organisation and they are organised by Jamie in his free time.
I'd like to suggest a topic or a speaker (including myself)
Great! We are always looking for new topics. Please email with your session or speaker ideas.
Do I need a webcam/mic?
No, some people will join just to listen in or contribute via text. Atendees are encouraged to join in as little or as much as they'd like. It can be fun and sociable to see people on camera but please don't feel obliged.
How long will this series run?
The series will run for as long as people want them and Jamie has capacity to run them. There is no end in sight but they are unlikely to run forever. The situation will be reassessed every few weeks.
Updates from previous sessions
3rd April: Humanities and Science
10th April: Online Engagement
17th April: School Engagement
24th April: Accessible Engagement
NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) announce new public engagement grant to fun projects between £10k and £50 which help understand or mitigate the Covid 19 crisis
The Universities Partnerships Programme Foundation have funded 5 projects in their £100k for civic engagement. Decisions were made before the pandemic and there is expected to be a delay in implementation. Read about the funded projects here
The Institute of Physics’ annual festival in Scotland plans to go ahead 30th Oct – 1st Nov. It has been renamed the Big Bounce and will take place in the Glasgow barras. Proposals are open until May 26th
STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards are open. Up to £15k to highlight STFC’s work or introduce new audiences to STFC work. Open to anyone. Deadline 21st May
Global Science show,
50 scientists from around the world passing the baton one to another for a full day of Sci Comm follow along with #GlobalScienceShow
A UoM blog on making an accessible science roadshow
Video on accessibility for students with VI, it's embedded into the blog but this is the link to it
Facebook attempts to provide automatic image description, which is often very basic, eg “Image may contain: man, beard”. It is possible to change text, as per the help article How do I edit the alternative text for a photo on Facebook?
A set of activities Faye Watson developed with the Cardiff University Bioimaging Hub to engage partially sighted and blind people with pollen and their amazing shapes and adaptions!
1st May: Podcast Production
NCCPE #PEPTogether online meetings move to fortnightly. The sessions for Public Engagement professionals run on Thursdays at 11:30am. The next session is 7th May and will look at the ethics of Engagement
Talking Maths is a biennial maths communication conference. This year it will take the form of 6 weekly events which started yesterday and will take place over the next 5 weeks on Thursdays at 3pm, register here for links
SciCurious launches Social Distant Networking with group exercises. The first session is on Monday and is on Story Telling
UniverSilly Challenged online pub quiz hosted by Simon Watt and Jonny Berliner, Sunday May 3rd, 8.30pm
Nominations open for John Maddox prize, the prize recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility. Nominations open until 11th May
The Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund is currently open for Small Grant applications to support public and schools engagement events and activities. Deadline Monday 11th May
Science Gallery Dublin announce recipients of their Rapid Residences. This provides funding to local artists, creators and makers. These grant holders will explore ideas that investigate art and technology, science and society issues, local community and curiosity. @SciGalleryDub
Ada Lovelace Live, due to take place in Oct, has been cancelled but the organisers are looking in to online activities. The day will still happen
You wanna start a science podcast during the lockdown?
I suggest that oyu take a look at what’s out there first (Lewis’ study)
Is there a corner for you? What’s your USP? What’s your goal? For you, for the individual listener, for the listening community at large?
Think about the format. Monologue podcasts aren’t popular in general. 2 hosts talking are, but hard to keep track. Magazine syle shows popular and effective, but difficult to produce. Interview shows easy to do.
Know your audience. Podcast audiences skew young, university educated and with a relatively comfortable level of income - Don’t necessarily have baseline knowledge.
Bear in mind that you might have global listeners. They might not be your target audience and that’s okay.
Example – STEM in the Gorbals – highly localised, interview style show with rotating hosts.
Is this format sustainable after this? Consider that for every minute of recorded material, you’ll likely do more than a minute of editing, and usually about an hour of time publishing and publicising. Recording for 60 minutes, editing for 60+ minutes, pushing for 60 minutes.
Now is a very good time to record a podcast – lots of free time, latent creative energy etc. But not the best time to release a podcast – listenership numbers down. That said, also probably a good time to engage people who don’t usually listen to podcasts.
Notes from Matthew
3rd July: Science Capital
Professor Louise Archer at UCL Institute of Education Originator of #ScienceCapital. @ASPIRESscience
Clare Harvey, Chief Executive, The Ogden Trust ( @Clmharvey)
Dr Carol Davenport, director of NUSTEM ( @DrDav)
Science Capital Teaching Approach (including videos and a summary of the findings): (Link)
A Theory of Change for Improving Children’s Perceptions, Aspirations and Uptake of STEM Careers (link)
From Martin Archer : For more on this ecosystem and theory of change approach, I've collated a review article (Carol is a co-author) of deeper programmes of engagement (link)
Government report on how schools should open in September (England, mainstream schools) (link)
And SEN Schools in England (link)
All NUSTEM resources are on our website (link)
Science capital or STEM capital? Exploring relationships between science capital and technology, engineering, and maths aspirations and attitudes among young people aged 17/18 (link)
Twitter handles of people happy to stay connected after Virtually Social
8th May: Engagements highs and lows
Date: 14 May 2020
Time: 8.30pm BST
Organiser: Life Science Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Diamond the Game Print and Play boardgame
Sunday 10th May
50 scientists from around the world passing the baton one to another for a full day of Sci Comm follow along with #GlobalScienceShow
You get = a 5 mins slot
You share = demos, info on your work & more
You can = post vids, pics, GIFs, threads, links & more
Museum from home on the BBC
15th May: Legacy and Evaluation
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) launch a new £1.5 million Citizen Science fund where universities and research institutes can bit for up to £375k to develop projects which involve citizens to address socially relevant issues.
Scientists for Labour are looking for volunteers to help ensure the shadow cabinet have access to high quality advice. They are particularly keen to hear from immunologists at this time. Volunteers do not need to be members of the Labour party. For more info email email@example.com
Evaluation Works Scotland held a webinar on Evaluating in a time of change they also have some downloadable resources
The Maddox Prize submission deadline is extended until the 26th of May. It recognises someone who promotes science around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility
Fuel and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are seeking proposals from scientists whose research focuses on Global and Public Health to take part in a virtual residency with a curated pool of artists, resulting in 3 new creative projects
Deadline 1st June.
Deadline extended for Being Human Festival applications (now due by 29th May) for activities to happen in November. It is hoped that events can go ahead as planned as normal but there are contingency plans should that not be possible.
22nd May: Publishing PE
For information on how you can be involved with Reseach for All see here or get in touch with one of the NCCPE tream
Examples of papers:
Engaging young people in climate justice Link
Can the research impact of broadcast programming be measured? Link
Papers written by Martin
Journals of relevance:
Frontiers for young minds Link
Public understanding of science Link
Geoscience communication Link
Consilience Journal, exploring the spaces where science and art meet Link
Groups to connect with to find educators / researchers who might like to collaborate:
Indisciplinary poetics @In_Poetics on Twitter
The Association for Science Education Link
Links/updates from chat
Siddharth Kankaria organises a journal club, from info see @scicommsci
How to present qualitative evidence Link (Via Martin Archer)
Contrasting evaluation and research Link (Via Martin Archer)
On the publishing of interviews Link (Via Bentley)
Sticky Dot a science engagement organisation in Brussels is running online workshops about bringing public engagement online. (The first session is free and the rest are €79 each) Info and booking
Evaluation workshops. Jamie Gallagher will be running 3-hour workshops looking at the theory and the practice of evaluation in public engagement. The workshop will be repeated three times and places are £30. Tuesday 16th (sold out), Wednesday 24th May and Thursday 2nd July. Info and booking
ColorMePhD release HydrogeLand: A Candy-Filled Hydrogel Adventure. A free 2-in-1 board game/coloring page features chemical engineering research by women in STEM. Info and download
I’m a Scientist running open, drop in chats. The next session is Friday 22nd May at 3pm Join the chat
There is also an open call for a UKRI sponsored I’m a Scientist strand and application for scientists and technicians who are UKRI funded or use UKRI facilities or data are open now. Apply by 31st May info and applications
Global Science show is running 22nd May until 8.30pm. Communicators from around the world have 10 minutes to share some interesting science before moving to someone else, over 12 hours the baton will be passed around the globe. Follow along on twitter
Science Communication Research: an empirical field study analysis. New review which has examined the publication of science communication paper over the past 40 years. Info and free ebook
5th June: Citizen Science
Links from David Chapman
UKRI PE Vision (link)
UKRI CS Call (link)
ECSA's Ten Principles of Citizen Science (link)
ECSA's Characteristics of Citizen Science (link)
Vickie Curtis Links
Citizen Science: Theory and Practice journal (link)
Human Computation (journal): It covers aspects of online citizen science, using games, and other types of crowdsourcing.
Online Citizen Science and the Widening of Academia by Vickie Curtis (monograph). If anyone is interested in a section of Vickie's book she is happy to send on some of the content. Please get in touch with Vickie to discuss. It focuses on digital CS but covers common themes of motivation to participate, patterns of participation, and communities of practice.
Citizen Science: how ordinary people are changing the face of discovery (monograph) by Caren Cooper. Really nice overview of the history and scope of CS by leading researcher.
Citizen Science and Science Capital: a tool for practitioners (link)
From 2015 but raises important issues. CS suffers from a lack of diversity within its base of participants.
Citizen Inquiry: Synthesising science and inquiry learning (monograph) edited by Christothea Herodotou et al. Collection of papers on CS and learning edited by team from the OU.
Institute for Research in Schools IRIS (link) A very successful organisation that brings authentic research into schools – citizen science in a formal educational setting.
Platform for app-based CS projects (link)
Links from Alice Sheppard
UCL Extreme Citizen Science (link)
EU-Citizen.Science (the training platform) (link)
ECSAnVis (cocreation with indigenous people) (link)
CinCity (knife crime in London) (link)
The Citizen Science Translation Hub (link)
ECSAnVis StoryMap (link)
“Peas in the Universe, Goodwill and a History of Zooite Collaboration on the Peas Project” (link)
“A Week of IAmCitSci: Galaxy Zoo, UCL ExCites, EyesOnALZ, forum moderation and more” (link)
The STEM Response Team at the University of Wolverhampton have released a Citizen Science Project as of 19th of May, which is where we are encouraging members of the public to get involved and send us data using a cool app called Google Science Journal. (link)
Notes from discussion
The Woodland Trust’s the Nature's Calendar citizen science project tracks the effects of weather and climate change on wildlife near you (link)
LEARNCitSci research study. The Learning and Environmental science Agency Research Network for Citizen Science (LEARN CitSci) Project is a four-year international collaborative research project that aims to understand how young people develop Environmental Science Agency through their participation in Citizen Science programs at Natural History Museums (link) via @deanveall
Parenting Science Gang (link) How co-creating research changed PSG's participants - it's not about their environmental behaviour, but affected their parenting and interactions with healthcare professionals (link) The Parenting Science Gang’s overview paper about the project (link) via @sophiacol
Another great paper about CitSci motivations (link) via Smriti Safaya
Donate to raise funds to distrubute copies of books advocating racial justice (link)
Thread on the need for a UK Black Lives Matter movement (link)
Thread on being inclusice and antiracist (link)
Advice for being an ally (link)
12th June: Teachers
Kulvinder Johal, Primary Regional mentor for London, Science Teaching Trust, @kulvinderj
Dr Kristy Turner, School Teacher Fellow at University of Manchester/Bolton School, @doc_kristy
Dr Stephen Hendry, Education Coordinator (Scotland) Royal Society of Chemistry, @DrStephenHendry
Links from Kulvinder
STFC’s Borrow the Moon (link)
Royal Microscopical Society Microscope activity kits (link)
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Adopt a School (link)
STEM ambassador scheme (link)
British Science Week activity packs (link)
Crest Awards (link)
Medical Mavericks (link)
Links from Stephen
Find your local Royal Society of Chemistry Education Coordinator ( link)
Outreach opportunitiesJoin your Royal Society of Chemistry local section. Normally first point of call for engaging with outreach in your local area ( link)
Chemical sciences - Want to find out more about how to engage with schools effectively? Join our online training session on 16 June 11am-12pm ( link)
Submit ideas and concerns with the Royal Society of Chemistry policy team about teaching and teacher support plans moving forward ( link)
Outreach fund increase £2,000 to £5,000. We also have a large Outreach fund for projects up to £10,000 (link)
Teacher Empowerment fund Professional development (£700) for teachers could link in with science communicators (link)
Inclusion & Diversity fund - Projects related to gender, disability, socio-economic background, language, BAME scientists and the LGBT+ community (link)
Links from the chat
The Two Oceans Aquarium (South Africa) teaching staff have prepared some incredible on-line courses for June. Fins of fish (link); Junior biologist (link); Rocky shore biology (link); Principles of oceanography (link) via Russell Stevens
Great Science Share on Tuesday 16th June - over 100,000 children worldwide signed up (link)For the opportunity to be involved in answering some of the amazing questions that children across Scotland have been asking as part of the Great Science Share email Paul Tyler. Via @Glazgow
Royal Society Partnership Grants of up to £3,000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing or data science projects. (link) via @RuthPatchett1
Word Oceans day: 8th June 2020: Incredible Oceans ran a special online show which had 4k people watching. They’ve also spent this week answering all 480 questions that came in over their facebook live you can catch up here via @Russell_Arnott
The Royal Veterinary College Animal Academy launched yesterday! A brand new online programme to support young people from underrepresented backgrounds to reach their dreams of studying and working with animals (link) via @PunkBiologist
19th June: Wikipedia
Dr Claire Murray, Scientist at @DiamondLightSou and wiki contributor ( @drclairemurray)
Dr Alice White, digital editor and Wikimedian at Wellcome ( @HistorianAlice)
Dr Emma Bridges, Public Engagement Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies ( @emmabridges)
Dr Jessica Wade, Research Assocaite, Imperial College London ( @jesswade)
Links from Jess
Wikipedia edit-a-thon for the Strike for Black Lives dashboard with instructional links (link)
Video tutorial (link)
Links from Emma
Report by Wikimedian Richard Nevell on the impact of #WCCWiki (link)
Guardian article by one of #WCCWiki co-founders, Victoria Leonard, placing #WCCWiki in the context of Wikipedia’s wider gender imbalance (link)
Recording of a talk about #WCCWiki which co-founders, Claire Millington, and Emma Bridges gave at the London Digital Classics seminar in 2018 (link)
Systemic bias on Wikipedia (link)
Article discussing how many women edit Wikipedia (link)
Tool which allows you to look at number of Wikipedia biographies by gender in various languages (link)
Links from the chat
The BIG Event will run online this year, with event happening between 16th July and 6th August. It is free for BIG members (membership £30/some bursaries are available) (link)
STEM Clubs week
STEM Clubs Week is 22 – 26 June 2020 and the theme is sustainability.
Brings you challenges, case studies, talks focused on sustainability topics delivered by Design Club and a fantastic range of STEM Ambassadors. (link)
REF 2021 deadline announced
The revised REF deadline has been announced, the submission deadline is now 31st March 2021. The timeframe for reported impact has also been extended and now runs until 31st Dec and not 31st July (link)
APPG on Diversity in STEM launch report
The Equity in STEM Education inquiry report launches on Tuesday 23 June 2020. The inquiry started in March 2019. A new inquiry will be launched later this summer (link)
23rd June: Museums
Dan Vo, Volunteer LGBTQ Tour Coordinator, ( @DanNouveau)
Stephen Welsh, curator and consultant ( @stxwelsh)
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM (link)
Final call for Being Human proposals (link)
Donate here to support the Vagina Museum and help keep it open (link)
Socially conscious and engaged curatorial practice (link)