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Selection of international conferences, calls, webinars and courses

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Calls for papers and proposals

STFC Public Engagement 2021: Call for Applications

Applications to the call will be assessed in June and applications are able to start from 1 August. The details of the scheme remain the same as for the previous call and can be viewed on the website.

Call for papers: Digital Narrative and Interactive Storytelling for Public Engagement with Health and Science, full papers by 30 September

Papers sought for a joint issue with Frontiers in Communication (Science and Environmental Communication; Health Communication) and Frontiers in Environmental Science (Science and Environmental Communication) on digital and interactive narratives and science and health education and journalism. View the full call for more details.


Inspiring young people in STEM, online course, can be joined at any time

The National STEM Learning Centre of the UK put together a series of four courses on the platform Future Learn. This programme aims to help students develop their volunteering skills and STEM activities for young people. Courses are free and you can join at any time. More information and registration can be found on the website.

Popular science writing online workshop – Saturday 11 September – 11:00 – 17:00 CEST

Astronomy author and writer Colin Stuart is holding a one-day course where he will share tips and advice on writing for magazines, books and online, as well as plenty of time for questions so you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about a career in science writing. Tickets are available now.

Science Filmmaking Course, 8-10 November 2021, Folly Farm (UK)

A three-day science filmmaking course near Bristol with the science communications agency, Blue Fire Films that worked with academics and universities, among others. More details can be found on the website.

Conferences, webinars and meetings

Free Natural History Live Webinars from the Field Studies Council, June to December

FSC Natural History Live webinars are free online learning experiences via Zoom for adults, comprising of a 30–40 minute talk from a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session on a range of taxa and projects. There are still eleven individual sessions in total, taking place throughout the year.

Communicating the Future: Engaging the Public in Basic Science, 27-28 July, online

SciPEP, a partnership between The Kavli Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, will convene a virtual conference exploring the unique characteristics of the relationship between the public and basic research. Registration is now open for this free, virtual conference.

Online symposium on Communicating Planetary Health, 29 July

The symposium is organised by the newly founded Munich Science Communication Lab. The programme includes two keynotes from Sarah Davies (University of Vienna) and Samuel D. Myers (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), as well as panels with science communicators, science journalists and researchers. Find out more about the programme and register for free.

Webinar - engaging audiences in the Webb Space Telescope launch, 31 August, online

This online workshop will hear from several partners from NISE (National Informal STEM Education) about their plans to engage audiences in the science and celebration of the launch of the JWST. Presenters will share new resources for events and public engagement programming that may spark ideas for your own efforts.

Digital Living Lab Days 2021, 6-10 September, online

Digital Living Lab Days is the annual event organised by the European Network of Living Labs. The event offers a space or a platform for public officials, companies, entrepreneurs, academics, living lab representatives, and innovators to connect and work together: to create new products and services, to set the basis for debate and exploration of theories, and to discuss and process policy recommendations within the practical elements of open and user-driven innovation.

British Science Festival, 7-11 September 2021, Chelmsford, UK

Europe's longest standing science festival was postponed in 2020, but will now take place in September 2021, with a full programme to be launched in June 2021.

Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Virtual Annual Conference, 20-24 September

Registration is now open for the AZA virtual conference, with over 100 sessions and the option to watch on-demand for three months after the conference has finished.

ASTC Online Conference, 28 September- 1 October and 5-7 October 2021, online

ASTC has decided to move forward with a virtual conference this year and hopes you'll join them for an opportunity to come together, exchange ideas, and learn from colleagues in all areas of the science engagement field.

National Association of Science Writers, ScienceWriters2021, 8-11 October

Save the date! ScienceWriters2021 will be held as a hybrid event, with an in-person gathering in Boulder, Colorado. More information here.

The Big Bounce - 12-13 October, Glasgow, UK

The Big Bounce is staged for and by communities in the East End of Glasgow that experience high levels of multiple deprivation, and this year it will again explore the solutions to the climate crisis that physics offers, and help those in the East End of the city to feel connected to the COP26.

Inclusive SciComm Symposium, 14-16 October, online

Save the date! Inclusive SciComm spans many related fields, such as public engagement with STEMM, informal science learning, journalism, community-based participatory research, inclusive pedagogy, service learning, community organising, and many others. Find more information here.

CIMUSET 48th Conference, 26-30 October, Teheran, Iran - may be moved online

The 2020 conference has been postponed to 2021 and the theme is "Museums & Environmental Concerns, New Insights."

Falling Walls Engage 2021, 7-9 November, Berlin, Germany

This edition will be another great opportunity for applicants to connect with other inspiring Science Engagers involving communities in meaningful and impactful ways around the world, and to gain international visibility on stage in Berlin.

'Hands On?! into the future', 9-12 November 2021, online

This conference from the International Association of Children in Museums will have two strands: Classic Hands On! conference sessions and best practice presentations by members & novel formats in connection with our 21st century children project. Find more information on their website.

‘Science & You’ International Conference, 16-19 November, Metz, France

‘Science & You’ brings together research and practice of science communication and public engagement, and offers a forum to reflect on the current state of practice, ventilate new ideas and lessons learned, and create new partnerships. The theme of the 2021 Conference is "Science Communication: Take a Step Back to Move Forward."

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Engage Conference 2021, 1-2 December, online

Registration is now open to join the conference, which will discuss the issues we have collectively faced over the last 18 months - how the pandemic, tragedies, inequalities, movements and grass-roots activism of the last 18 months has disrupted the knowledge sectors significantly, but also opened up new opportunities to learn and re-focus the role of public engagement in the future of higher education and society.

Science and Society session : Science Communication Practice, Research, and Reflection, 13-17 December, LA, USA

Submit an abstract to the session Science and Society: Science Communication Practice, Research, and Reflection--at this year’s American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 13-17 December 2021. The Fall Meeting 2021 will be a hybrid meeting and will accommodate both virtual participation from anywhere in the world and in-person participation from New Orleans, LA, USA. Submit your abstract here. Deadline to submit abstract: 4 August

Page last updated: 15 July 2021


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