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Calls for papers and proposals

Global Science Journalism Survey 2021

Science journalists around the globe are invited to participate in the Global Science Journalism Survey 2021. The objective is to examine science journalism around the world, considering journalists' background, workload, and opinions on science journalism and work environment, as well as aiming to evaluate whether Covid-19 has been impacting science journalists around the globe. The deadline to complete the survey is 28 April.

Call for applications - citizen science online training courses

Ten training modules will be granted up to €1,500 by EU project EU-Citizen.Science for their development, implementation and testing before their publication on their platform. If you have ideas to produce a 1-2 hour online course on any relevant aspect of citizen science, this opportunity is perfect for you! The deadline to apply for the funding is 30 April.

The 2021 Beetlestone Award – for leadership and legacy in Informal Science Learning, call for applications (UK-only)

This award is to recognise a senior person in the sector – someone still in post in the UK, not a retiree – who has already made or is clearly creating a significant legacy for the field. The closing date for completed applications for this year’s award is 1 May. Applications can be accepted in person, or through nomination by a third party. In either case the nominee will be asked to complete a written application, details are here.

STFC Public Engagement 2021A Call for Applications

Applications to the call will be assessed in June and applications are able to start from 1 August 2021. The details of the scheme remain the same as for the previous call and can be viewed on the website.

The Big Bounce - 12 and 13 October - call for content proposals

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. Please submit your proposal using this application form. The closing date for application is Friday 14 May 2021.

Call for research papers for special edition of Journalism Education Journal

The special edition is dedicated to Science Journalism & Communication. Journalism Education is an international academic research journal from the Association for Journalism Education in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Particular attention will be given to themes including the evolution of science journalism in a digital age, Science Journalism in the post-truth era, Covid-19 Pandemic and Science Journalism and more. Deadline for papers is 15 May. Email scicom2021@gmail.com for further information.

Call for applications - Falling Walls Engage, 7-9 November, Berlin, Germany

The call for applications for the 2021 Breakthrough of the Year in Science Engagement is now open! We welcome projects that actively engage the public with science through participatory and interactive formats of all kinds and all sizes, projects with transferable and/or scalable approaches, and which have a measurable outcome and long-term impact on their respective target groups. Furthermore, if you know an individual or organisation around you running an inspiring project, you can directly nominate them. To apply or nominate, simply follow this link. The deadline for both is 15 June.

Call for Papers: Digital Narrative and Interactive Storytelling for Public Engagement with Health and Science, abstract deadline 31 March and 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.


Courses and webinars

Introduction to PCST for students webinar, 20 April

PCST Network invites students interested in science communication to an online introduction to the worlds and words of science communication. This will be in the form of a webinar, taking place at 13.00 CEST on Tuesday, 20 April. The discussion will be guided by questions submitted in advance by those wishing to take part. Questions can be submitted at the PCST Facebook group. The webinar is open to all interested, whether you are a PCST member or not. Please register here.

Science writing course, UWE Bristol, UK, 19 April to 25 June

Do you want to hone your science writing skills? The Science Communication Unit at UWE Bristol is offering a 10-week online course that will give participants the confidence and know-how to write clear, engaging stories that stay true to the science.

Science Communication Online Building Blocks - Engaging Participants in Online and Blended Environments, 19 April to 6 May

Join UWE Bristol’s Science Communication Unit for a three-part online training session to improve your confidence, knowledge and enjoyment of these possibly unfamiliar spaces of engagement. Over three short sessions, plus one short networking event, we’ll build a community to safely explore the technology we can draw from, the existing skills we can already build on and come up with our own plan for delivering engagement in online and blended environments.

#SciComm online, 14 June to end of August, deadline to register is 21 May

The popular online science communication course at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, is designed to help researchers and communication professionals to get to grips with the principles and practice of effective science communication.

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.


Conferences and meetings

The Federation of Astronomical Societies Online Convention, Saturday April 17, from 13.00 to 17.30 CEST

The convention is open to everyone. For full details and a link to free registration, go to http://fedastro.org.uk/fas/convention/convention-2021. The keynote speaker is The Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees, whose topic will be “From Mars to the Multiverse.”

2021 European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly (Vienna, Austria, 19-30 April 2021), vEGU21: Gather Online

During its autumn meeting, the EGU Programme Committee unanimously decided that the EGU General Assembly 2021 will be a virtual conference named vEGU21: Gather Online (#vEGU21). For details on registration, please head to the website.

Greenloop - sustainability in visitor attractions, 20 April, online

In the week of Earth Day 2021, Ecsite partner organisation blooloop are holding greenloop, a new conference to bring together sustainable initiatives for the visitor attractions industry.

SISCODE final conference, 3-7 May, online

Join the EU-finded project in exploring how to create a culture of citizen engagement in policymaking across Europe. During the free and virtual conference, the speakers will dive into the challenges and outcomes of co-creating policies with citizens.

RETHINK Workshop: Good quality science communication in a digital world, 10 May, online

The so called infodemic around Covid 19 and the rise of misinformation has raised once more the need for quality science communication. However, the demands for “quality science communication“ leave the question of what this actually means unanswered. This workshop will provide an opportunity to hear about the research findings and discuss their implications.

Ocean Literacy Festival, 22 May, online with some hybrid events

EU4Ocean Atlantic & North Sea basin community is organising the first digital Ocean Literacy Festival which will showcase educational content from European countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. The Festival will take place on 22 May 2021, back-to-back with the annual European Maritime Day conference organised this year in Den Helder (the Netherlands).

Festival of Nature, 5-12 June

Join the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world! Festival of Nature is a great place to be inspired, get involved and help support the nature in your area.

American Alliance of Museums annual meeting and museum expo, 24 May and 7-9 June, online

The event brings together museums of all types and sizes—from art and history museums to zoos and botanic gardens—to share ideas and make connections that are transformative. Registration is now open!

PCST 2020+1 Conference - virtual and global, 24-27 May 2021, online

PCST2020+1 will have broadly the same programme as the event originally planned for May 2020, but with the addition of plenary talks, panels, and parallel sessions of papers focused on Covid-19 and its science communication aspects.

19th International Symposium on School Museums and Collections of Educational History, 25-28 May 2021, Crete, Greece

The theme of the symposium will be “Creating Learning Experiences and Building Bridges for Open and Sustainable Societies.”

CitSciVirtual 2021, throughout May 2021, Phoenix, United States - NOW ONLINE

The Citizen Science Association aims to harness the knowledge acquired by science practitioners and share it with citizens. Events throughout the month of May 2021 will engage practitioners and researchers in the field of citizen science (educators, community leaders, scientists, students, technologists, data managers and more), in sharing the ideas and innovations that make work in this field thrive. Across this broad field, we know that we do science better, together.

EU Green Week, 31 May - 4 June, online

This year's Green Week focuses on 'Zero Pollution for healthier people and planet.' It will also look at other relevant European Green Deal initiatives, such the climate initiatives, the upcoming Chemicals Strategy, as well as initiatives in the field of energy, industry, mobility, agriculture, fisheries, health and biodiversity.

Future of Science Communication Conference, 24-25 June, Berlin, Germany

The event is organised by Wissenschaft im Dialog, the organisation for science communication in Germany, and ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities.The goal is to provide a platform for stronger networking and exchange of activities and expertise in the field.

9th Living Knowledge Conference, 30 June - 2 July 2021, Groningen, The Netherlands - POSTPONED TO 2022

UPDATE: The organisers have had to decide to postpone our 9th International Living Knowledge Conference for another year. The rapid spread of the Coronavirus and the resulting severe travel restrictions make it impossible to go ahead as planned. This was not an easy decision to take but we hope you understand. We are looking forward to finally seeing you in 2022. Stay healthy! For more information please visit the conference's website.

SAVE THE DATE: Digital Living Lab Days 2021, 6-10 September

More information will follow in the coming weeks

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.

ASTC Online Conference, 5-7 October 2021, online

ASTC has decided to move forward with a virtual conference this year.

The Big Bounce - 12 and 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.

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.

‘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."

Page last updated: 14 April 2021

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