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Leeds Carnival

BLAST Fest UK will be at Leeds Carnival on 25-26th August and they’re contributions from across the full spectrum of STEM, although this year they have a slant on engineering and bringing to life all the STEM that goes into the production of Caribbean Carnivals, including Sound Systems.

Their main event will take place at the Carnival but they will also have workshop activities outside of the carnival space – aimed at young people, including during Black History Month. This includes making small replica carnival floats with reggae sound system speaker boxes, designing carnival costumes, while learning about electronics, physics, computer programming/coding, sound engineering, speaker box design, environmental impact and sustainable materials – as well as learning about the history and STEM skills of early Reggae Sound SySTEM pioneers.

To register your interest, fill in this form:

National Science and Media Museum

During October half term (26th Oct – 3rd Nov 2019), the National Science and Media Museum are running a partnership with Aardman Animation studios on their second Shaun the Sheep film, Farmageddon.

They are running a STEM area on the theme/s of space/film making/animation etc, and are looking to for suitable activities that are appropriate for a family audience.  If you would like to get involved, please contact us at

If you require more information, help or advice on any of the above opportunities, please contact

Public Engagement funding for Social Sciences available through ESRC IAA

The Economic and Social Research Council has awarded funding to the Leeds Social Sciences Institute through an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).  The funding supports Leeds researchers in the social sciences to maximise the impact and influence of their research on non-academic partners.

One of the strands supported by this IAA is Public Engagement, where up to £5k is available to promote the public understanding of social science and the impacts of research on cultural life. This fund will aim to promote accessible forms of dissemination, engagement and knowledge exchange both face-to-face and through social media.

The funds can be used for a one off event or a programme of activities over a maximum of 12 months.  Any activities funded via this scheme should not be aimed primarily at academic audiences.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 12noon,  please submit applications to

Application forms, guidance and information about other strands of activity funded by this IAA are available on the LSSI website: (Applicants must ensure they use the correct form and the latest version which will be available on the LSSI website)

Before applying please ensure you refer to the full guidance – any applications that are deemed not to comply with the eligibility criteria will not be reviewed by the panel.

The awards will only cover directly incurred costs associated with the project and all expenditure must comply with the University’s financial regulations.


  • Deadline for applications: 12noon on 11th September 2019
  • Panel review: 10th October 2019
  • Funding decision circulated w/c 14th October 2019

If you have any questions about the ESRC IAA please contact IAA Manager, Hannah Crow, at, and for advice and guidance with Public Engagement, contact the PE team

‘Lates’ event opportunities 2019

Museums are hosting ‘Lates’ – adult-only late evening openings throughout the year – with live shows and experiments, talks, comedy, music and more. If you are interested, please contact us (we update the list as we find out):

  • 27 November 2019, Manchester Science and Industry Museum

PE in promotion criteria- update

35% of all successful academic promotion applications in 2017-18 used the PE criterion (up from 26% in 2016-17), equally distributed across Grade 8 to 10.

Record your public engagement activity

Keep up to date by including details of everything from public lectures to curating exhibitions, schools outreach plus public and patient involvement work under the professional activities tab in Symplectic. Read the help file here (DOCX 249KB)

What works: Engaging the public through social media

(external link, PDF 1.2 MB) The NCCPE has worked with public engagement professionals and researchers from across the UK to co-develop this guide.

Introduction to Science Communication

The first ever YouTube Course on Science Communication has just been released. It’s a series of 10 free videos – written & presented by BBC Science Presenter & YouTuber Greg Foot – that take you through how to talk with the public about anything from the world of science, technology, engineering and maths. It’s got a focus on helping practising scientists communicate their work with non-experts, but will also be useful to anyone interested in talking about science with the public.

Keep up to date with public engagement at Leeds

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