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Jane Hunt MP with Dr Ishara Dharmasena at STEM for Britain

Jane Hunt MP with Dr Ishara Dharmasena at STEM for Britain 2023

Public Engagement opportunities for our research staff community

The deadlines for submissions to participate in two great Public Engagement opportunities are approaching.

Both opportunities are open to the research staff community – including people on research-only contracts like Research Associates, Senior Research Associates and Research Fellows.

The first is STEM for Britain. This major scientific poster competition and exhibition is open for submissions until Monday 27 November 2023.

The successful candidates are invited to present their work to members of both Houses of Parliament on 4 March 2024.

As well as an opportunity to discuss their research, prizes are awarded for clear and engaging presentations of ground-breaking research across five specialisms:

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics

Dr Ishara Dharmasena was among the STEM for Britain 2023 finalists. He had this to say about his experience: "STEM for Britain was an excellent opportunity to showcase my research to a broad audience – including MPs, fellow researchers and some of the sponsors from various sectors.

“I had the pleasure to talk to our local MP, Jane Hunt, about how we are progressing with our super-smart-textile technology and its applications in remote health monitoring. And, it was very interesting to share my work with researchers from across the UK – and learn about theirs."

The other opportunity is the British Science Association Award Lectureships.

These Awards have recognised promising early-career scientists for more than 30 years. Many previous participants are now household names – Brian Cox, Richard Wiseman and Maggie Aderin-Pocock. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on 10 December 2023.

Applications are invited from researchers skilled at engaging people – particularly young people aged 16-30 and those who are underrepresented in science – with their research across seven areas: 

  • Agricultural, biological and medical sciences
  • Digital innovation
  • Engineering, technology and industry 
  • Environmental sciences
  • Physical sciences and mathematics
  • Science and the arts
  • Social sciences

Award winners present their lecture at the British Science Festival (11-15 September 2024), receive public speaking coaching and a £250 honorarium. They may also have additional opportunities to present their lecture at other UK science festivals. 

If you would like to find out more and apply to take part, full criteria for both opportunities are available on the STEM for Britain and British Science Association Award Lectureships websites