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AHRC New Generation Thinks Scheme – a public engagement opportunity

Do you have early career researchers and PhD students in you institution who are keen to develop their career in broadcast media and public engagement?

The AHRC is currently looking for applications for its unique New Generation Thinks Scheme – the 2019 call is currently open and there is a month to go until it closes on 4 October.

Now in its ninth year, the scheme aims to cultivate talented, articulate academics into exceptional all-round communicators. It provides a variety of training opportunities and the chance to work with world-class broadcasters from across the BBC.

Ten academics will be given the chance to front engaging and innovative programmes on BBC Radio 3 and beyond, as well as working with the AHRC on public engagement opportunities.

The scheme is open to early career researchers from all research backgrounds, provided their research is linked to an arts and humanities discipline. You can find out more here:

Call for Soapbox Science speakers is now open – deadline 26th Feb 2016!

We are excited to announce that Newcastle University will once again be hosting Soapbox Science following our record breaking debut last summer. Would you like to be a part of Soapbox Science Newcastle2016? Our call for speakers is NOW OPEN! If you are female, an academic scientist, researcher or PhD student and are keen to share your science with the people of Newcastle then apply using the following link: . The closing date for applications is Friday the 26th of February 2016.


Soapbox Science is a grass-roots science outreach organisation that brings cutting edge research onto urban streets whilst also promoting the visibility of women in science. We place inspirational speakers on soapboxes and encourage them to engage in and start conversations with the public about their work. For the Newcastle event we’ll be commandeering Grey’s Monument in the City Centre on Saturday June 18th and wowing unsuspecting passers-by with our latest discoveries. For a flavour of Soapbox Science Newcastle 2016 have a look at our short film of the day:


Soapbox Science has been running for 5 years with events in UK cities across the country and has attracted media coverage including BBC, The Guardian, Time Out, The Times (Eureka). 2016 is Soapbox Science’s biggest year yet with 12 events planned across the UK the first ever international event in Brisbane, Australia. It also receives great interest from the scientific community, with coverage in Nature, Science and New Scientist.

For more information go to or to contact the Newcastle soapbox science team email:

YPAG – Young Person’s Advisory Group

YPAG is a young people’s advisory group that can help you tailor your project to the younger audiences, help disseminate the results of your research to the younger community and consult on your grant ideas, papers and projects.

If you think you could benefit from their help, or know someone who would like to join YPAG, please get in touch, they will be more than happy to help!YPAG-Booklet-Final-1YPAG-Booklet-Final-2

RadioLab podcasts

Radiolab is a show about curiosity, heard around the country on more than 450 NPR member stations. Radiolab is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enhancing public understanding of science and technology in the modern world. Their website contains a series of interesting and useful podcasts:

radiolabFor more information, please visit:

Exploratorium resource site

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. They create tools and experiences that help become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits; a website with over 50,000 pages of content; film screenings; workshops for learners including day camps for kids and family investigations; evening art and science events for adults—plus much more.

exploratorium1exploratorium2For more information, please visit: