Realising Opportunities is an unprecedented collaboration of 12 leading universities promoting fair access to higher education and encouraging social mobility, for able students from under-represented groups.
“The NSO is a truly wonderful resource which is so much more than just a sophisticated eye to the universe. Just as importantly, it gives us a powerful platform from which to proceed with inspiring students in science through astronomy” (Science teacher)
Clarity of purpose: Summer Scientist Week (www.summerscientist.org) was set up in 2007 to give the public an insight into real psychological research. The aims of the project are to i) stimulate interest and excitement in how the mind and brain works, and ii) support informal learning about the research process and research outcomes in the fields of psychology and cognitive neuroscience.
Centre of the Cell is a £4 million biomedical science centre; educational website and outreach project aimed at children and young people aged 9 to 19, families and youth and community groups. The Centre of the Cell 'Pod' (resembling a 16 cell human embryo) is dramatically suspended above the laboratories and provides young people with a unique interactive insight into what scientists do and how their work influences real life. Centre of the Cell's Director, Professor Fran Balkwill OBE FMedSci, is a leading cancer researcher and science communication expert.
Bright Club is a series of events where academics perform stand-up comedy about their research in a professional comedy venue to an audience beyond the usual suspects. Full details of the project are available at www.brightclub.org
The Natural Resources EXPLORATORIUM is a project launched by the Barcelona Knowledge Campus (BKC)—a joint initiative of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) that has been recognised as an International Campus of Excellence—in collaboration with the Berga Town Council. The project draws on the strengths of the three participating institutions: the scientific and technical knowledge of two of Catalonia’s top universities, and the Town Council’s ability to reach out to the public.
Traditionally, sciSCREEN-type public engagement events have used cinema’s back catalogue to discuss one, usually ‘hard’ science, aspect of an explicitly science orientated film. By contrast, Cardiff sciSCREEN uses new release films from a range of genres, allowing us to use the existing publicity and public awareness to build an interest in the sciSCREEN event and attract a wider audience. Rather than merely dissecting the ‘hard’ science on show, Cardiff sciSCREEN draws on academic expertise from a wide range of disciplines to encourage critical thinking about science, society, and film.