February 1, 2010

Call for Papers: Science and the Public 2010 UPDATED

Call for Papers: Science and the Public 2010

Imperial College & Science Museum, London.
3rd and 4th of July 2010.

Now in its fifth year, the Science and the Public conference aims to bring together the various strands of academia which consider science’s relationships with groups generally called ‘the public’. Delegates come from a wide range of disciplines: science and technology studies, history of science, geography, psychology, cultural studies, media studies, sociology, development studies, English literature, science policy studies and more.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Mike Michael, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Professor David Edgerton, Imperial College, London.

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October 26, 2009

Call for Papers: Booms of popular science publishing

Call for Papers: Booms of popular science publishing

We are seeking contributions to a one-day symposium on 20th century popular science: the morning devoted to the apparent post-Einstein boom in popular science publishing, the afternoon considering post-Hawking works.

We are keen that this event should help foster connections between the wide range of people who study and think about popular science: historians, science communication researchers, professional scientists, science writers and literary critics.

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June 2, 2009


The abstracts for Brighton's Science and the Public Conference are now up (link to pdf).

Three other conferences that might be of interest:
1) Eye of the Storm: An interdisciplinary conference on scientific controversy. Run by Arts Catalyst at Tate Britain, 19 / 20 June 2009
2) Feeling Good: Health information for children and young people, Chester, UK, 23rd & 24th June 2009
3) CFP for IBBY UK/ NCRCL MA conference: Comics and Graphic Novels, to be held at Roehampton University, London 14th November (details below cut)

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May 20, 2009

Fourth Annual Science and the Public Conference

The Fourth Annual Science and the Public Conference will be held at the University of Brighton this year, on June 13 and 14 2009. The theme this year is 'Science and the public: uncertain pasts, presents and futures'.

March 18, 2009

CFP: The History of Books for Children and Young Adults 2009

The University of Bedfordshire is hosting a forthcoming one-day conference on the history of books for children and young adults to be held on the 16th June 2009 at the Polhill Campus, Bedford. The conference is titled the Hockliffe Conference in honour of a local bookseller, Frederick Hockliffe, whose son donated his collection of early children’s books to what was then Bedford Training College in 1927.

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February 11, 2009

Michael Faraday Prize Lecture: the cosmology of scientific images

Thought I'd draw attention to the next Michael Faraday Prize Lecture at the Royal Society on Tuesday, February 24. It will be given by Professor John D. Barrow of the University of Cambridge -- a 'cosmologist' (cool!) who will be talking about scientific imagery, societal worldviews, and science communication. It's free and will also be webcast.

December 12, 2008

Science and the Public 2009

Call For Papers: Fourth Annual Science and the Public Conference, University of Brighton, June 13th and 14th 2009. Next year's theme is 'Science and the public: uncertain pasts, presents and futures'.

The relationship between science and the public has provided fruitful material for analysis from a range of academic disciplines, and an important area of policy and practice, in recent years. Studies and experience have revealed a startling complexity, past and present, in science communication, a range of channels (formal, informal, fictional) through which dialogue and debate takes place, and a wide variety of participants in these interactions.

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July 30, 2008

CFP: Study of Literature and Environment Conference

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) invites proposals for its Eighth Biennial Conference, to be held June 3-6, 2009, at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada, on the theme of "Island Time: The Fate of Place in a Wired, Warming World." The conference features plenary sessions with Andrew Revkin, environment reporter for "The New York Times"; Richard Primack, editor-in-chief of "Biological Conservation"; Ruth Ozeki, author of "My Year of Meats," and many other speakers.

The ASLE seek proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, and other public presentations connecting language, nature, and culture. Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome; readings of environmentally inflected fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists, writers, practitioners, activists, and colleagues in the social and natural sciences. Deadline for Proposals: November 15, 2008. For more information, see

March 4, 2008

Reminder - call for papers, Science & Public 2008

More details here

March 3, 2008

CFP: conference on children's literature and the environment

CALL FOR PAPERS. Deep into Nature: Ecology, Environment and Children's Literature

BRITISH IBBY/NCRCL MA CONFERENCE, NOVEMBER 15TH 2008 (Roehampton University, London)

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December 18, 2007

Punk Science: a typhoon in the cafe of the Dana Centre

Well it happens to everyone this time of year, doesn't it; here's my (tardy) review, a week after Punk Science: Climate Change happened at the Dana Centre in London. What better way to broach the issue of impending environmental collapse through climate change than with a live comedy act!


The show was good fun, despite an annoying cold and the feeling that I should have probably taken a seat somewhere at the back, fodder as the audience was for the routine. It turned out fine, and I enjoyed the unusual combination of frenetic banter, tunes, fake storm-brewing, bug-eating, and creative subversion of PowerPoint. All of this on the theme of global warming, and wrapped up in the trio's manic children's presenter affect. Funny, because slightly uncool, in a cool way.

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October 18, 2007

CFP – Science & the Public 2008

Call For Papers – Third Annual ‘Science & the Public’ Conference, University of Manchester, 21st and 22nd, June 2008.

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September 21, 2007

Science cinema

Short notice, but I have just had an email from Tim Boon from the Science Museum, and thought this was one of the places I could pass it on.

Science films at the National Film Theatre - this monday evening.

The programme includes the whimsical natural history of Percy Smith in World in a Wine Glass; advocacy of technology in The Coming of the Dial (1931); and science as social concern in Enough to Eat? (1936) , against Nazi race theory in Man – One Family (1946) and in the service of work efficiency in Britain Can Make It: Motion Study (1946). The programme's culmination is Paul Rotha's eloquent World of Plenty (1943), which argues for the scientific planning of world food supplies to bring an end to world hunger.

More detials and booking system here.

September 10, 2007

Discussing popular science - CFP

Call For Contributors - Workshop on Popular Science Books

We are looking for contributors for a one-day event on popular science books to be held at Imperial College, London on 22nd Feb 2008. Literary critics, historians, writers, illustrators, publishers, prize-givers, reviewers, readers, booksellers, teachers (and others) are all invited to take part.

More details below.

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May 20, 2007

Science and the Public 2007

The second and very worthwhile Science and the Public conference was held yesterday at Imperial College. Like last year, the day was an opportunity to hear and mix with a great diversity of people. thanks Alice and Sarah!

Some talks of note included Justin Dillon's presentation of a project (by Materials Library/Kings College London/Goldsmiths/Tate Modern) to promote public engagement with materials via art: a series of hands-on science-themed activities set within the Tate Modern. These contributed to a later Tate Modern ipod tour which I am looking forward to taking myself.

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October 17, 2006

National Science Week scheme

This is a scheme to support researchers 'who wish to engage the public with issues relating to science and engineering' -- though I've only just heard about it and the deadline is October 20th! (Why don't they just circulate the newsletter a bit earlier… )
'The RCUK Science in Society Unit announces its award scheme to support public engagement activities in National Science and Engineering Week 2007 (9 - 18 March)' more info here.

August 30, 2006

Space & Art

Just heard about the Roundhouse's 'Space Soon' programme, and the Taking Control - Spaceflight For Humans symposium: "In this 2-day symposium, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs discuss the future of space exploration from the human perspective." could be interesting…