For quite a long time I’ve had a hankering to be the person in the t-shirt with the roving mike at science events. This volunteering role sounds excellent – they come round every year and I keep meaning to do a sort of ‘feature’ on festival-type things as one route in to science communication.
It is unpaid however and there has been a great deal of discussion (and disagreement) on the psci-com mailing list. Although longer-term internship posts tend to disadvantage those who can’t afford to support themselves and perhaps their family through a period where they’re receiving no income I think of this volunteering job more as a short working holiday. Your mileage may vary 🙂
x-change 2011 ??? volunteers needed!
Following the success of last year???s x-change, we???re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to bring this annual event to the British Science Festival in Bradford from 10-15 September 2011. The x-change is a relaxed, informal round-up of the day???s talks, events and workshops and it???s all brought together with the help of our team of volunteers.
This is a great opportunity to get experience planning and running public engagement events, meeting speakers and networking with some of the UK???s top science communicators.
Successful applicants will be organised, hard working and creative and, most importantly, be enthusiastic and passionate about science and good public engagement. It???s ideal for anybody interested in a career in science communication and volunteers will receive training, room and board at the Festival and travel costs.
You can find out more about the x-change, see the 2010 yearbook and apply here:
Applications to join the x-change team close on 1st August
If you have any questions, please do get in touch using the email address below.
The British Science Festival 2012 will be in Aberdeen from 4 ??? 9 September! You can now submit a proposal to run an event. We???re looking for a wide variety of events covering a range of topics. To find out more about how to submit a proposal, visit www.britishsciencefestival.org