General public engagement opportunities

by | Feb 11, 2022

There are lots of local and national events to get involved in and even some global opportunities.

LIVE with Scientists

We are passionate scientists from The University of Manchester who want to make a difference in the way we communicate science.

LIVE with Scientists is an initiative devoted to providing equal access to science for everyone. It is an online platform for hosting and archiving LIVE science talks and interview and publishing podcasts and blogs on scientific topics that are most relevant to the public.

You can take part in delivering talks or join the organising team.

Find out more about LIVE with Scientists.


Hosted by the Faculty of Science and Engineering, this free, interactive festival of exploration and experiments is a great chance to discover the fun behind science and engineering.

ScienceX is hosted annually over a weekend at intu Trafford Centre, showing that you can explore and experience science everywhere! From robots, and racing cars, to flight simulators and future materials, this hands-on event has something for everyone – from the very young to the young at heart.

Look out for annual calls for applications of interest.

Find out more about ScienceX.

Pint of Science

The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – mainly across bars and pubs.

We want to provide a platform, which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out and no prior knowledge of the subject is required.

It is run by a group of postgrad volunteers in local regions and you can get involved with the festival as either an organiser or presenter.

Look out for annual calls for applications of interest.

Find out more about Pint of Science.

Science Grrl

Science Grrl shows the real female face of science in Britain, helping to inform STEM policy at a national level and with practical local initiatives.

Most of our members are women who are working scientists, but we also have plenty of non-scientists and men on board – you don’t have to be a science girl to be a ScienceGrrl!

Follow @Science_Grrl on Twitter or Facebook to connect.

Global Science Show

Hosted each month on Twitter, this virtual science festival is an opportunity for scientists and science communicators across the globe to come together and share their work, their favourite demo, or something new they have been trying out.  

You get a 10-minute slot during which you post your content to Twitter. You can post videos, images, GIFs, threads or links to external resources.

You signpost to the next presenter to create a chain of science around the globe.

Find out more about the Global Science Show.

Brightclub Manchester

Bright Club Manchester is the comedy club where researchers, from all fields and backgrounds, take to the stage to perform short stand-up comedy routines about their work. Why? Because it’s fun, interesting, and genuinely useful.

Most performers have no experience of doing stand-up comedy, or haven’t even considered it before, but that does not matter, because training and support is provided, and a transformation occurs.

Find out more about Brightclub Manchester.

STEM for Britain

Calling all early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians – take your research to Westminster!

Organised by the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee, the annual STEM for Britain competition awards prizes for posters presented in each discipline which best communicates high-level science, engineering or mathematics to a lay audience.

Find out more about STEM for Britain.

The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.

Our team of professional editors work with university and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.

Find out more about The Conversation.


SciBar is simply science in a bar – every month, a different scientist leads a discussion about their research.

This isn’t a lecture; it’s a short (30 minutes) talk between the scientist and the audience, then a discussion usually follows until the questions are exhausted or people feel like they want their dinner and go home.

SciBars are hosted in Knutsford, Macclesfield, Didsbury and Bollington.