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Jul 25 2014

Royal Society: Summer Science Exhibition proposals

A unique opportunity to showcase your research at the UK’s most prestigious science exhibition. The call for proposals for the expanded 2015 Summer Science Exhibition is now open.

Each year over 10,000 members of the public and 2,000 school students visit the Summer Science Exhibition. Many more are reached through coverage on TV, in the media and online.

The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to raise the profile of your research and institution with key influencers, including potential funders, government and the public.

What does the exhibitor do?

Exhibitors are responsible for designing their exhibition stand. The exhibit should be engaging for a non-scientific visitor and include associated interactive activities. Most exhibits are a standard size of 3m x 3m, or 4m x 2m.

Representatives of each exhibit should attend the Planning Day at the Society in late January. At this event the Society provides guidance on designing exhibits and gives a guided tour of the exhibition space. Some exhibitors from the previous year also attend.

Exhibitors are expected to approach their own institution, research council or other relevant bodies to fund the costs associated with exhibiting. The Society can give advice about funding and can provide post-exhibition evaluation data which is often required by funding bodies. A very limited ‘hardship fund’ is available for exhibitors to apply for additional funds.

Exhibitors may wish to jointly submit proposals with their collaborators and other research groups. You may also recruit undergraduates and students to build your exhibit team.

At least four members of the exhibition team should be in attendance during the public opening times for the exhibition and at the two additional evening events. We recommend having at least 8 members of staff to man each stand per day. Visitors expect to interact with the scientists behind the research and to ask them questions about their work.

After the exhibition, the exhibitors may consider presenting the exhibit elsewhere, such as local science centres or science museums, local visitor attractions or public venues, local secondary school fairs or open days at research institutions.

Deadline: 22 September 2014

For full details please visit The Royal Society website

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