Funding for events and meetings

Organise an OUTREACH, Education or Diversity Symposium in 2022

The SEB welcomes proposals for our 2022 Outreach, Education and Diversity symposium.

Deadline: Monday 8th March at 12 am UK (GMT)

Funding of up to £12,500 is available for organising a symposium and full administrative support will be provided by the SEB team. 

Proposals can be submitted separately on any one of the following three themes:

  • Outreach: Science Communication and Public Engagement
  • Higher Education and Experimental Biology
  • Diversity in Academia: Breaking down barriers in science
  • Continued Learning as a Researcher: Career development and research skills

Below we provide an example of topics we are looking for within these themes

Academic Outreach: Science communication and public Engagement 

Within this topic we welcome proposals on effective communication of science to diverse audiences – for example the general public, the media or politicians and policy makers. This provides an opportunity to disseminate the latest tools, evaluation instruments, and activities as well as forging new connections with like-minded researchers.

The following are examples of themes that could explored as part of a symposium on this topic. However this is not an exhaustive list and we also welcome proposals outside of this topic and other themes:

  • How to develop an art and science project
  • Working with young people from low socio-economic backgrounds
  • Social Media Engagement Strategies
  • GM crops in the media
  • Understanding your audience and their interests
  • Giving interviews and engaging with the media
  • Science Policy: How to effectively engage in political discourse


Diversity in Academia: Breaking down barriers in science 

 

This topic will be looking at challenges encountered and solutions that can be adopted in the field of experimental biology to ensure an inclusive culture, and diverse workforce that better reflects the makeup of society as a whole.

We aim to bring together academic scientists, researchers scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of diversity and inclusion.

The following are examples of themes that could explored as part of a symposium on this topic. However, this is not an exhaustive list and we also welcome proposals outside of this topic and other themes:

  • Understanding the barriers to pursuing a career in experimental biology
  • Creating an inclusive research culture
  • Bias in peer review and publishing
  • Networks and support available for LGBTQI+
  • Inspiring women in Biology
  • Racism in science and practical actions for individuals, labs, and institutes


Higher education and experimental biology

 

This topic aims to bring together educators and researchers in the field of experimental biology to share knowledge, ideas and best practice for university level teaching and learning.

The following are examples of themes that could explored as part of a symposium on this topic. However, this is not an exhaustive list and we also welcome proposals outside of these topic and other themes:

  • How to ensure a smooth transition from A-level to higher education
  • Undergraduate practical’s: How to best prepare students for independent research
  • Hybrid teaching post COVID and making use of technology
  • How to use your research experience in your teaching
  • Managing the balance between teaching and research
  • Becoming a great PhD supervisor

Continued Learning as a Researcher: Career Development and Research Skills  

Areas that could be explored within this topic include sharing specific skilled required for researchers such as experimental methods, lab skills, and bioinformatics. It could also focus on career building and professional development such as leadership skills, grant writing, and science communication.

HOW To Apply

To apply please complete the Symposium Proposal Form and return it by email to proposals@sebiology.org no later than midnight GMT on the advertised deadline date.

The proposal will then be forwarded to the Outreach, Education and Diversity Manager and Trustees for review.  

Terms and Conditions

If your proposal is accepted, a number of Terms and Conditions apply including:

  • You will need to work collaboratively with the SEB in organising the meeting as follows:
  • - You will be the scientific organiser of the meeting and therefore you will be responsible for organising the scientific programme
    - the SEB will be responsible for organising the logistics of the meeting including: managing  abstract submission, registrations, advertising and publicity, budget management.
  • We have regulations on what our funding can and can’t cover.
  • After the meeting you must also send us a report on the conference

Read the full Terms and Conditions. These are also attached to the application form.

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