News in Brief
7 October 2011
Are you the new voice of science communication?
The search is on for the new voices of science communication as part of the UK’s biggest competition to find talented new science communicators.
Set up in 2005, FameLab is now an international competition designed to inspire scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public.
Competitions are held in more than 15 different countries and this year, the Beacon for Wales is hosting one of six autumn regional heats of FameLab. The Cardiff event will take place in Chapter Arts Centre on 12 November 2011.
If you’re currently working in or studying science in the UK, and think you can explain a science, engineering or maths concept in an engaging way to non-scientists in just three minutes, the Beacon Team would like to hear from you.
The winner of the regional heats will get the chance to take part in a weekend Masterclass with Professor of Science and Society and Science communication, Kathy Sykes, and experienced trainer, specialising in media & communication skills, Malcolm Love. They’ll then compete for the title of FameLab champion at the National Final on 21 March 2012 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain where they will have the chance to take home £1,750 to further their career.
We're pleased to announce a range of mobile services for the new term, available to both students and staff. If you have an Android, Blackberry or iPhone/iPad, you can now get maps, contacts, links, news, modules and more, as well as the ability to find available computers in libraries across the campus. Our core services also work on other handsets platforms.
The Cardiff University App is FREE and available to download now. Visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/mobile
Have your say on artwork locations
A selection of artwork donated by The Contemporary Art Society for Wales (CASW) will be on display in the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences on Wednesday 19th October.
At the event on the 19th October, colleagues will be able to view these works and submit proposals for where in the University individual pictures might best be displayed for the longer term. The idea is to be the first event to enhance the appearance of public spaces throughout the University through original artworks, and to encourage an interest on the part of staff, students and visitors in artists connected with Wales.
The exhibition will also include a particularly important work by Brendan Stuart Burns, whose studio is in Cardiff. “Gleam”, which is based on Brendan’s explorations of the Pembrokeshire coastline, will in due course be installed in the new Hadyn Ellis Building. In the interim it will be on show in the Optometry foyer alongside other pictures acquired by Cardiff from CASW this year.
The event starts at 4.00pm in the atrium of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences and is open to staff and students. No booking is necessary but further information is available from Professor Tim Wess at WessTJ@cardiff.ac.uk.