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British Science Festival ‘how to’ guides
Guide 3: Preparing your proposal
Anyone can organise an event at the British Science Festival. If you would liketo organise an event as part of the Festival, then you need to complete theproposal form
by the October the year prior to the Festival in question.
We include a whole range of events in the Festival including debates,workshops, plays, films and talks for everyone; schools groups, families, peoplewith an interest in science, scientists and professionals. Depending on thetype of event you would like to hold, it could be included events on theuniversity campus, in venues around the city or in the school programme.For more information about the kind of events that we look for, which part ofthe programme they may fit in to and inspiration for events that you might liketo organise please see our info sheet:
‘What kind of events are we lookingfor?’
.All proposals need to be made on the appropriate proposal form, which canbe found on our websitewww.britishsciencefestival.orgor requested from theFestival team. The deadline is in October prior to the Festival. The specificdate is advertised on the website.
Things you need to think about for your event and proposal
1) Choosing your audience
Firstly you need to decide if the event you are proposing is for the mainprogramme (events for the general public, such as families, people with ageneral interest, those with a specific interest etc) or for the schoolsprogramme (workshops and hands-on activities specifically for school groupsonly).
2: What kind of events are we looking for?’
may help whenchoosing your audience. This will help to choose which form to fill in.
2) Choosing the content
The content of the event
needs to be expressed on the proposal form clearly,in language understandable to a wide audience, and its relevance, noveltyand points of topical interest made clear. Events should be comprehensibleand interesting to a wide audience – this is not ‘dumbing down’; it is skilledcommunication.The Festival is all about science-related issues that are important or potentiallyimportant to people. This is regarded by the British Science Association as ofthe utmost importance. The distinctive feature of the Festival is that it exploresthe social, political or ethical implications of scientific progress, as well aspresenting and discussing new areas of scientific research. These conceptscan be explored in any kind of event.