Upcoming events and competitions

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The BSA’s SCI-CAST competition: a chance to be a journalist for the day! 

This event has now SOLD OUT (sorry but we’ll be running again in 2019)

Calling all 6th form and college STEM teachers in and around Greater Manchester: do your students have a passion for science and a flair for the dramatic?

The BSA are offering sixth-form and college-level students in Greater Manchester the chance to take part in our new ‘SCI-CAST’ competition. This day-long workshop will task your students to use their creative flare to make an engaging one minute video on the topic of a recent scientific discovery or invention as a segment for a news program, including an interview with a researcher from The University of Manchester.

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Students will be invited to attend our competition day workshop on the 19th of June at the University’s historic Sackville Street Building, where teams will be assigned a topic and interviewee (a researcher from the university who will spend a day with them). The day will be packed with media training and presentations from university academics, students will also be provided with all the necessary equipment and time to record and edit their 1 minute news segment on the day. Prizes will be awarded for the best videos.

We’re certain this  will be an exciting and educational day for everyone involved and are excited to see what the students create!

***This event has now SOLD OUT (sorry but we’ll be running again in 2019)***

For extra information see our FAQ’s below:

When and Where?
The competition day will take place on Tuesday 19th June in the Great
Hall of the Sackville Street Building at the University of Manchester
(M1 3BU). The building is in the city centre and is well placed for
local transport links including Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations.

How many students can I bring?
We are allowing one team from each college/school at the moment. We are
not strict on numbers but we recommend teams of around 6 students.

How will they make the video?
If students have phones with video/camera function, they can use them to
record their video. If they do not have access to one then we can
provide some digital recording equipment for the day. We’ll also provide
laptops with simple video editing software for editing their videos, and
tutorials on how to do this.

Will there be lunch provided?
Yes the event will be catered. We’ll be asking you about your students’
dietary requirements before the day.

Will there be any costs for the event?
There will be no costs. Reimbursement for reasonable transport costs can
also be provided if your students are making their own way there.


Past events.


When life gives you lemons, trade them in for mind enhancing drugs and you’ll soon find that the sky’s the limit!

Join us for a screening of the 2011 hit thriller Limitless, followed by an exploration of the real life science behind the movie cameras with academics from Manchester’s Universities

Free entry and Popcorn!

Get your Tickets here.


Science Journalism Competition 2017

The Manchester BSA are reviving their Science Journalism Competition with a few fresh ideas for students in 2017!


Here at the Manchester Branch of the British Science Association we recognise that the public gain most of their understanding of scientific advancement through news reports and we want to help the next generation of scientists and communicators successfully navigate the world of science in the media. So, we are launching a competition for AS/A-level students across Greater Manchester, offering them the opportunity to try their hand at some real life science journalism. Students will have the opportunity to attend a day-long mock press conference at Manchester University, where they will meet a range of academics, hear about their work and interview them, before submitting their own lay science article for judging. One Winner will receive a £50 Amazon voucher while two runner-up articles will receive £25 vouchers and all winning entries will be published online on a popular science blog! – for more details and to sign up see here.

*** Update***

Congratulations to all our entrants – it was a really hard choice but our winners are:

Rose Linihan – overall winner: https://manchesterscience.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/the-nuclear-waste-war/

Greta Horvathova – Runner up: https://manchesterscience.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/a-hunt-on-exploding-casserole-dishes/

Maram Razouki – Runner up: https://manchesterscience.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/digging-deeper/


Catch the Buzz with the British Science association and Fun palaces on the 1st of October 2-4pm at the Old Parsonage in Didsbury:











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