Audience

Festivals and opportunities

Regular public engagement festivals

at the University of Sheffield

Off the Shelf

Sheffield's literary festival. The University hosts a series of ticketed events with academics who have recently published books that may be of interest to a general audience. In addition to the main programme is 'Ideas Alive at 5:45' - a series of free short talks by academics, talking about one of their recent papers.

Off the Shelf logoDate of next festival

October 2017

Frequency

Every year

Applications open

Approximately 6 months before the festival - applicants are usually nominated by Heads of Department or Directors of Research and Innovation.

Eligibility

Open to all researchers. Academics must have published a book, journal article or paper in the twelve months preceding the festival.

Funding and support available

Support from the Public Engagement and Impact team. Venue and AV equipment provided by the festival.

ESRC Festival of Social Science

A national festival coordinated by the ESRC celebrating social science research and examining how it influences our social, economic and political lives. Organised in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University.

Thatcher grafittiDate of next festival

November 2017

Frequency

Every year

Applications open

Approximately 8 months before the festival.

Eligibility

Open to all researchers working in social science and in posts funded by the ESRC.

Funding and support available

Small awards available to support the delivery of an event, exhibition or installation at the festival. Plus support from the central team.

International Clinical Trials Day

An international celebration of clinical research, to commemorate the day that James Lind started his trial on the deadly disease scurvy.

International Clinical Trials DayDate of next festival

May 2018

Frequency

Every year

Applications open

Approximately 6 months before the festival.

Eligibility

Open to all researchers working in medicine, dentistry and health.

Funding and support available

Support from the Public Engagement and Impact team. Venue and AV equipment provided by the festival.

Pint of Science

An international festival coordinated by a central Pint of Science team based in London. Academics present their science to adults in a fun format in the city's pubs.

Pint of Science talkDate of next festival

May 2018

Frequency

Every year

Applications open

Approximately 6 months before the festival.

Eligibility

Open to all researchers working in fields that are relevant to the festival themes. Last year the themes were: 'Atoms to Galaxies', 'Beautiful Mind', 'Planet Earth' and 'Tech Me Out'.

Funding and support available

Support from the Public Engagement and Impact team. Venue and AV equipment provided by the festival.

Doc/Fest

Every year at Doc/Fest the University takes part in a series of special events involving academics and documentary makers.

FilmDate of next festival

June 2018

Frequency

Every year

Applications open

Approximately 8 months before the festival.

Eligibility

Open to all researchers

Funding and support available

Documentary pitching training from Doc/Fest and general support from the Public Engagement and Impact team.

MRC Festival of Medical Research

A national festival organised by the Medical Research Council to showcase the medical research that they fund through events and activities.

MicroscopeDate of next festival

June 2018

Frequency

Every year

Applications open

Approximately 6 months before the festival.

Eligibility

Open to researchers funded by the Medical Research Council.

Funding and support available

Support from the Public Engagement and Impact team. Venue and AV equipment provided by the festival.

Festival of the Mind

The University's flagship public engagement festival. Academics from across all faculties collaborate with creative partners to showcase research and celebrate ideas.

Ida BarrDate of next festival

September 2018

Frequency

Every 2 years

Applications open

Approximately 10 months before the festival.

Eligibility

Open to all researchers. Projects must have a basis in research and involve collaboration between at least one academic and one external creative partner.

Funding and support available

Up to £5,000 to deliver an event, exhibition or installation at the festival. Plus support from the central team and festival infrastructure.

The Mobile University

A dedicated festival for early career researchers and PhD students. A series of short talks presented on a vintage double-decker bus located in the city centre.

Mobile University talkDate of next festival

September 2019

Frequency

Every 2 years

Applications open

Approximately 6 months before the festival.

Eligibility

Open to all PhD candidates and early career researchers.

Funding and support available

Support from the Public Engagement and Impact team. Venue and AV equipment provided by the festival.