As part of the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement programme to foster new partnerships, four awards of up to £2000 each were available to develop public engagement activities during the Manchester Science Festival 2010. These awards aimed to make science inspirational, accessible and relevant to local communities and to develop cooperative networks or collaborative partnerships to deliver the activity.
Community partners and scientists were invited to send in expressions of interest for new ideas ahead of an ideas workshop and networking event hosted by the Manchester Science Festival to help develop ideas and links between scientists and community partners.
New Community-University partnerships had the opportunity to submit a proposal to put on events and activities at the Manchestr Science Festival to support the aims of the Awards. Applicants were supported by the Beacon officer at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) ahead of the final submission date.
An independent panel chose the successful partnership projects. The successful projects were helped to develop their activities by the Beacon officer who hosted three learning and support meetings for partners to share resources, connect and resolve issues.
After the Festival, a dissemination event was held at the Annual Beacon summit to celebrate and share the lessons learns from these projects.
See the Case study for more details available in as an associated publication below.