Could your idea communicate science to the world?

Manchester is the current European City of Science – and its organisers want you to help find an exciting and innovative way to communicate science to a mass, global audience.

One way of doing this is through a ‘citizen science’ project – in other words a project where people can get involved in a piece of real science happening right here in Manchester.

Organisers and The University of Manchester are working with the BBC to develop this – and want to hear your ideas.

Here are some examples of similar projects:

The winning idea will be fully supported, developed and launched through the European City of Science delivery partners, The University of Manchester, Manchester City Council, Marketing Manchester – alongside the BBC.

Some things to consider:

  • The subject should be grounded in real science with academically publishable outcomes
  • Look to link your idea to Manchester’s cultural strengths
  • It should have mass appeal and be open to all no matter what their age or gender
  • An international angle would be great to encourage participation from across the globe
  • It should use digital ways of collecting data / taking part
  • It should be quick and easy to get involved
  • The experience should be fun
  • It should be media-worthy and appeal mass and diverse media
  • Outcomes can be easily monitored and evaluated

Closing date and announcement

Closing date for proposals: Friday, 12 June 2015.

Announcement of shortlist to entrants: Tuesday, 30 June 2015.

A panel of judges experienced in public engagement will make the final choice. The ESOF team reserve the right to negotiate with applicants to ensure that the selected entry fully meets the criteria.

How to submit your idea

To submit your idea, please save and complete this form:

Email the completed form to:

You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.

Multiple submissions are allowed if you have more than one idea – please use one form per idea.