The British Academy Summer Showcase 2021: call for proposals

We are delighted to announce the call for applications for the British Academy Summer Showcase 2021.

Our free festival of ideas for curious minds celebrates the ground-breaking research shaping our world. While live events have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy is hopeful for a phased return to in-person activities in Summer 2021.

With this in mind, the 2021 Summer Showcase will run from 14-19 June, with online events taking place 14-17 June and a smaller scale in-person festival featuring interactive exhibits on 18-19 June (guided tours of the exhibits on the evening of 17 June will serve as an exclusive private view for a VIP audience).

We are looking for around 10 interactive exhibits, which will be given a space in the British Academy’s building during the festival run. And we are also looking for creative proposals for online events, which will take place in the week leading up to the festival (14-17 June); we expect to include up to 10 events in the online programme. All exhibits and online events will be based on research funded by the British Academy (or the British International Research Institutes).

Regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in next June, we are confident about staging a memorable occasion, to showcase the humanities and social sciences and the brightest minds working across these disciplines.

The British Academy Summer Showcase 2019

Why should you apply?

  • Share your research with different audiences, including students and lifelong learners. And inspire the next generation. In 2019, 38% of our visitors were under 35. The Summer Showcase is therefore ideal for reaching a younger audience.
  • Raise your profile. The showcase will be promoted widely through digital channels and in the national media, reaching 1000s of people.
  • Get public opinions. Find out what people think about your research and gain valuable feedback to feed into your work. We also share with you the results of our public evaluation, making it easy to see your immediate impact.
  • Our help at every stage. Using our experience, we help and advise you from start to finish, as well as support you with public engagement training, which is available to all exhibitors.

About you

We are searching for fun and innovative ways to communicate research to the public, either in-person or online, created by inspiring academics who are passionate and enthusiastic about sharing their research. The call is open to current award holders (funded by the British Academy or the British International Research Institutes) whose work is sufficiently advanced, or past award holders still in the process of disseminating their research findings.

Application deadline: Wednesday 25 November 2020

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