GSE Opportunities: Civil Service Live 2018, British Science Week & 100 years of suffrage

This blog post is a collection of vacancies, events and learning and development opportunities for people working in Government Science and Engineering.

Civil Service Live 2018 — Get involved with GSE!

Several Civil Service Live events will be taking place around the country in June & July 2018, and there are opportunities for GSE members to join in. The dates and locations are as follows:

  • Glasgow SECC Thursday 7 June
  • Birmingham NEC Wednesday 13 June
  • Blackpool Winter Gardens Wednesday 27 June
  • Cardiff City Hall Thursday 5 July
  • Newcastle St James’ Park Thursday 12 July
  • London QEII Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 July

GSE will be leading a session entitled “Career development and pathways across the profession,” and we would like you as GSE members to get involved. You could share you career stories at the session, or volunteer to help on the GSE Exhibition Stand.

Please contact the GSE team at if you’re interested in volunteering.

GSE is supporting 100 years of suffrage

The GSE profession is supporting the official centenary of suffrage campaign throughout 2018. The Suffrage Flag Relay, organised by the Civil Service, is currently underway, and will be travelling around the UK to government departments and agencies that are hosting wider events and discussions on gender equality.

If your organisation is interested in hosting the UK women’s suffrage flag as it tours the UK, please contact us. You can get involved in events near you – listed on the official website. There is also £1.5 million available for local and community groups across England to run centenary events, which you can apply for here.

There will be further opportunities to get involved throughout the year, so watch this space.

British Science Week, 9-18 March — Blogs wanted

Here’s a chance to get your writing on the GSE blog!

The British Science Week is a 10-day programme featuring thousands of events taking place across the whole of the UK, and we want GSE members to get involved and share their experiences with us. You can find events going on near you via this website.

If you are planning on running an event, and would like to write about this then please drop an email to, letting us know the details and what you’d like to include.

GSE Futures & Foresight training, 1 March London

There are still a few spaces left on the GSE Futures & Foresight training session. Learn about how futures techniques such as horizon scanning and road-mapping, could help to inform your work and policy making. The day will be interactive and give hands-on experience of several of the techniques in the Futures Toolkit.

Sign up for the full day training event via Eventbrite.

GSE Unconscious Bias Training, 22 March London

This half-day workshop will introduce the techniques for challenging, preventing and removing issues of unconscious bias in the workplace. These will help you to develop strategies for overcoming your own bias and that of your colleagues.

Contact the GSE at team if you are interested in attending.

Independent Panel Members for Performance Moderation Boards, April London

The Fast Stream Team is currently planning the Spring 2018 round of Specialist Fast Stream Moderations and we’re currently looking for members of the GSE community to act as independents (IPMs) for each panel.

The Science and Engineering Panels are being held at CSHR’s offices at Bush House, Strand on:

- 17/04: 1330 - 1500

- 24/04: 1300 - 1430

- 26/04: 1300 - 1530

IPMs would need to be Grade 7 or above, and will be provided with a full brief on what the role entails beforehand, along with the evidence they'll need to read in advance.

If you would be interested in volunteering please contact Amanda Charles

BEIS Local Energy guest speakers, 1 March London

If you’re interested in how businesses can be better for the environment, come along to a talk by Sam Nicholson, who leads the Low Carbon work at Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub. He’ll be highlighting the impacts of their activities over time, and outlining the findings from various research they have undertaken.

With an estimated £376m savings for local businesses, the creation or safeguarding of over 8,000 jobs, and reduction of carbon emissions by over 1.5m tonnes, it’s impressive work. Come and find out how they did it!

The event will take place 1st March, 12:30 – 13:30, at Victoria Street conference centre, London.

Numbers are limited to around 30 people. Please contact if you would like to attend.​

Science and Policy Training Event, 7 March Bristol

Are you interested in the interface between science and policy? Are you keen to build a career in this area? An excellent Learning and Development opportunity around science and policy will be taking place at Bristol University on 7 March.

The university is hosting a Science and Policy afternoon focusing on the Defra policy area. Speakers at the event will hail from, among others, Parliamentary Staff, Green Alliance and Defra.

This is an opportunity for you to build networks in the academic community.

If you’re interested in attending or to find out more please contact the GSE team at

Big Bang Fair, 14-17 March Birmingham

The Big Bang Fair is returning to Birmingham in 2018, after an incredible 70,000 people attended last year’s event. The Fair is described as the “largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK,” and features theatre shows, workshops, exhibits and careers information.

The event is almost sold out, but free tickets are still available for the final day, Saturday 17 March. Get there quick!

You can also sign up to volunteer to help out at the Fair, by signing up here or by sending an email to

Regional Big Bang events will also be taking place across the country later in the year. You can find out more about these here.

Introduction to Satellite Applications training

On behalf of the UK Space Agency, the Space for Smarter Government Programme are offering a free, day-long, expert-led course to all public sector workers. The training provides an introduction to satellite technologies, their applications and how they can be used to: save money, deliver innovative services, and enable more effective policy decisions.

Dates of upcoming courses are listed below.

  • February 22nd, Harwell Science Campus
  • March 8th, Harwell Science Campus
  • Scottish Government Event, date (before end of March tbc), Scottish location (tbc)

For more information check the UKSA website.

To register your interest in attending this course and for queries please email with “ISAPS” in the subject.

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