The ten participating organisations will be selected by a selection panel, made up of the following:
Dr Nick Winterbotham, Chairman of the STFC Project Management Board
Dr Penny Fidler, ASDC CEO and Project Director
Dr Michaela Livingstone, ASDC Project Manager
A senior member of STFC staff, from the STFC science and society group
Dr Teresa Anderson, CEO of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and Chair of the Programme's science and engagement panel
Dr Helen Featherstone, Project Manager (Public Engagement), University of Exeter
Conference Call for Bidders
ASDC will hold a conference call at 2pm on 16th August 2012 to answer any questions from all potential bidders in an open manner.
Criteria for selection of the 10 partner organisations
Your organisation is a 2012 member of ASDC
You have experience of, or strong willingness to learn, about the latest in the physical sciences, including space science, particle physics and other areas of STFC science.
You have the ability and desire to embed the new workshops into your existing schools programme, and to continue to run these workshops into the future.
You have the ability and desire to embed the new workshops into your existing public programme, and to continue to run these workshops into the future.
You have strong links to local schools and teachers, and currently run curriculum-linked workshops.
Your organisation already runs science shows for the public and for families.
Your organisation has links with members of your local university, and you are looking to develop links with scientists.
You have the ability to deliver to at least 900 school students and 2000 visitors in family groups between January 2013 and November 15th 2013.
You have a marketing professional in place to promote the schools and public workshops as you feel are appropriate.
You have the desire to build new relationships with scientists and engineers linked to STFC science, including those at the UK particle accelerator facilities and CERN, UK space science based here and abroad for example at the major telescopes and research facilities worldwide.
You have the desire to use social media to connect with schools, partners and scientists on the project.
You have the ability to reach very large audiences, either in terms of school visitor numbers, or family groups and public audiences.
You have experience of running 'meet the expert' sessions and facilitating discussion between the public and research scientists.
You are willing to participate in learning and collaboration via the web, for example webinars, live link-ups, submitting videos, and blogging.