What is Speakezee?
Speakezee is a new platform which brings together event organisers and academic speakers.
At its heart is the desire to help more academics engage with the public and to make it easier for organisers to find relevant experts to talk at their event, whatever the size.

Academics at all levels recognize that public engagement is an essential part of their role in professional development and demonstrating pathways to impact for research evaluation. Speakezee will generate records of invitations and feedback to provide evidence for that evaluation.

It also allows academics to advertise their specialist talks to other academics who organise departmental seminars and provides a simple synopsis of colleagues with examples of their research interests.

Anyone can Speakezee!
Pop-up speaking events are appearing around the world in venues like cafes, pubs, schools and social clubs. Now, anyone can organise a speaking event and find experts to talk on specific subjects.

Speakezee helps uncover the experts with the right background for speaking events as well as a providing simple search function for academics who are best qualified to comment on specialist issues for the media.

How does it work?
Speakers create a simple profile which focuses on subject expertise and speaking experience. The more complete the speaker profile, the more likely you will be contacted by an organiser.

Event organisers can find and shortlist speakers using a quick and simple search. Once an organiser has found the perfect speakers they can contact them directly to discuss speaking at their event.

The best profiles will include videos of previous talks and evidence of the expertise within the speakers subject area.

What’s next for the project?
Speakezee is brand new and only in its first phase. We plan on releasing new features in the near future, making it more useful for a wider audience and building the ideal platform for speaking events across the world.

Who is behind the project?
Speakezee.org was conceived and created by Bruce Hood, professor, author and former Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer 2011.


Deadline: AHRC Digital Transformations

The AHRC is pleased to invite proposals for projects to this Digital Transformations Small Grants Call.

This is an open call and applications may be submitted from any eligible Research Organisation, or AHRC recognised Independent Research Organisation. There is no limit to the number of proposals that can be submitted by each Research Organisation.

This call is run through the Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities Theme. Further information about the Theme can be found in Appendix B of this document. Proposals must both complement and add value to the core aims of the theme.

Funding for projects up to a value of £50k is available on a fEC basis under this call, with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC if successful. Awards should last for a maximum duration of  12 months, and will be expected to start between 1 April 2015 and 30 September 2015.​

Deadline: 27th November 2014

AAH Initiatives Fund

Funding available to support activities or research projects in the UK which promote and develop teaching, learning and widening participation in art history.

The Association of Art Historians (AAH), formed in 1974, is a charitable organisation which aims to support and promote the study and development of art history. It represents the interests of those involved in all aspects of the discipline in a professional and/or research capacity and runs services and resources such as events, publications, funding, and networks. It also plays a role in shaping and securing the future of the discipline.

The AAH Initiatives Fund’s purpose is to support activities or research projects which promote and develop teaching, learning and widening participation in art history. The types of activities supported can include conferences, workshops, discussion fora and online publication.

The scheme is open to both individual and institutional members of the Association with proposals for activities or events which contribute to teaching, learning and widening participation in art history.

Awards of up to £500 can be made. These can cover specific aspects of the activity or event such as:

  • Catering.
  • Room hire.
  • Keynote fees.
  • Travel and subsistence costs.
  • Editorial expenses.

Information taken from: Idox/Grantfinder

Further info available at: http://www.aah.org.uk/funding/initiatives-fund

The Leverhulme Trust

Leverhulme-Trust1Research Fellowships

Offering up to £50,000 over three to twenty-four months for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline.

Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Applications are considered in all subject areas with the exception of research that is of direct relevance to clinicians, medical professionals and/or the pharmaceutical industry. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.

Deadline: Nov 6th 2014

AHRC: Researcher Toolkit

ahrc_logoResearcher Toolkit: Working with the Media for Arts and Humanities Researchers

“This guide aims to give an introduction to the ways in which arts and humanities researchers can engage with the media. The need to demonstrate the value of publicly-funded research is growing all the time and public support is crucial to long-term investment.

The media has a huge need to find interesting, unusual and ‘human’ stories and almost any research subject in the arts and humanities will be of interest to people outside of academia and therefore to the media.

Arts and humanities research touches the lives of all of us and in ways that we sometimes don’t always recognise. The challenge is to showcase the subject or the results of your research in such a way that those aspects of your work which might resonate beyond academia are brought to the fore and presented in ways that are understandable to a broader audience” (AHRC, 2014).

Full article and toolkit: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/Media-Centre/Documents/Toolkit%20-%20Working%20with%20the%20Media%20for%20Arts%20and%20Humanities%20Researchers.pdf