CSES Needs You!

CSES Needs You!

Career development and volunteering opportunities with CSES

As it enters its centenary season, CSES (Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society) is looking for new volunteers to grow the core team and drive forward its recently launched strategy.

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your career beyond the immediate day job? Perhaps you have some time to spare and would like to spend it supporting a local charity? Or do you enjoy volunteering for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and would like to be more involved?

This is an excellent chance to make a real difference to our community. CSES volunteers actively contribute to, and influence, what goes on locally by representing a respected body and working with a wide range of other organisations, including local government, the education sector and businesses. It is also a chance to grow your network, whether personal or professional.

Remember: any time spent volunteering for CSES counts as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and is a perfect complement – or coda (we know plenty of retired people enjoy this sort of thing!) – to a career in the STEAM or education sectors. We are already affiliated in some way with many local employers – and want to build relationships with more – working with us is good for your progression and employment prospects.

There are three specific areas where we are looking for more people:

Strategic development group

  • Seeking excellent career progression opportunity?
  • Passionate about the ‘big issues’ such as net-zero carbon and use of data / AI?
  • Help us to map out the major issues and bring the right private and public sector partners together to drive change within Essex.

Community partnerships and network

  • Want to make a difference to your local community at grassroots level?
  • Enjoy working with others and/or looking to make new connections?
  • Help us to build a network of similar organisations across Essex to share our resources and give the public wider visibility of events and activities.

Public engagement and educational events

  • Enjoy making things happen and running with new ideas?
  • Can you, for example, put together events, run projects and workshops, produce videos or come up with innovative ways of engaging online?
  • Help us to expand and diversify our programme for schools and for the public to bring science and technology to all.

Read on to find out more about each of these. We are also always looking for people who can help in a more ad hoc capacity with specific projects and events.

If you are at all interested or would like further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Ask Us Anything on Reddit

Ask Us Anything on Reddit

CSES to host Ask Me Anything (AMA) event on 15 March 2021

In an exciting new development for CSES, we will be hosting an Ask Me Anything (AMA) event on Reddit.

If you are not familiar with the AMA format, it is where notable groups and individuals invite the community to ask them any question, which they will do their best to answer in near real-time.

LIVE link to Reddit: https://redd.it/m5i6g5

Click here to find out more.

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Festival Operations Officer opportunity at The British Science Association

The British Science Association is looking to recruit a talented and organised Festival Operations Officer to help us plan and deliver the British Science Festival 2021.

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest-standing science festival which connects people with researchers from across the scientific spectrum.  It offers an inspiring programme of free events to the public over five days, attracting around 15,000 visitors. The talks, workshops and drop-in events span a diverse range of subjects that encompass science in the broadest sense.

Full-time (35 hours per week). Fixed-term contract terminating on 17 September 2021. Preferred start date: 6 April 2021.  

To apply, submit an application here. You will need to provide a CV and a covering letter. The closing date for applications is 23.59, Sunday 7 March 2021. First interviews are likely to take place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 March 2021.

Main Duties:

  • Act as the main logistical point of contact for Festival event organisers/speakers.
  • Support the Events & Festival Operations Manager in building and managing the Festival Masterplan.
  • Recruit, train, and oversee the temporary Festival Assistants. 
  • Lead on Festival accommodation administration. 
  • Oversee the integrity of Festival-related data.
  • Coordinate the administration of the event’s Risk Assessment forms. 
  • Manage staff and goods transport (including staff travel bookings, coaches, parking facilities, supplier delivery details etc.) 
  • Monitor the Festival Inbox along with members of the Engagement Team. 
  • Attend meetings and site visits in Chelmsford in the run-up to the Festival. 
  • Support the Festival on-site event management and delivery as required.
  • Other duties as reasonably required by the line manager.

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STEM Ambassador Programme Launches Online Mentoring Scheme

The STEM Ambassador Programme, in partnership with Brightside charity, is launching a national online mentoring scheme to support young people who are interested in STEM.

Available from end of February to May 2021, the scheme pairs each young person with a STEM Ambassador volunteer who is ready to support them with exploring STEM career options, helping them to feel more confident about their future. The mentoring will take place flexibly, through a moderated messaging system and all STEM Ambassadors are DBS or PVG checked as standard. Register by 7 March.

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Electronic Engineer opportunity at CVC Components

CVC Components

CVC Components Ltd, formally known as The Chelmer Valve Co Ltd, are looking to recruit a new engineer.

Due to the increase of reverse-engineering work undertaken (currently subcontracted out), CVC Components has taken the decision to start a new in-house department.

Start date: ASAP. To apply, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your CV and covering letter.

Main Duties

  • Analysing working and non-working samples, in order to rebuild a working PCB.
  • You must be able to perform functional testing, fault finding, reverse engineering and be able to repair a variety of Electronic PCBs.
  • Record failures and document any repair work undertaken.
  • Hand-assembly, final testing and packing of completed Electronic Systems.
  • Generating test results for in-house records and for accompanying customer deliveries.
  • Generating and amending test documentation as required.
  • Ensuring up-to-date calibration of test equipment.
  • Fault-finding to component level on PCBs.
  • You will be required to conduct basic board-level component training once a month for sales staff.

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CSES Centenary Calendar

CSES Centenary Calendar

Featuring winning entries to our Centenary Photographic Competition

Konica Minolta

As you may know, last year we ran a photographic competition for students, which received some amazing entries.

We are delighted to announce that Konica Minolta very kindly agreed to sponsor a calendar with the shortlisted photographs.

The print version was unfortunately delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we are nonetheless very pleased to offer the calendars for sale now (cost covers postage and packaging).

Download PDF Download a free PDF copy of the calendar here.

Buy Now Click here to get your CSES Centenary Calendar for just £2.50 (minimum donation).

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CSES IMAGINE! Environmental Challenge

CSES Imagine! Environmental Challenge

Today, modern society suffers many forms of pollution, litter in our streets, fumes in our towns and plastic waste in the oceans.

CSES hopes to encourage the young people of Essex to become aware of the (mainly human) activities which result in this pollution and IMAGINE! ways in which the pollution can be reduced or eliminated, or circumventions can be put in place to reduce the risk to the environment or human health.

This first of several challenges invites pupils currently in Years 6 or 7, individually or in teams of up to four (please check Covid tier rules for your area before planning a team venture) to investigate the risks posed to people just by walking to school or through a particular area of their Town Centre.

Please register here if you would like to enter this competition.

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Trust Science: Help Make Essex Covid-Safe, A CSES Imagine! STEAM Competition

Trust Science: Help Make Essex Covid-Safe

A CSES Imagine! STEAM Competition

We are pleased to announce another online competition, hot on the heels of our CSES Imagine! Environmental Challenge and CSES Imagine! Plastic – Friend or Foe?

Vaccination is the only way that we are going to beat COVID-19 and get back to normal. But this only works if over 80% of people are vaccinated.

It is vital that the Covid-19 vaccination message is understood by your family and people who are worried, unsure, resist or reject being vaccinated.

Help us de-bunk myths, lies and fake news about the vaccine! If you are a primary, secondary or home-schooled pupil or student in Essex, CSES is challenging YOU to help beat Covid-19 and make Essex Covid-safe.

Imagine! how you would persuade people to get vaccinated. Design a poster or make your "call to action" Video and get your own message across. You could win a prize! And your video or poster will be published.

The deadline for entry is Friday 4 June 2021. Open to children and school students of all ages.

Read on to find out more about the competition and click here to register.

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CSES Imagine! Plastic - Friend or Foe?

CSES Imagine! Plastic – Friend or Foe?

Imagine! the Future by exploring plastic in our lives!

Many people believe that environmentalism begins and ends at the recycling bin. Simply throwing something away into a large recycling bin is enough to make us feel like we've done our bit.

But the recycling process is much more problematic and recycling plastics is much less straight forward than many of us think. Apart from complying with local rules and regulations, recycling is a business and as such must be profitable. If there is no demand for reprocessed materials, nobody will recycle them and if the recycled product is not good quality, nobody will buy it. Consequently, we consumers play a much more important role than we might imagine!

It is vital that we all play our part to ensure our beauty spots are not destroyed by pollution and our town centres are not clogged up with litter.

This particular challenge is concerned with PLASTIC pollution. Enter the challenge to encourage your friends and family to RECYCLE, increase their involvement with their environment and become part of the CIRCULAR ECONOMY.

Please register here if you would like to enter this competition.

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