Activities by Research Group
A non-exhaustive selection of different public engagement activities in DPAG.
Fran Ashcroft has written two popular science books, ‘The Spark of Life’ and ‘Life at the Extremes’. She also regularly gives public lectures and school talks. Her work has attracted attention from the media and she has given numerous radio and press interviews.
Louise Upton took part in a Science Night at Phil and Jim’s Primary School. Neurons made from pipe-cleaners were “extracted” them from the spines of a number of children and used to show them how a sensory neuron and a motor neuron in the spine work. The pupils also looked at models of brains and learned how different regions have different functions.
Anna Veprik conducted an activity in her children's nursery as part of British Science Week. The activity included several fun, scientific experiments which they performed together involving different density liquids. Anna performed the activity twice, in two age groups.
Carolyn Carr has given a talk to school children in Tilehurst entitled Stem cells - where do we find them, why are they there and what can we do with them?
Helen Christian leads a Science parents network which runs science workshops at the primary school that her children attend. She also gives talks in her research area at secondary schools, offers work-experience placements to students from local state schools and leads a workshop in Medicine and Biomedical Science in the UNIQ Summer Schools for state school students.
Stephanie Cragg's hosted a group of Year 12 Biology, Chemistry and Psychology students from Akeley Wood School, Buckingham. The group discussed their research in dopamine transmission and Parkinson's disease through short presentations, tours of the research laboratories and practical demonstrations of fast-scan cyclic voltammetry to monitor dopamine transmission in real-time.
Deborah Goberdhan has the lead role in promoting and highlighting Outreach activities in DPAG. She is particularly interested in encouraging further participation in programmes within the university designed to inspire school children from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply to Oxford. She has been involved in events such as Soapbox Science and has also written a range of articles and blogs targeted at the general public.
Andrew King and music researcher Eric Clarke teamed up with Oxford’s wind quintet OU Like It to demonstrate during the evening session how your ears and brains dance along to music. Part of the Brain Diaries Programme a collaboration between The Oxford University Museum of natural History and Oxford Neuroscience
Collaborating with Micron, the Wellcome Trust funded Advanced Imaging Unit, the groups aim to bring a taste of cutting edge research to the public using a variety of approaches including live biological samples under microscopes, 3D printed models of embryos, innovative digital games etc. They have presented at the Oxford Science festivals (2016 and 2017) as well as at a science festival at the Cheney School. They have also contributed material to the public engagement efforts of other groups in Oxford.
Denis Noble has an Emeritus position within the Department. He has given a wide range of plenary lectures at major international meetings, many of which have been triggered by interest in his book, ‘The Music of Life’.
Paul Riley is a regular attendee at the annual Cheltenham Science Festival in June each year. He has given a number of interviews on the radio and his breakthrough work in adult heart repair has been extensively covered in the press. He has also given a number of public lectures and is involved in fund raising for the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts campaign.