Opportunities for Public Engagement
current outreach opportunities
- Opportunity to be part of Full STEAM Ahead: Harwell Family Fun Day 9th June 2018 - Bright Sparks Science are organising a family fun day on Saturday 9th June 2018 on the sports field in the centre of Harwell Campus, and they are looking for science based stands / activities. If you are interested in taking part, contact Jen Hughes.
- Opportunity to be part of the events programme for “Bacterial World” - The next contemporary science exhibition at the Museum of Natural History will be Bacterial World, which is opening in October. There is an opportunity to put forward ideas for events as part of the public programming that runs alongside the exhibition. Deadline to submit ideas is Thursday 31st May 2018. If you have any questions, do get in touch!
- New Scientist Live - Happening between 9th and 23rd September 2018, New Scientist Live is an award-winning festival of ideas and discoveries for everyone curious about science and why it matters. The event will enable 140 speakers and 100 exhibitors to engage the public through thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances. The team are keen to support researchers to participate, and to provide opportunities for them to involve some of their priority audiences.
Science Evening - Two Year 5 pupils at SS Philip and James Primary School, are hosting a Science Evening on Wednesday 20th June 2018 from 6-8pm at their school. Their aim is to encourage children and their parents to engage with STEM. They are looking for volunteers to run activities at the Science Evening linked to any aspect of Science and thus are wondering if you would like to contribute to this project by running a stall, doing an activity, or doing a talk on the evening. If you are interested, please contact Zoe Banfield (Assistant Head).
- Call for bloggers and social media officers! - The British Science Association is a well established public engagement charity and its Oxford Branch is looking for volunteers to cover the following roles: 1) a designer, to create our advertising posters, once a month; 2) a social media officer, to post on our social media pages (fb and twitter) at least once a day; 3) a blogger, to write about exciting science news on our website, whenever you feel like! This is great fun and a good CV boosting occasion! Email Mariangela (Committee Chair) if interested!
- Headington Festival 2018 - Headington Festival is an annual event organised by Headington Action, a voluntary organisation with charitable status, whose sole aim is to benefit the community of Headington. The main purpose of the festival is to bring the community together over a two day event: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018. The festival provides a great opportunity for you, as researchers, to demonstrate the important and world-influencing work that takes place in Oxford, and to make it accessible to your neighbours in Headington. The cost to take part is only £20.
- NCCPE Community-Universtity Partnerships Initiative - Are you looking to build new partnerships? Universities and community organisations based near Birmingham and London are invited to the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) upcoming match events, aimed at building and seed-funding beneficial research collaborations.
- Outreach for Oxford University Licensing - Oxford Limited, who run the University’s brand licensing programme, have recently acquired some science products, which they are looking for researchers to review as well as add value for an educational perspective with additional scientific explanation. They have one telescope, two microscopes, and a planetarium. The work should not be too time-consuming and will be paid. If you are interested in helping out, then get in touch with Naomi Gibson, the Divisional Public Engagement Officer.
- Hair Science - IF (formerly Oxfordshire Science Festival) are interesting in developing an event for their next festival, happening 11th – 22nd October 2018, in a hair salon, looking at things such as: genetics of hair types and colours; the chemistry of hair products / treatments (e.g. colouring, perming, straightening, shampoos, conditioners etc.) and what they do to hair; hair loss / conditions that lead to changes in hair growth. If you or any researchers you know work in this area and would be interested in getting involved, then get in touch with Naomi Gibson, the Divisional Public Engagement Officer.
- Being Human Festival 2018 - Call for Applications for Being Human 2018 is now live. Although primarily a festival of humanities research, they are very interested in topics at the intersection between humanities and other subjects. This year the festival is running from 15th to 24th November and the theme is Origins and Endings.
- in2Science UK - Calling all PhD students, postdocs, PIs and technicians! in2ScienceUK is looking for researchers to get involved and host a disadvantaged Year 12 student for 1 to 2 weeks during the summer. Placements are simple to organise: you choose the dates and they select the student for you. To get an insight into the placement, read the experiences of students who were hosted in the MRC BNDU labs last year. If you think you might be interested, please contact Daniella Thibodeau.
- IF Festival - The new IF Festival (formerly Oxfordshire Science Festival) will be taking place 11th - 22nd October this year. Call for expressions of interest and participation is now open, with a deadline of Monday 30th April 2018. The expression of interest form can be found on their website.
- Pitt Rivers Museum (PRM) - Jozie Kettle (PRM Public Engagement with Research Officer) is keen to develop new collaborations with colleagues from across the University. If you have not worked with the Pitt Rivers before, now is the time to find out how they can support you. All disciplines welcome.
- Board Game Cafe - Sean Elias (NDM) has been awarded funding from the University's Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund to develop a series of Board Game Cafe events, where members of the public can come and play short, themed board games, each hosted by a different researcher who uses the game to highlight their academic research. If you are interested in joining the team please contact Sean Elias.
ongoing outreach opportunities
Within the University:
- The Museum of Natural History - Get involved with exhibitions and regular events at the museum. Contact Carly Smith-Huggins for more information.
- The Conversation - The University of Oxford is a member of The Conversation, an online source of thought-provoking articles written by researchers and academics for the public in the UK and globally. If you would like an opportunity to raise the profile of your research, or simply to improve your writing and public engagement skills, you can pitch articles to The Conversation.
- TORCH - The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, offering opportunities for medical humanities interdisciplinary collaborations. Contact Victoria McGuinness for more information.
- Oxplore - An innovative new digital outreach portal from the University that aims to engage 11-18 year olds with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in school. As an academic or researcher you can get involved by building new material for the website, but it is also a point of contact for outreach contributions, since they are already connected with lots of schools, particularly those in hard to reach areas.
Other events and activities:
- Oxfordshire Science Festival - Annual event to engage audiences with research in Oxford.
- Soap Box Science - Public outreach platform for promoting female scientists and their work.
- Bright Club - Organises collaborative events between comedians and researchers.
- FameLab - Science communication competition organised by the Cheltenham Science Festival and British Council.
- Pint of Science - Informal talks from researchers organised in pubs.
- I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here - Free online event for school students to meet and interact with scientists.
- Science Cabaret - Informal talks in bars, cafes and other public venues.