Opportunities for Public Engagement
current outreach opportunitieS
- Oxford Hands-On Science Summer Roadshow 2019 - From 24 June - 13 July, the Oxford Hands-On Society will visit schools to get kids excited about science with fun and interactive experiments. They're looking for more volunteers, which could be a greater 'starter' PE activity for a researcher or student. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested!
- Falling Walls: Become the science engager of the year 2019 - Submissions from any field of science engagement, communication, outreach, education - large or small - are welcome. The most impactful, novel, and cost-effective projects will be invited to the Berlin Falling Walls conference (travel and accommodation costs will be covered). Application deadline is 30 June 2019. Find out more here
- Cowley Road Carnival Science Zone - 7 July 2019 - seeking expressions of interest for stalls - The theme is 'Space is the Place'
- PER Leadership Scheme - For researchers and academics to take on a leadership role in a culture change project within their departments to enhance support for Public Engagement with Research. Up to eight researchers will be offered the opportunity to take part (August 2019 - July 2020) with up to £5k each of funding, and they will take part in a programme of sessions and events. Closing Date: Thursday 25 July 2019 at 5pm.
- Interact 2019 - An Engagement Symposium for the Physical and Life Sciences - 4 September 2019 - Are you a physical or life scientist or do you engage with STFC or use STFC facilities and do outreach, public engagement and science communication? If so then the Interact symposium is for you! Find out more and register here.
- Biology Week - 5 - 13 October 2019 - showcases the important and amazing world of the biosciences, getting everyone from children to professional biologists involved in fun and interesting life science activities.
- New Scientist Live - 10 - 13 October 2019 - Do you have an amazing talk, performance or workshop that you would like included in the New Scientist Live 2019 programme? Submit your proposal here.
- Being Human 2019 - 14 - 23 November 2019 - This year the theme is 'Discoveries and Secrets'. The call for applications and funding is open now.
Public Engagement with Research: Board Game Café - Looking for scientists and board game enthusiasts who are keen to develop their own games or adapt existing commercially available games to help showcase their research. If interested contact email@example.com. You can also check their website and Twitter feed @BoardGamesPER for an overview of games and previous events.
ongoing outreach opportunities
Within the University:
The Forum - a new termly series of events for Oxford's research community to explore and debate Public Engagement with Research practice and policy and provide opportunities for sharing learning and networking.
- The Museum of Natural History - ScienceSaturdays and SuperScienceSaturdays enables families to explore the collections, take part in interactive activities and meet the University's scientists.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 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.
- Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) - information about how to engage with GLAM's Public Engagement with Research programme.
- Oxford Sparks - platform for resources and materials which highlight a range of science topics. Contact Dr Michaela Livingstone-Banks for more information.
Other events and activities:
- Big Bang Fair - the largest stem science fair for young people in the UK.
- Cheltenham Science Festival - Annual 6-day celebration of science, with discussions, schools shows, hands-on workshops, performances and interactive exhibitions.
- IF Oxford Science + Ideas 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.
- I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here - Free online event for school students to meet and interact with scientists.
- MRC Festival of Medical Research - annual organised events for MRC-funded units, centres and institutes to showcase and discuss their work throughout the UK
- Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition - week long festival celebrating the cutting edge of UK science.
- Science Cabaret - informal talks in bars, cafes and other public venues.
There is a central University Engagement Opportunities page with information about festivals and programmes that provide opportunities to work with the public.