Opportunities for Public Engagement
current outreach opportunitieS
- GLAM Engaged Research Showcase - Discover the wealth of research taking place across the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) and the opportunities for PER at the GLAM Engaged Research Showcase on Wednesday 27 November at the Weston Library. The event will include lightning talks, interactive demonstrations, information stands and networking over refreshments. Book your tickets here.
- PER Conference 2020 - Call for proposals - The PER Conference will take place on Wednesday 8 July 2020. This one-day event is for researchers, academics and professional services staff to explore the latest developments in PER thinking, practice and policy. Closing date: Friday 29 November at 5pm. Submit your conference proposal here.
- TORCH Theatre workshops - Interested in writing for the stage and working with young people or want to find out about collaborating with Theatres? Open to researchers and taught students from all departments, faculties and schools. Find out more here.
- Engage 2019: Disruption - Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 December 2019 in Bristol - For many public engagement is an opportunity to disrupt current ways of thinking and doing. However, as engagement becomes an increasingly familiar part of the higher education landscape, is it really delivering its potential? Join the NCCPE at Engage 2019 to discuss and debate disruption, in our universities, our research, our futures and our lives. Engage 2019 is now fully booked - please complete this form to be added to the waiting list.
- British Science Festival 2020 (Chelmsford) - Award Lecture nominations - Are you, or do you know, a promising early career researcher? Every year the British Science Association ask for nominations for seven Award Lectureships.These Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to present their winning Award Lecture at the 2020 Festival. Closing date: Monday 6 January 2020 at 5pm. Find out more here.
- Science Swindon - Science Swindon is launching a new science festival with support from the Science Museum. Explore opportunities here.
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.
- Opportunities from the NCCPE - includes Engage Academy, Engage Researchers' Academy and PEP Network.
There is a central University Engagement Opportunities page with information about festivals and programmes that provide opportunities to work with the public.