Opportunities for Public Engagement
current outreach opportunitieS
- Brain Awareness Week 2019 - 11 - 17 March 2019 - Does your work touch on the theme of ‘The Learning Brain’? Are you interested in engaging the public with your research? Oxford Neuroscience is teaming up with Oxford Sparks (the University’s digital engagement platform for science) to bring a suite of online engagement materials to a public audience for Brain Awareness Week. Please contact email@example.com.
The ATOM Science Festival 2019 - Abingdon - 16 - 24 March 2019 - two opportunities to be involved:
- The Science Market (Saturday, Mar 23) is a dynamic and inspiring collection of organisations, stands, demonstrations, live science and public engagement on the Abingdon Market Square from 10am - 4pm. Sian Tedaldi (of University of Oxford Department of Physics) is the Science Market Co ordinator: email for an application form and to book your place.
- The Family Science Fair (Sunday, Mar 24) is the grand finale of ATOM. It's a hands-on, lab-based science activity fair for the whole family which takes place at the Yang Science Centre in Abingdon. Dr Jennifer Turner (of Bright Sparks Science) and Jeremy Thomas (of The Abingdon Science Partnership) co-ordinate this event.
Pint of Science 2019 - 20 - 22 May 2019 - Do you love science and want to share this passion? Do you like a pint? Want to combine the two? This is a global festival, which aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub! Please email Nikita Ved if interested in being involved!
- Cowley Road Carnival Science Zone - 7 July 2019 - seeking expressions of interest for stalls - The theme is 'Space is the Place'
- IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival - 18 – 28 October 2019 - Are you thinking about running an event? The call for expressions of interest is open now. The closing date is Tuesday 30 April 2019.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. The next festival is taking place 4 - 9 June 2019.
- 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.
- Soap Box Science - public outreach platform for promoting female scientists and their work.
- 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.