Opportunities for Public Engagement
current outreach opportunitieS
Take part in FameLab 2019 - Scientists, mathematicians and engineers across the UK are invited to take part in the longest running science competition in the world!
Please read the application guidelines before applying for more information about key dates of the competition and video entries. To apply, first fill out the application form by clicking here. This will re-direct you to the application form. Click here for application guidelines.
Applicants are invited to attend the heat nearest to them. Due to the unprecedented demand in Oxford extra dates have been added.
- British Science Festival 2019 - Open call for participants - Europe's longest standing science festival aims to connect people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists. In 2019 the festival will be in Coventry, hosted by the University of Warwick, 10-13 September 2019. Submit a proposal here. The deadline for open proposals is 18 February 2019.
- Brain Awareness Week 2019 - 11 - 17 March - 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. At this stage, they are looking for ideas, however vague, for content that could sit on this site and be promoted throughout Brain Awareness Week. Please contact email@example.com.
Pint of Science 2019 - 20 - 22 May - Do you love science and want to share this passion? Do you like a pint? Want to combine the two? Event Managers wanted to help run the next Pint of Science festival! It’s 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! We want to provide a platform, which allows people to discuss research with those who carry it out; no prior knowledge of the subject is required to attend. The main festival will take place on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (6pm-9pm), simultaneously across the world.
Event Managers will undertake the responsibility of hosting a Pint of Science themed Pub! Your duties will include organizing the event, finding speakers, helping us to promote your pub/talks and finally to host the 3 nights. Event managers in each topic will be assigned a Team Leader, an experienced Pint of Science individual for support and guidance. Please email Nikita Ved if interested!
- New Year Opportunities from the NCCPE - includes Engage Academy, Engage Researchers' Academy and PEP Network.
Public Engagement with Research: Board Game Café - We are 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. We held several successful events in 2018 and are hoping to expand the team and number of events in 2019.
We will hold game development workshops to help bring the games from concept to table and link together researchers from across the University with similar interests and ideas. Events in the past have included Science festivals, appearances at University Museums and our own stand-alone events. This is a great opportunity to improve your public engagement skills using an increasingly popular medium and most importantly have fun whilst you do so.
If you are interested in joining the team please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also check out our website and our Twitter feed @BoardGamesPER for an overview of our 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.