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Current outreach opportunities

Communicate your science digitally with Oxford Sparks!

It’s more important than ever that we continue to communicate the amazing research going on at the University of Oxford, so please see below for some online opportunities. 

Oxford Sparks (a platform for resources and materials which highlight a range of science topics, part of MPLS) hopes to achieve our goal above through the creation and sharing of new, fun digital content. But, as we can no longer hold face-to-face meetings, we need your help! If you are a scientific researcher at the University, and would like to get involved, please complete this form for new digital content - we'd love to hear from you (don’t worry, you don’t need to leave the house)!

If you would like to apply without using Google Forms, or would like more information, please email oxfordsparks@mpls.ox.ac.uk

Science Together: Oxford Researchers and Communities – call for public engagement staff and researchers

Are you interested in using your research and public engagement skills to support local communities? Do you want to develop new skills and gain unique perspectives? Would you like to seek innovative solutions to societal challenges through collaboration? If so then apply now to be part of this brand new community engagement programme!

Closing date: Friday 30 July 2021.

Find out more and apply for Science Together: Oxford Researchers and Communities.

Ongoing outreach opportunities

Please check individual links for current status of initiatives and events.

Digital outreach ideas and events

  • Check out MPLS's tips for Using Social Media to Communicate Your Research.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Skype a Scientist - matches scientists with classrooms around the world without having to leave the lab! 
  • I’m a Scientist, get me out of here! Online activity where school students connect with real scientists about real science. It’s a competition between scientists, where students are the judges. 
  • I'm a Researcher, get me out of here! Online activity where school students connect with academic researchers. It’s a competition between the researchers, where students are the judges. 

Within the University

  • The Foruma 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.
  • TORCH - The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, offering opportunities for medical humanities interdisciplinary collaborations. Contact Victoria McGuinness for more information. 
  • Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) - information about how to engage with GLAM's Public Engagement with Research programme.

External events and activities

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