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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

Call for public engagement activities on climate change and sustainability in partnership with the Science Museum

The Science Museum is organising a programme of activities for families and young people during the school holidays across 2021 and 2022 around the theme of climate change and sustainability. They are looking for researchers, ideally with their own existing engagement activities, to participate in the events, which will encourage reflection on how the world may be different in 2050. Activities should be aimed at 8 years+ and last around 5 minutes.

Please contact Grace Mulley at Grace.Mulley@ScienceMuseum.ac.uk for further information.

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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