Researchers at the University of Oxford have been engaging the public with their research for many years. Have a look at some of the short films below for excellent examples of Public Engagement with Research (PER) activities which Inform/Inspire, Consult and Collaborate with the public.
Inform / Inspire
LiveFridays (Social Animals)
Purposes / objectives: To explore new ways to engage the public with the University’s cutting-edge social sciences research, and bringing new insight to the Ashmolean collection
Target audiences: Adult Oxfordshire museum goers
Methods: Interactive displays, talks & demonstrations, usage of Ashmolean collections as basis for discussion and interaction.
What makes you tick: Circadian rhythms
Purposes / objectives: Inform and entertain the public about sleep research being conducted at the University of Oxford
Target audiences: Young people/ school students in the UK
Methods: Short animation, hosted in Oxford Sparks website and the University YouTube channel.
'Smart Glasses' offer help to near-blind people
Purposes / objectives: To consult with relevant publics, for whom this research is most relevant, about the direction and use of research on vision enhancement.
Target audiences: Vision impaired individuals who could benefit from improved vision technology, i.e. those who still have minimal sight left
Methods: Conduct research trials with the public, consulting on the direction and progress of the research
Mobilising against hypertension
Purposes / objectives: Consult with patients about their health behaviours in order to tailor research and medical help more effectively for the target population
Target audiences: Individuals in South Africa with high blood pressure
Methods: Using mobile phones to help with adherence to blood-pressure monitoring & disseminating relevant medical advice
New parenting programme promises to reduce child abuse in Africa
Purposes / objectives: Create evidence-based child prevention program by consulting with relevant publics about issues surrounding child-abuse in this particular community
Target audiences: Individuals in South Africa at high risk of child-abuse
Methods: Randomised control trial on different intervention techniques, based on consultation with the relevant publics
Big Cat Conservation in Africa
Purposes / objectives: To confer with the local community to design a suitable program, with local input and buy-in, for harm reduction for local lion population
Target audiences: Young men of the Barabaig tribe, Tanzania, as well as other tribes on the vicinity
Methods: Consultation with local tribes to create attitude change and conservation programs to reduce lion hunting in the area
Stopping floods on the cheap: A success story from Yorkshire
Purposes / objectives: Manage flood risk using local community knowledge to inform research and implementation.
Target audiences: Local residence in areas in the UK at high risk of flooding
Methods: Work with local communities to inform research practice in controlling flood risk
African honey bees change lives and save elephants
Purposes / objectives: Use local knowledge to find alternative ways to protect Kenyan farmers and farms from elephants.
Target audiences: Farmers in Kenya in elephant roaming zones
Methods: Using local knowledge that elephants are afraid of bees to inform research on utilising beehives as a natural elephant deterrent – one which is appropriate to the target audience and sustainable.
Translating ancient lives
Purposes / objectives: Recruit relevant publics to collaborate in research translating ancient Egyptian texts
Target audiences: Amateurs, professionals, school children and others interested in Egyptology, with internet access and spare time
Methods: Use citizen science methods to participate in research translating ancient Egyptian texts
Purposes / objectives: To allow for collaboration on astrological research with hundreds of thousands individuals, enhance research and understand how galaxies form
Target audiences: Amateurs, professionals, school children and others interested in astronomy, with internet access and spare time
Methods: Create a platform to allow for ‘citizen science’ participation in the research process, and use it to improve research on the classification of galaxies
Purposes / objectives: To invite audiences to collaborate with researchers in the process of analysing data gathered in the Arctic about penguin colonies.
Target audiences: Audiences with internet access, an interest in arctic ecology, and spare time to contribute to research
Methods: Engaging with interested audiences to take part in conducting research by tagging research images (Citizen Science)