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Museum of Natural History - Super Science Saturday
Museum of Natural History - Super Science Saturday
Credit: Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Engagement opportunities

Many researchers create their own public engagement opportunities based on the purposes/objectives of their activity and their intended audience. Additionally, there are platforms and regular events which take place in Oxford and the UK which provide opportunities for researchers to engage the public and gain experience in this activity. Some current opportunities include:

Volunteer to be a Curiosity Carnival Maker

Sign-up to become a volunteer for Oxford’s Public Engagement with Research extravaganza – Curiosity Carnival takes place on Friday, 29 September.  Join the team of volunteer ‘Carnival Makers’ who will be based around the city to give information, take photographs, tweet, record podcasts, staff ticket booths, as well as handing out brochures and balloons.

Sign up today: bit.ly/carnival-maker

More information about volunteering and how to get involved: Carnival Maker Role Description.pdf

For any queries, contact Luke Caunt, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteercuriositycarnival@admin.ox.ac.uk

The Conversation

The Conversation is an online source of thought-provoking articles written by researchers and academics, across all disciplines, for the public in the UK and globally. The University of Oxford is a member of The Conversation and as such receives regular opportunities for its researchers and academics to contribute articles and to take part in hands-on training to enhance writing and engagement skills. Further information is available here.

Oxford Sparks

Oxford Sparks provides an online platform to share the scientific research that takes place at the University with wider public audiences through high-quality animations and podcasts. Researchers who are interested collaborating with Oxford Sparks to create a short animation or podcast about their research, share their existing resources, or to take part in public engagement training should contact Michaela Livingstone.

Other opportunities

Oxford Festival of the ArtsOffers a broad programme of performances, workshops and talks across the fields of music, theatre, art, film and literature. 
Oxfordshire Science FestivalHands-on activities, thought-provoking talks, debates and events across all disciplines of science.
ESRC Festival of Social ScienceProvides an insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future. 
Ashmolean MuseumLiveFridays enable researchers to take part in a night of performances, creative workshops and lively talks after-hours at the museum. 
Museum of Natural History 

ScienceSaturdays and SuperScienceSaturdays enables families to explore the collections, take part in interactive activities and meet the University's scientists.

TORCH

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) engages wider audiences with research activity that transcends traditional boundaries. 

Bright ClubThe 'thinking person's variety night' - for one night only researchers become comedians.
FameLabA communications competition designed to engage and entertain by through science presentations.
Three Minute ThesisThree Minute Thesis (3MT) challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.
Pint of ScienceBrings brilliant scientists to a local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with the wider public.
Science CabaretInformal talks in bars, cafes and other public venues organised by Science Oxford.
I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here An online event where school students meet and interact with scientists. 

Curiosity Carnival

The Curiosity Carnival on Friday 29 September is a chance to find out what research is really all about, meet researchers, ask questions and discover how research affects and changes all our lives.

The night is a huge festival of curiosity – a city-wide programme of activities across the University of Oxford’s museums, libraries, gardens and woods. There will be a wide range of activities for all ages and interests – live experiments, games, stalls, busking, debates, music, dance and a pub-style quiz.

Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival 2017 will join hundreds of other European cities in celebrating European Researchers’ Night.

For further details and to book your free tickets, go to the What's On page.