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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. Current opportunities include:

I'm a Researcher, Get me out of here!

Calling all Oxford researchers! I'm a Researcher, Get me out of here! is an action-packed online public engagement with research competition for researchers, where local school students are the judges.

Researchers from all disciplines are invited to sign up for this interactive online activity that is being delivered as part of Curiosity Carnival, Oxford's European Researchers' Night (September 2017), funded by the European Commission.

The event is based on the award winning  I'm a Scientist format and gives local secondary school students the chance to connect with Oxford's researchers by asking questions online. It's an enjoyable and accessible way to hone your public engagement skills whilst showing students the huge breadth and potential of academic research.

Over three weeks (11th-29th September), and as part of a group of 15 researchers, you will talk to school classes in fast-paced online text based live chats and answer students' questions about anything they're interested in: your research, why you became researcher, what your favourite hobbies are, and many more questions you've likely never thought of before. Five researchers, determined by students' votes, then go into the live final held at the Curiosity Carnival on 29th September 2017.

To give you an idea, see the research-related (and some not-so-related!) examples asked to Oxford researcher Oliva Ashton in I'm a Scientist last year here.

Up to the challenge? Apply by Friday 5th May here

Find out more at imaresearcher.uk and contact silvia.verdolini@admin.ox.ac.uk for any queries. 

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.


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. 

There are regular opportunities to engage with Oxford's researchers throughout the year including:

Hip, Hip!

Discover the research taking place on the link between between sports, bone development in the young, and arthritis in the latest animation from Oxford Sparks.