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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

Public Engagement Lab

The Public Engagement Lab is an outstanding opportunity for 12 selected researchers to collaborate with colleagues from the University's museums and libraries to create exciting, innovative and high-quality engagement projects.  If selected, you will have the opportunity to explore public engagement in depth and develop your project ideas in partnership with others, with a chance to pitch for a share of £40,000 to bring them to life.

The programme is open to researchers working in EPSRC-related areas (you don’t need to funded by EPSRC).

Deadline: 5pm Friday 28 September.

Full information and application are available here: www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/public-engagement/PER-Lab 

Other opportunities

Ashmolean MuseumLiveFridays enable researchers to take part in a night of performances, creative workshops and lively talks after-hours at the museum. 
Being Human FestivalLed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s national festival of the humanities.
Bright ClubThe 'thinking person's variety night' - for one night only researchers become comedians.
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. 
FameLabResearchers compete with each other to inform and entertain the public through engaging science presentations.
I’m a Scientist, Get me out of HereAn online event where school students meet and interact with scientists. 
Museum of Natural History 

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

Oxford Festival of the ArtsThe Festival offers a broad programme of performances, workshops and talks across the fields of music, theatre, art, film and literature. 
Oxford SparksAn online platform to share the scientific research that takes place at the University with wider public audiences through high-quality animations and podcasts.
Oxford IF FestivalHands-on activities, thought-provoking talks, debates and events across all disciplines of science.
OxploreA digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom.
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.
The ConversationAn online source of thought-provoking articles written by researchers and academics, across all disciplines, for the public in the UK and globally. Further information is available here.
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.

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

Public Engagement with Research Conference

This inaugural one day event, which took place in July 2018, was an opportunity to be inspired, to learn, to be challenged and keep up to date with the cutting-edge of PER Practice and policy.

Selected sessions were filmed and are available on our youtube playlist.

You can review the sessions that took place by downloading a copy of the PER Conference 2018 online brochure.pdf

"One thing I have come to appreciate is that public engagement is a life-long learning endeavour – there are always opportunities to learn and improve one’s practice; to innovate and to try something different. 

- Professor Alison Woollard, Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research, University of Oxford

The next Public Engagement with Research Conference will take place in 2020.

"We need to get to a point where its [Public Engagement] legitimised, its recognised and its supported but not required [mandatory]." "We need to get to a point where its legitimised, its recognised and its supported but not required"