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:
Bring your research to the street as part of Curiosity Carnival
Be a part of the street activities programme for Curiosity Carnival, Oxford's European Researchers' Night on Friday 29th September. We are looking for academics, researchers and DPhil students, across all disciplines, within the collegiate University to take part in our exciting programme of events. Training will be provided, and you will have support from the Event Manager over the summer to develop your activity.
You can take part in one of our current activities, or you can apply with your own idea.
BUSKING FOR CURIOSITY
CURIOUS ABOUT RESEARCH WALKING TOURS
CURIOUSLY INTERESTING DEMONSTRATIONS
RESEARCHER’S HIDDEN TALENTS
For more detailed information about these activities, please see here: Street Activities Programme - Information.pdf
To be involved in the street activities programme, please apply here by Friday 9th June.
Any questions? Please email the event manager: Jennifer Courtenay-Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever wanted to hear your research in musical form?
Would you like to help create historical hip hop, pharmaceutical folk rock or even evolutionary electro pop?
An exciting new project has been launched as part of Curiosity Carnival, Oxford's European Researchers' Night to offer five researchers, who can be from any discipline, the opportunity to work with songwriter Jonny Berliner, to translate their research into a song.
You’ll work directly with Jonny to brainstorm ideas and explain your research. Your ‘musical abstracts’ will then be performed on the night of the Curiosity Carnival (29 September 2017) at various venues and will be made available as recordings for you to use in future engagement work.
I'm a Researcher, Get me out of here!
Calling all early-career 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. Early-career researchers supported by funding from the European Commission will be given priority for this particular engagement activity.
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.
Up to the challenge? Apply by Friday 5th May here.
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 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.
|Oxford Festival of the Arts||Offers a broad programme of performances, workshops and talks across the fields of music, theatre, art, film and literature.|
|Oxfordshire Science Festival||Hands-on activities, thought-provoking talks, debates and events across all disciplines of science.|
|ESRC Festival of Social Science||Provides 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 Museum||LiveFridays 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 Club||The 'thinking person's variety night' - for one night only researchers become comedians.|
|FameLab||A communications competition designed to engage and entertain by through science presentations.|
|Three Minute Thesis||Three 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 Science||Brings brilliant scientists to a local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with the wider public.|
|Science Cabaret||Informal 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.|