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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:

Curiosity Carnival: part of European Researcher’s Night 2017

Curiosity Carnival is Oxford’s contribution to European Researcher’s Night, a Europe-wide celebration of academic research for the public, supported by the European Commission. 

Taking place on 29 September 2017, Curiosity Carnival will showcase the world-leading research taking place here at Oxford to a large and diverse audience through a programme that will include live experiments, debates, bite-sized talks and other activities. A six month digital and media engagement campaign will lead up to the event.  

We’re keen to hear from those across the University who would like to be part of this event. Researchers can be at any stage in their career from DPhil to senior academics and funded from any source. You do not need to have an activity developed already - at this stage we are looking for enthusiasm and interesting ideas. To express your interest, please read the Guidelines (Guidance Notes.docx), complete and return this Form (Form.docx) by noon, 5 December 2016.

TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

TORCH supports and stimulates research activity that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries. Each academic term, TORCH will sponsor the creation and/or development of up to three multi- or interdisciplinary research networks by providing a venue, funding, a web presence and publicity. Funding will ordinarily be up to £2,500 and is for one year (renewable for a further year on application after first year). Further details are available on the TORCH website.

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:

FrightFriday: The Art & Science of Hope & Fear

25 November 2016. TORCH has teamed up with the Ashmolean Museum for FRIGHTFriday - a special late night opening of the museum to explore the art and science of Hope & Fear. A night of exciting performances of dance and music, digital installations, film, workshops and interactive exhibits, which will include researchers from across the University.

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.