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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

Festivals and Events

Festivals and other public events offer an excellent opportunity to engage the public with your research. There are many different ways to engage at a festival including talks; panel debates; performances; table-top interactive activities and many more.

This guide provides a list of the key festivals and events that take place in and around Oxford and includes some national festivals to help you select which one might be the right one for you: PER Festivals and Events.pdf

Other opportunities

Ashmolean MuseumLiveFridays enable researchers to take part in a night of performances, creative workshops and lively talks after-hours at the museum. 
Bright ClubThe 'thinking person's variety night' - for one night only researchers become comedians.
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 SparksAn online platform to share the scientific research that takes place at the University with wider public audiences through high-quality animations and podcasts.
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.
TORCH

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"