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Group photo of VC PER Award winners
VC PER Awards group shot

Flagship Activities

Online Conference: University of Oxford Public Engagement with Research

Wednesday 7 July – Friday 10 July, session times various, online via Zoom

Oxford's second Public Engagement with Research Conference encompasses four days of sessions featuring internal and external speakers and contributors.

This year's online conference has a particular focus on diversifying engagement communities and engaging virtually.

Join us for:

  • quick guide to engagement funding opportunities at Oxford 2020-21;
  • narrative skills workshop;
  • exploration of the ‘impact phantom’ concept;
  • beginners’ guide to communicating science;
  • conference quiz and chatting with colleagues; and more.

This conference is intended for Oxford researchers and public engagement facilitators, together with external guests (by invitation), to explore and discuss Public Engagement with Research.

Explore the programme and register for free (the closing date for registration is 30 June 2020).

We look forward to welcoming you to the online conference and hope to see you next year in person, for the face-to-face Oxford PER conference taking place on the 6 July 2021 at the Said Business School.

The inaugural event took place in July 2018; you can review the sessions that took place by downloading a copy of the PER Conference 2018 online brochure.pdf or take a look at the short PER Conference 2018 film.

"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

Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Awards

The winners received recognition for their achievements at the Awards Ceremony that took place on Wednesday 10 July 2019 at Keble college, University of Oxford. You can read more about the winning projects and people here: VC PER Awards 2019 Brochure

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor says: “It is inspiring to see the positive impact these activities have both on research and on the individuals and communities that have been involved, from Cambodian villages to 'Baby Higgs' hunters and the children of imprisoned mothers.”

You can view the films below on three of the winning and highly-commended projects and people from this year's Awards to give you a flavour of the Public Engagement with Research that takes place at Oxford.

How do badgers respond to scents from other species? (Early Career Researcher Category; Highly-Commended)

Engagement at the Pitt Rivers Museums (Building Capacity, Award Winner)

Victorian Light Night... Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth Century Perspectives (Projects Category, Award Winner)

Previous awards

Details of the previous VC PER Awards can be found here:

2017 -  Brochure, award ceremony film (2017)

2016 - Brochure, award ceremony film (2016)

For reference only - Entries for the 2019 Awards are now closed