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We aim to showcase our research, inspire the younger generation, engage with the local community and raise debate on the impact of science on society.

Oxfordshire science festival 2016 NDS
Read about our past public engagement and outreach events

Curiosity Carnival

Curiosity CarnivalOn Friday 29 September 2017, NDS took part in a festival of curiosity exploring the world of research, with games, experiments, busking, debates, music  and a pub-style quiz - across the University of Oxford's museums, libraries and gardens. Situated in the Museum of Natural History, we shared with the public some of the exciting technology that we use within the department. Read the full story.

Oxford scientists present skeleton session at Hay Festival 2017

Dr Emma Morris (NDS) and Dr James Edwards (NDORMS) presented their interactive workshop ‘Science of the Skeleton’ at the popular Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye. Read the full story.

Science session inspires young minds

Several members of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences’ Outreach Working Group have run their second ‘Science Outreach’ session in an Oxfordshire primary school. Read the full story.

Drawing competition winners announced

We ran a drawing competition for Year 6 pupils from local primary schools in Headington, Oxford, with the theme 'What science and surgery mean to me'. Read the full story.

Oxfordshire science festival 2016

Oxfordshire Science Festival 2016The Oxfordshire Science Festival ran from 23 June to 3 July 2016. We had a central spot in the festival with a booth on Broad Street in Oxford city centre on Saturday 25 June.

We showcased our multi-disciplinary department through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities that appealed to children and adults of all educational backgrounds.

Read the full story.


OxAAA Aneurysm Awareness Day a success!

Saturday 7 May saw the inaugural OxAAA Aneurysm Awareness Day, held at the Tingewick Hall in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Organised and hosted by the Oxford Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (OxAAA) Study team, the day was designed to provide a way for AAA patients and their families to learn more about their condition from the researchers and clinical care team in an informal environment. Read the full story.

Celebrating medical research in oxford - public open day

BRC Open Day 2016The NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre held a public open day 'Celebrating Medical Research in Oxford' on Thursday 21 April 2016 at the John Radcliffe Hospital. At the SITU stand, visitors found out about the training and support the team provide for the development of surgical trials and future trialists, the ACST-2 team presented information on the diagnosis and treatment for carotid stenosis, COPE demonstrated how to extract DNA from strawberries, and TRIG provided demonstrations on seeing the invisible using fluorescence. Read a report on the BRC Open Day in the Oxford Mail and watch a video of the day on YouTube.

Pupils learn about micro-organisms during British Science Week

During British Science Week, Dr Jo Snoeck ran a workshop on micro-organisms for children aged 6 and 7 years old at a primary school in Old Marston, Oxford. Read the full story.

Careers in Science event held to inspire sixth form pupils

An outreach event was held at St Edward's School in Oxford for sixth form pupils aged 16 to 18 who are considering a career in surgical Sciences. Read the full story.

Taking Science into schools

Professor Kathryn Wood took part in an outreach symposium organised by the Oxford International Biomedical Centre (OIBC). The meeting at Deptford Green School in Lewisham, London was attended by Year 9 and 10 pupils from six different schools. Read the full story.

Sixth form students learn about careers in research

Dr Sarah Cross, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Islet Transplant Research Group at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and Deputy Manager of the DRWF Human Islet Isolation Facility, gave tours of the Human Islet Isolation Facility during a careers event held for sixth form students from across the Oxfordshire area who are considering a career in science, nursing or medicine. Read the full story.

Oxford hands-on science

Oxford Hands-On Science (OxHOS), a new student-run society at the University of Oxford, ran two public events to encourage scientific curiosity, especially in children. The events were part of an outreach programme being sponsored by the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences. Christina Turner, who is undertaking a DPhil in Surgical Sciences at the department, is treasurer for OxHOS. Read more about the events.

Outreach Working Group

The Outreach Working Group promotes the value of public engagement. The group develops and monitors a structured outreach and engagement programme for the department. Contact Louise King, the Communications Officer.