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Take a look at our list of opportunities for public engagement activities, funding and training.

Settlers Exhibition launches

A new exhibition at the Museum of Natural History explores the question of “where did we come from?”, developed in partnership with Oxford's researchers. Find out more…

Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund Projects announced

Twelve new projects have been funded by the University's Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund grants scheme. From engaging Botswanans with Stone Age archaeology; exploring the potential of craft-based activities to improve well-being; engaging young people with physics through song and hands-on Asian language-learning through cooking, a diverse range of projects have been supported.

Find a list of project summaries here

Applications for Summer Science Exhibition 2019 now open

Applications are open to take part in next year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, a week-long celebration of the science and engineering shaping our future.

You can apply to exhibit on our website.

The exhibition features the UK’s most inspiring research and is a chance for scientists to showcase their work to over 14,000 visitors including members of the public, schools, research funders, the media, and Fellows of the Royal Society.

You can read about why you should get involved and find out more about what exhibiting involves and how to apply. The deadline for applications is 7 September 2018.

NCCPE’s Public Engagement Professionals Network

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement will be launching a new network for public engagement professionals (PEPs) across the UK from the beginning of the next academic year. Between June and September they are hosting a few taster events as a precursor to this. For more information about the network, and the taster events, visit

Being Human Festival 2018 – call for applications

Led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s national festival for public engagement with humanities research.

This year the festival is running from 15-24 November, and the festival theme is ‘Origins and Endings’.

There are three main pathways to getting involved with some funding available, more details are available on the website.

Oxplore Big Question Challenge - For DPhil students and Early Career Researchers

Are you a DPhil student or early career researcher who wants to share your research, inspire young people and have the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher? Take up the Oxplore Big Question Challenge!

We’re looking for your idea for an engaging Big Question designed to fascinate 11-18 year olds, plus a resource (article, podcast, video, animation, multiple choice quiz, list-style article or image gallery) that you would be keen to create with Oxplore in Trinity Term 2018.

Find out more and enter online at  

Opportunity for researchers – become a Media Fellow

An opportunity for researchers working within the area of EPSRC to work in a media outlet for 2-6 weeks to gain an insight into the inner workings of media, enhance their communication skills, increase their profile and media coverage. For more information see here. The BBC, Nature, The Mirror and The Guardian and are examples of media outlets that have taken part in the scheme to date. Please do spread the word.

Become a Citizen Science Ambassadour

The Zooniverse is currently looking for Oxford postgraduate students who may be interested in becoming a ‘Zooniverse Ambassador’.  These 'people-powered' projects cover a huge variety of subjects, from the sciences to the humanities. Ambassadors will get hands-on experience with public engagement. Interested? Please email


The Conversation training

The Conversation is an online source of thought-provoking articles written by researchers and academics for the public in the UK and globally. Oxford is a member of The Conversation and receives regular opportunities for researchers to contribute articles and to take part in hands-on training to enhance writing and engagement skills. Details on training for researchers from the science Divisions is here.


OxEngage is a series of lunchtime talks and half-day workshops about digital techniques for outreach and public engagement. It is led by Academic IT Services and the Bodleian Libraries. Further information and booking details is provided here.

Develop your public engagement skills

The Engage Academy cohort meets in Bristol for three two-day sessions that explore the role of PURPOSE, PROCESS and PEOPLE in underpinning engagement excellence. Each meeting combines presentations led by individuals prominent within the engagement, funding and policy communities; practical workshops; and opportunities for peer-supported learning. Mentors with expertise in public engagement strategy, culture change, evaluation, and community engagement are available to provide one-to-one support. Booking is now open for 2017-18.

PER Funding opportunities

New knowledge exchange funding opportunities

Expressions of interest are sought for the new Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange Fellowship scheme to support engagement with the public and communities. This funding enables researchers to spend time embedded or visiting partners (outward) or practitioners from those organisations to come and spend a period of time at Oxford embedded with a team/department (inward) or a combination of both:

Social Sciences KE Fellowships – Public and Community Engagement

The closing date for EOIs to apply to this scheme is as follows: 5pm, 20 July 2018. The deadline for full proposals is in September 2018.  Any queries, please contact

STFC Public Engagement Funding opportunities - Reaction Awards

The Reaction Awards scheme will allow the funding of public engagement programmes that require fast response to new and/or unexpected significant developments related to STFC's science and technology remit.

Find out more…

Wellcome – Relaunched Public Engagement Fund Scheme

Following on from the announcement of Wellcome’s new Public Engagement strategy in January, Wellcome have refreshed their Public Engagement Fund scheme.

All the details of the revised scheme can be found here.

Background information about the changes can be found here

Society for Endocrinology – Public Engagement Grants

These grants offer up to £1000 to support public engagement activities. Closing date: 26 September 2018. Find out more

NCCPE – Engage Researchers' Academy

The programme creates a challenging but supportive environment for researchers to explore the quality and value of engagement and improve the impact and relevance of their research. Early bird booking offer and some bursaries available. There is no closing date but there are limited places. Find out more and apply…

PER Portal 

Advice, guidance, funding opportunities and much more can be found via the PER portal.

Oxford Sparks

Oxford Sparks is a one-stop-shop for all things public engagement, for members of the University as well as members of the public. It provides resources and information for those just starting out through to those with experience looking for a new challenge.

Public Engagement Training

The #OxEngage Programme features talks, workshops and other events to explore the use of Digital Technologies for public engagement, impact and outreach. Full details here.

Oxford Hands-On Science

Do you love science? Do you want to share this passion with others? Do you believe that science is fun, exciting and relevant to everyone? Then get in touch with Oxford Hands-On Science (OxHOS)! For more information, visit

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network

STEMNET (the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) creates opportunities to inspire young people in STEM. They strive to deliver their vision and purpose by working with thousands of schools, colleges and STEM employers, to engage young people of all background and abilities to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life.

Science Oxford

Science Oxford runs science clubs and many other activities in schools and for the public. It also co-ordinates the STEM Ambassadors programme for the region.

Smart Talkers: The Academic Ideas Lab

The Academic Ideas Lab is regularly approached by TV and Film  producers looking for academics, researchers, curators of all flavors as potential new presenting talent, to work on programmes as paid expert consultants and for other roles. To hear about the latest opportunities, sign up to the alerts by emailing with ‘Subscribe to Smart Talkers’ as the subject.

Research for All: Call for papers

Research For All is a new journal focusing on research that involves universities and communities, services or industries working together. Contributors and readers are from both inside and outside of higher education, including researchers, policymakers, managers, practitioners, community-based organisations, schools, businesses and the intermediaries who bring these people together. They are currently looking for articles that describe, explain and analyse engaged research.  For more information: NCCPE Website

Comms & Public Engagement Drop-in Clinics

Want to write a blog or have a great idea for a science festival activity but don't know where to turn for help? Alison Brindle, Divisional Communications Manager and Naomi Gibson, Public Engagement Coordinator, are here to help answer your communication and public engagement queries at these monthly drop-in clinics. 

Further information.