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

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University of Oxford's Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund 2018

The call for applications is now open and will close on Monday 15 October. Applications are welcome from researchers that are new to, or experienced in public engagement with research. Funds (up to £4000) can be requested to pilot a new activity or improve and evaluate an existing project.

Need some inspiration? The summaries of the most recent final project reports, including tips and shared learning, is available here.

Find out more about the scheme here.

The Public Engagement Lab: Develop Collaborative Projects - Call for Applications

This new public engagement with research programme will offer 12 selected researchers from MPLS and MSD the opportunity to collaborate with University's museums and libraries to create high-quality engagement projects. Over three days (during October and November) participants will develop their ideas, taking a deep exploration into public engagement and have a chance to pitch for a share of £40,000 to bring their ideas to life.

Applications now open and will close on 28 September. Find out more here.

RISN Conference

The Research and Innovation Support Conference (18 September) is a professional development and networking event for Oxford staff involved in supporting research and innovation. The conference programme includes a session on public engagement and evaluation.

Find out more here.

Research Culture: Changing Expectations

Research culture: changing expectations conference (29 - 30 October 2018) will bring together intertwined debates around research assessment, career progression, researcher development, research communications and research integrity. This landmark conference will explore how to create and improve the cultural conditions and environments in which excellent research and researchers can flourish.

Register your interest here

Symposium: Engaging Environments

How can we better support public engagement with environmental science? How can we encourage communities, publics, and researchers to get involved? Come and help the NCCPE tackle these questions at this symposium (22 October 2018, Bristol); six NERC-funded projects will also sharing their learning, and explore how to take this work forward in the future.

Find out more about the call for contributions and register your interest in attending here

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.

Call for applications: Win an Oxford Sparks Animation

Get animated with Oxford Sparks – Closing date Friday 16 November, 5pm.

Would you like to collaborate with Oxford Sparks to turn your research into a high-quality, engaging animation, along with teaching resources, promotion and full support?

Find out more and apply here.

NCCPE Engage 2018

This year's national Public Engagement conference takes place in Edinburgh on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November and will be exploring new futures for university public engagement; celebrating the NCCPE’s 10 year anniversary; and taking stock of the lessons learned.

Further information can be found here: Engage 2018

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.

PER Funding opportunities

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.