Take a look at our list of opportunities for public engagement activities, funding and training.
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.
KE Seed Fund relaunch
The University’s KE Seed Fund relaunched on Monday 29 January 2018, supporting new and innovative Knowledge Exchange activities; Closing date: 26 February 2018. This £50k pot must be spent by July 2018, so quick excellent projects are encouraged. Up to £5k per project. PER project welcome that work with a non-academic partner (each party needs to gain from the experience). Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Soapbox Science comes to Oxford
Soapbox Science is a great event aimed at inspiring more young women to enter STEM subjects, whilst also giving female scientists a platform to share their science with the public. The closing date for applications is at the end of February.
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 http://bit.do/oxcomp
Training – Podcast your science
From inception to publication; this practical session for Oxford staff and research students is delivered by Emily Elias, journalist and producer of the Oxford Sparks podcast series, is a whirlwind tour on how to share your research in an engaging manner through podcasting. 9.30am-5pm, Wednesday 14 March 2018. Register here.
Bookings for the NCCPE Engage Academy 2018-19 are now open. The Engage Academy comes highly-recommended and is targeted at individuals based within a HEI in the UK, whose role focuses on public engagement with research/involves responsibility for supporting public engagement with research within a department and/or institution. The cohort meets in Bristol for three two-day sessions that explore the role of purpose, process and people in underpinning engagement excellence. For more information see here. Deadline 31 January 2018.
STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement
The 2018 Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement undertake high quality programmes of engagement and outreach (within the remit of STFC) while concurrently acting as champions for the value and practice of engagement with research in their host institution and research community. More information here. Deadline - 22 February 2018.
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 email@example.com
AHRC New Generation Thinkers 2018
Each year, the BBC offers a cohort of Early Career Researchers the chance to develop their media skills, including programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops. Of these up to ten will become BBC Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers and have opportunities to develop their own programmes and a chance to regularly appear on air. There will also be the possibility of working with BBC TV. For more information see here.
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
Biochemical Society’s Scientific Grants are now open
These grants offer up to £1000 for projects that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience. Deadline for application is 09 April 2018.
Royal Society Partnership Grants 2018 now open
Do you have a great idea for bringing research alive in school? For anyone wishing to engage with a school (from primary to FE) to carry out an investigative project, you may be interested in partnering up with a school to apply for up to £3000 of funding. The closing date for initial applications is Feb 28th.
The Wellcome Trust’s new funding programme for public engagement is now available. There is no application deadline, so you can apply at any time. Find out more and apply
For information about a range of other engagement funding schemes for all disciplines - see the funding tab of the University’s PER Portal: here
For specific alerts for calls for public engagement (and knowledge exchange) funding opportunities - sign up to the Research and Innovation Support Network (RISN) mailing list (email: Matt Smart)
Information about a range of engagement funding schemes for all disciplines - see the funding section of the University’s PER Portal: here
New Guidance for building Public Engagement with Research (PER) into grant applications
We have created a guidance document to support researchers, research facilitators and other staff re: including and resourcing PER activities as part of Pathways to Impact in Research Council grant applications. This includes guidance on planning PER activities, what to include in the Pathways to Impact section; and a list of indicative PER costings. If you would like a copy of the guidance – please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The PER team is also offering surgeries for those wanting to meet up to discuss their PER plans in more detail - further information in the guidance.
For more information on Public Engagement with Research, examples of best practice, upcoming engagement opportunities and support for how to plan an engagement activity - visit the University's PER Portal: bit.ly/PERportal
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 https://oxfordhandsonscience.wordpress.com/for-volunteers/.
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 email@example.com 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.