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

Curiosity Carnival

Sign-up to become a volunteer for Oxford’s Public Engagement with Research extravaganza – Curiosity Carnival that takes place on Friday, 29 September.  Join the team of volunteer ‘Carnival Makers’ who will be based around the city to give information, take photographs, tweet, record podcasts, staff ticket booths, as well as handing out brochures and balloons.

For more information about volunteering and how to get involved, contact Luke Caunt, Volunteer Coordinator,  or sign up today by completing this short online form: All staff and students from across the collegiate University are eligible to volunteer.

You can read more about the Curiosity Carnival in the latest edition of Blueprint (page 8).

Critical Conversations: Co-producing Research with Community Researchers

Are you an academic working with or training ‘community researchers’? Join the NCCPE for a one-off roundtable event on 22 September, aiming to develop new understandings and focusing on practical solutions. Find out more and apply.

School-University Partnerships

Join the NCCPE on 5 October for an interactive one-day event, sharing learning from the RCUK School-University Partnerships Initiative and beyond. Be inspired with examples of activities that really work, and explore next steps for school-university partnerships. Find out more and apply.

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.

Wellcome & BBC Children in Need - funding for projects that engage children & young people

 You can find out more about the scheme here: Closing date: 22 September.

Museums-University Partnership Initiative (MUPI)

This programme brings together researchers with staff from different museums to explore ideas for mutually beneficial collaboration, and has resulted in 60+ seed-funded projects. The final MUPI Match event focuses on national partnerships that work across boundaries and will take place on 26 July 2017 at the Cinema Museum, London.

PER Funding opportunities

Funding for Public Engagement with Engineering Research

The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Ingenious public engagement grants are now open for applications. Funding is available from £3,000 to £30,000 and the deadline for applications is Monday 18 September at 4pm.

Find out more here.

Biomedical Society –  Small Grants for Public Engagement

The Biochemical Society are offering grants of up to £1000 for outreach and public engagement projects (Closing date: Friday 22nd September). More information here:

Society for Endocrinology –  Small Grants for Public Engagement

These grants are available to public engagement professionals to create projects aimed at 'engaging non-scientists with hormones'. (I presume they mean the engagement should be about hormones – rather than engaging non-scientists that have hormones!). Up to £1,000 available; application deadline 30 September:

Funding for Public Engagement with Engineering Research

The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Ingenious public engagement grants (£3,000 to £30,000) closing date for applications is Monday 18 September at 4pm. Find out more here.

Wellcome Trust

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

PER Portal 

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:

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

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.