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

Oxford’s Public Engagement with Research Conference – 5 July 2018

Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford

This one-day event will be an opportunity to be inspired, to learn, to be challenged and keep up to date with the cutting-edge of Public Engagement with Research practice and policy. There will be 20 sessions with a mixture of internal and external speakers delivering the talks, workshops and debates together with networking opportunities.  

For more details see:

Registration will open by the end of April 2018.

IF – Oxford’s new Science & Ideas Festival

IF Oxford will take place from 12 to 22 October 2018. The festival will be a platform for academics, researchers, businesses, charities and community groups to build an exciting, innovative, high-quality programme of events based around science and technology, social science, arts and humanities, including events that will combine and cut across these disciplines. 

Events will take place in central and south-east Oxford.

The call for participation is now open and will close on Monday 30 April 2018.

Download the Expression of Interest form here. Please contact Louise King (NDS Communications Officer) if you are interested in participating in the festival.

OxTalent competition 2018

The University’s annual OxTALENT competition celebrates and rewards the innovative use of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning, research, and public engagement. For more information and entry details (closing date: 27 April), see:

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

Royal Society Westminster Pairing scheme - open for applications until 15 April

The Royal Society has just opened for applications to its Pairing Scheme for researchers to be paired with UK parliamentarians and civil servants, to give both sides the opportunity experience the other’s world. See for more information. Professor Peter Magill, in the BNDU, took part in the scheme last year – you can read about his experience here

Applications open for the NERC impact awards

These awards will celebrate and reward NERC-funded researchers, as individuals or teams, whose work has had substantial impact on the economy and society either in the UK or abroad. There are three categories of award: Economic Impact, Societal Impact and Early Career Impact.

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Monday 21 May 2018.

Find out more and apply…

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.

NCCPE Engage Researchers' Academy

Are you an academic with a passion for public engagement? The NCCPE  is launching a new Engage Academy for researchers. Join the year-long CPD programme to develop your public engagement skills whilst improving the impact and relevance of your work. A limited number of RCUK bursaries are available.

Find out more…

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

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

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

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.