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

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PER Training opportunities – booking for this term now open

We have a number of free training courses available to help you learn about and develop your public engagement skills. Unless otherwise stated these courses are available to all (DPhil students, researchers at all levels, and support staff). They are run jointly with MPLS. 

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Public Engagement Opportunities at the Museum of Natural History

There are a number of public engagement with research opportunities coming up at the Museum of Natural History in 2018 and 2019 to coincide with the Museum’s upcoming temporary exhibition Bacterial World, including Museum Lates and Super Science Saturdays.

If you are a researcher interested in getting some public engagement experience you can explore the opportunities or contact Ellie Grillo ( for more information.

Be part of Cheltenham science festival 2019

Cheltenham Science Festival is a 6-day celebration of science, jam-packed with thought-provoking discussions, energetic schools shows, hands-on workshops, mind-blowing performances and interactive exhibits.

Each year they look for fresh new ideas to create a varied and engaging programme covering a wide range of topics and themes.

Find out more here.

Call for participants: Atom Festival of Science 2019 (Abingdon)

The ATOM Festival of Science takes place in Abingdon-on-Thames March 16-24, 2019.The festival celebrates diverse, imaginative and family-friendly events which allow local people to discover world-class science and technology taking place on their doorstep.

Find out more here or email for more information

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.

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

Calls open for the STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards and Nucleus Awards

These grant schemes aim to support high quality programmes of public engagement that inspire and involve audiences with stories of STFC science and technology that meet the aims of their public engagement strategy. Funding available up to £100k.

Further information can be found here

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.

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 OxHOS website.

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.

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