Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

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

Curiosity Carnival

Roll, up, roll up to the Curiosity Carnival - booking is now open: We're also looking for volunteers to join in the carnival fun - interested in finding out more? Email:

Diamond Open Day

Below is an opportunity for any researchers who have used the Diamond Light Source Facility in Harwell to take part in their open day.

Diamond is looking for user groups to participate in their celebration family fun day on 29 July 2017. They are expecting almost 1000 visitors of all ages on the day, and they would love to show the amazing research that takes place at the facility.

Groups who are interested will be given either a 2x2 or a 3x3 m space (depending on what you need), and Diamond will cover travel and subsistence to attend at the event. It's a full day of activity from 10-5pm, with a barbeque for helpers and attending groups afterwards.

If you haven't done a science fair or much public engagement before, Diamond might be able to help you to develop ideas or to cover the cost of consumables for the event.

If you can help please contact Laura Holland at

Applications for Summer Science Exhibition 2018 are open

Applications are open to take part in next year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, a week-long celebration of the science and engineering shaping our future.

Join researchers from across the UK to exhibit to more than 14,000 members of the public, schools, research funders and the media.

The deadline for applications is 1 September 2017. Find out more about what exhibiting involves and how to apply.


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

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.