Take a look at our list of opportunities for public engagement activities, funding and training.
Take part in Cheltenham Science Festival
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.