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British science festival 2019 - open call for participants

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science Festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. The Festival aims to connect people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists.

Find out how you can be part of it in 2019 here.

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 six-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 from 16-24 March 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.


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. Find out more 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.



The Royal Society of Biology is offering Outreach and Engagement Grants of up to £500 for members to run biology events and activities during 2019.

Find out more and apply here.

University of Oxford's Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund 2018

The call for applications has now closed.

Find out more about the scheme here.

The summaries of the most recent final project reports, including tips and shared learning, is available here.

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.



FameLab is a science communications competition designed to engage and entertain. Contestants from around the world take part armed only with their wits and a few props – the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage curiosity in your research.

Apply to take part here.


The ESRC writing competition aims to encourage and reward outstanding written communication by ESRC-funded students.

Find out more here


The Celebrating Impact Prize recognises and rewards ESRC-funded researchers who have created or enabled outstanding impact from social science research.

Find out more and enter 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 the OxHOS website.

STEM Learning

STEM Learning is the largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). They work with schools, colleges and others working with young people across the UK. Interested in becoming a STEM Ambassador? Learn more here.

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 Journal

Research For All is a 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 looking for articles that describe, explain and analyse engaged research. For more information: NCCPE Website