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Join the 2019 OxHOS roadshow!

If you want to share your passion for science, boost your CV and make friends then join the OxHOS Roadshow 2019! The Oxford Hands-On Science (OxHOS) roadshow takes interactive experiments into schools in Oxford and across the country to inspire kids to get involved in science!

This year the roadshow is three weeks from 24 June to 13 July with a week in each of Oxford, Essex and Manchester. We need enthusiastic students (undergraduate or postgraduate) and University scientists who can join for some of this time! We provide training, food, transport and campsite accommodation (for the Essex and Manchester weeks), so it won't cost you anything!

To find out more and sign up via our online form, visit and we will get in touch!

New Scientist Live - Call for programme ideas

Do you have an amazing talk, performance or workshop that you would like included in the New Scientist Live 2019 programme?

Submit your proposal here.

Interact 2019 - An engagement symposium for the physical and life sciences

Are you a physical or life scientist or do you engage with STFC or use STFC facilities and do outreach, public engagement and science communication? If so then the Interact symposium is for you!

Find out more and register 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.


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.


'Curiosity' from the Wellcome Trust

'Curiosity' provides funding for organisations who want to run exciting and engaging science activities aimed at disadvantaged children and young people.

The closing date for application is Friday 12 April.

Find out more and apply 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.


Wellcome Genome Campus - Public engagement masterclass

This public engagement masterclass supports researchers from all disciplines who aspire to be research leaders in their fields and establish a reputation for quality, embedded public engagement in the context of their research portfolio. Bursaries are available.

Closing Date - Tuesday 16 April 2019.

Apply 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