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Upcoming events

IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival 2020

Saturday, 17 October 2020, 8am to 9pm @ Virtual event

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IF Oxford 2020 

IF Oxford is a science and ideas festival that explores innovative ideas and creative research, welcoming thousands of visitors to events in dozens of venues across the city.

NDS are participating in the festival again this year and the NDS Outreach Working Group are busy exploring ideas for a digital activity. Please contact Louise King if you are interested in being involved. 

NCCPE Engage Festival 2020

Engage will take place online from Monday 30 November – Friday 4 December, bringing together the public engagement community across the UK. The call for contributions is out now, and there will be bursaries available for those wanting to curate something really innovative.

Closing date: Monday 31 August

NCCPE Engage 2020 Call for contributions

Being Human Cafes 2020

The Being Human Festival team have launched a new way to get involved in this year's Being Human festival... Being Human Cafés. They are based on the idea that you can engage with some new ideas and research in the humanities in the time that it takes to have a cup of tea.

Closing date: Tuesday 01 September at 1700 hrs

Being Human Café's explained including a useful toolkit and how to apply.


PER Training opportunities

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.


UKRI's new citizen science fund

A new £1.5 million UKRI call opened on 8 June for researchers in ANY discipline (citizen science being ‘science’ in name only) to support research collaborations that take novel approaches to involving the public in research.

The closing date is Wednesday 9 September at 4 pm.

Further details and to apply: Citizen science collaboration grant

AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement

This scheme provides funds to support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact.

Further information and how to apply

Royal Society of Chemistry Funding

This grant scheme provides funding for chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Further details and to apply: Royal Society of Chemistry outreach fund

Enriching Engagement  Grants Scheme

Enriching Engagement is a new pilot Wellcome-funded grants programme open to Wellcome grant holders and awardees at the University of Oxford, to develop and deliver Public Engagement with Research projects.

This pilot will offer a new way of encouraging, supporting and awarding Wellcome Public Engagement Enrichment grants.

The second call for funding will open in February 2020. Two levels of funding will be available: £10k - £30k and £50k - £100k.

Find out more 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.


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