Opportunities and resources for staff
Take a look at our list of opportunities for public engagement activities, funding and training.
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 http://oxhos.org/Roadshow 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
ESRC BETTER LIVES WRITING COMPETITION
The ESRC writing competition aims to encourage and reward outstanding written communication by ESRC-funded students.
Find out more here
ESRC CELEBRATING IMPACT PRIZE
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 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 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 email@example.com 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
University public engagement resources
The University has compiled a hub of resources to help you plan, deliver and evaluate public engagement activities.
Medical Sciences Materials Suite
The Medical Sciences Divisional Office has a number of resources to support public engagement which can be loaned out to researchers. These include a suite of matching materials for events such as science fairs (including pull-up banners, tablecloths, and t-shirts) and tablets.
Oxford Sparks is the place to explore and discover science research from the University of Oxford. It aims to share our amazing science with everyone, support teachers to enrich their lessons and support our researchers to get their stories out there. They bring together resources and information from across the University.
Researchers' Toolkit PER Resources
On the Medical Sciences Division website you will find information about support, training, funding, events and activities, and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
'How to' Guide
What works: Engaging the public through social media
The NCCPE has worked with public engagement professionals and researchers from across the UK to co-develop a new ‘How to’ guide regarding social media and engaging the public.