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IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival 2023

IF Oxford, the annual city-wide science and ideas festival, returned this month and the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) were thrilled to take part again. Read more about our activities at IF Oxford 2023.

IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival 2022

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) were excited to once again be part of IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival. Read about our activities at IF Oxford 2022.

IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival 2021

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences were thrilled to take part in this year's IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival. Read about our activities at IF Oxford 2021.


NDS staff engaged the public with their research at Explorazone Digital, the IF Oxford's flagship family event, on Saturday 17 October. Read about our virtual activities at IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival 2020.

swindon's science festival 2020

On Saturday 22 February, a team from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) enjoyed a day engaging with some of tomorrow's future scientists and surgeons at Swindon's first science festival. Read about our activities at Swindon's Science Festival 2020.

if oxford science + ideas festival 2019

During this year's IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival, a NDS team of outreach volunteers spent a fun weekend stimulating young minds with a range of family-friendly activities. Read about our activities at IF Oxford 2019.


A team from NDS spent a fantastic day sharing and learning with some energetic scientists and surgeons of the future at the Cheltenham Science Festival. Read about our day at Cheltenham Science Festival 2019.

IF Oxford 2018

Over two fun packed science weekends, NDS staff and students talked about and demonstrated some of the department's exciting and cutting edge research to audiences of all ages at IF Oxford. Read about our stall at IF Oxford 2018.

Curioristy Carnival

On Friday 29 September 2017, NDS took part in a festival of curiosity exploring the world of research, with games, experiments, busking, debates, music and a pub-style quiz - across the University of Oxford's museums, libraries and gardens. Situated in the Museum of Natural History, we shared with the public some of the exciting technology that we use within the department. Read about our involvement in the Curiosity Carnvial.

Hay Festival

Dr Emma Morris (NDS) and Dr James Edwards (NDORMS) presented their interactive workshop ‘Science of the Skeleton’ at the popular Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye. Read about the Hay Festival workshop.

Oxfordshire Science Festival

We had a central spot in the Oxfordshire Science Festival with a booth on Broad Street in Oxford city centre on Saturday 25 June 2016. We showcased our multi-disciplinary department through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities that appealed to children and adults of all educational backgrounds. Read about our booth at the Oxfordshire Science Festival.

School visits

NDS RESEARCH FELLOW offers advice at local sixth form careers evening

Dr Dimitrios Doultsinos, Prostate Cancer Research Associate at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS), recently took part in a sixth form careers evening at Abingdon School. Read about Dr Doultsinos' participation in the careers evening.

science day fun at local oxfordshire primary school

During British Science Week, members of the NDS Outreach Working Group ran a fun and educational science session in an Oxfordshire primary school. Read about the science session.

Science session inspires young minds

Several members of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences’ Outreach Working Group have run their second ‘Science Outreach’ session in an Oxfordshire primary school. Read about the 'Science Outreach' session.

Pupils learn about micro-organisms during British Science Week

During British Science Week, Dr Jo Snoeck ran a workshop on micro-organisms for children aged 6 and 7 years old at a primary school in Old Marston, Oxford. Read about the British Science Week workshop.

Careers in Science event held to inspire sixth form pupils

An outreach event was held at St Edward's School in Oxford for sixth form pupils aged 16 to 18 who are considering a career in surgical Sciences. Read about the outreach event at St Edward's School.

Taking Science into schools

Professor Kathryn Wood took part in an outreach symposium organised by the Oxford International Biomedical Centre (OIBC). The meeting at Deptford Green School in Lewisham, London was attended by Year 9 and 10 pupils from six different schools. Read about the outreach symposium.

Public events

ORCRB Open Doors 2022

On Saturday 10 September 2022, the Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB) opened to the public as part of the Oxford Open Doors scheme. Read about our Open Doors event.

Patient and Public Event: digital pathology and artificial intelligence

On Thursday 30 July 2020, the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) hosted a virtual Patient and Public Information (PPI) event to seek the views of nine participants on the proposed use of digital tools and artificial intelligence in pathology. Read about the PPI event

OxAAA Aneurysm Awareness Day

Saturday 7 May 2016 saw the inaugural OxAAA Aneurysm Awareness Day, held at the Tingewick Hall in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Organised and hosted by the Oxford Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (OxAAA) Study team, the day was designed to provide a way for AAA patients and their families to learn more about their condition from the researchers and clinical care team in an informal environment. Read about the OxAAA Aneurysm Awareness Day.

Celebrating medical research in oxford 

The NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre held a public open day 'Celebrating Medical Research in Oxford' on Thursday 21 April 2016 at the John Radcliffe Hospital. At the SITU stand, visitors found out about the training and support the team provide for the development of surgical trials and future trialists, the ACST-2 team presented information on the diagnosis and treatment for carotid stenosis, COPE demonstrated how to extract DNA from strawberries, and TRIG provided demonstrations on seeing the invisible using fluorescence. Read a report on the BRC Open Day in the Oxford Mail and watch a video of the day on YouTube.

Other activities

Drawing competition

We ran a drawing competition for Year 6 pupils from local primary schools in Headington, Oxford, with the theme 'What science and surgery mean to me'. Read about the drawing competition.