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Michaela Livingstone-Banks

Dr Michaela Livingstone-Banks

Head of Public and Community Engagement with Research

Michaela is the Divisional lead for Public Engagement with Research (PER), and is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the Division's Strategic Plan for Public Engagement with Research, with a focus on engagement with local communities. This includes oversight and delivery of the PER training programme, Oxford Sparks, the University's approach to local science engagement, cross-divisional and University-wide PER initiatives, and other strategic projects that are designed to nurture a positive environment where excellent Public Engagement with Research can flourish as part of research culture and practice.

Prior to working at the University, Michaela was Special Projects Manager at the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres, overseeing the successful 'Hands-on DNA' and 'Explore Your Universe' national, strategic engagement projects.

She also spent some time as an intern on the learning team of the At-Bristol science centre. Michaela's life in public engagement began during her PhD at the University of Sheffield, where she co-founded the Science Brainwaves group, planned and hosted myriad different public events and designed the website.

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Oxford Sparks - A New View on Cancer

An example of a video created in collaboration with researchers.