Dr Michaela Livingstone-Banks
Public Engagement Facilitator
Michaela helps researchers and support staff think about, plan and do high-quality public engagement with research. Michaela leads the ongoing development of the Division's public engagement with research (PER) strategy and is responsible for the strategic leadership and oversight of the University's digital science engagement platform, Oxford Sparks. Michaela also manages the ongoing enhancement of the Division’s programme of PER training activities and facilitates support staff in MPLS Divisions and in other teams to plan for and develop their own plans, strategies and evaluation. Michaela works closely with the Division's academic champion for PER, Prof David Pyle, works with a range of teams across the University and sits on the University-wide PER Advisory Group and works on cross-divisional initiatives to support the University's wider strategic goals for public engagement with research.
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.