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Dr Michaela Livingstone-Banks

Public Engagement Facilitator

Michaela helps researchers think about, plan and do public engagement with research, and leads the development of the Division's strategy for public engagement. This includes managing the Oxford Sparks digital engagement programme at the University of Oxford, which aims to open up Oxford Science for the public, teachers and students. She supports academics get their stories out by advising on engagement, providing training and one-to-one support and looks to provide support for staff within MPLS departments. Michaela sits on the University-wide Public Engagement with Research 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 Centre, 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.  

Oxford Sparks - What is Machine Learning?

An example of an animation created in collaboration with researchers.