Dr Michaela Livingstone-Banks
Public Engagement Facilitator
Michaela helps researchers think about, plan and do public engagement with research. This includes managing the Oxford Sparks digital engagement programme at the University of Oxford, which aims to open up Oxford Science for the public and teachers and students. She supports academics get their stories out by advising on engagement, providing training and one-to-one support. In addition to this, she 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 a myriad of different public events and designed the website.