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Are you interested in using your research to support local communities? Do you want to develop new skills and gain unique perspectives? Would you like to seek innovative solutions to societal challenges through collaboration? If so then we have the programme for you!

A training activity

MPLS and MSD are collaborating on a brand new Public Engagement with Research (PER) programme being launched in June 2021. This is a funded pilot programme testing new approaches to PER by connecting researchers with community partners across Oxfordshire. Through facilitated workshops researchers will engage local communities with their research as a starting point to identify collaborative projects that help local communities to overcome a challenge or seize an opportunity. Projects could take any form, for example identifying levels of pollution in a local area, designing a new piece of technology, or something else entirely. It all depends where your research interests overlap with those of the community group. You don’t need to have an idea in advance, University PER staff will be on-hand to help you and the community group identify areas of common interest and opportunity. This is a free programme open to University researchers of all disciplines.

For further information please see Establishing a new science engagement programme — Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division (ox.ac.uk)

To register your interest to be the first to know more details as they are finalised please complete this form: https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/co-developing-with-communities-eoi

For any queries please contact Oli Moore, Science Engagement Facilitator, oliver.moore@mpls.ox.ac.uk