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Find the latest updates of public engagement news, opportunities, funding, and more.

Priyanka Dhopade at the final of 'I'm a researcher'

PER Culture Change Fund, rolling deadline, closes May 2022

The PER Culture Change Fund offers £1.5k-4k for projects to help Oxford departments develop their capacity & confidence for public engagement with research.

Two Oxford researchers awarded Stephen Hawking Fellowships

Dr Alexander Mushtukov or Dr Orazio Scarlatella (Physics) are amongst 11 researchers being awarded the Stephen Hawking Fellowship that aims to answer the greatest unanswered questions in science and bring these fundamental questions about the nature of the universe to a wider audience through public engagement activities.

Morris Markowe public engagement prize, deadline 30 Sept

The Royal College of Psychiatrists invites entries for the Morris Markowe public engagement prize. This recognises an article on a psychiatric topic aimed at the general public that is suitable for publication, and comes with a £1,000 cash prize.

Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Public Engagement grants, DEADLINE EXTENDED 22 Sept

Applications open 30 June. Ingenious grants provide £3k to £30k for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering while providing engineers with skills and opportunities in public engagement.

Apply to become an EPSRC ICT Public Engagement Champion, deadline 4 November

EPSRC is offering up to £200k for three years (including time buyout and activity costs) to support the development, delivery and evaluation of public engagement for a research within their information and communication technology portfolio area, and to encourage public engagement within their organisation and wider community.

NERC 'growing roots' engaging the public with environmental science funding, DEADLINE EXTENDED 1 OCT

NERC is offering up to £7k to supports projects that develop new ways to engage the public with environmental science.

Opportunity for NERC researchers to counter eco-anxiety in young people, deadline 7 Sept

NERC climate scientists are invited to participate in a new public engagement, and professional development looking to engage young people with their environmental science research, and develop their digital and youth engagement capacity.

Learning how to be a podcaster - Conservation Optimism

A guest post by Conservation Optimism about their recent podcasting mentoring programme for the Department of Zoology (part of a project funded by the Departmental Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund). Conservation Optimism is "a global community dedicated to sharing stories and resources to empower people from all backgrounds to make a positive impact for wildlife and nature".

New Oxford Sparks videos - call for proposals

From Michaelmas 2021, Oxford Sparks - the University's platform for digital science engagement - will be regularly creating and publishing live action video content. Would you like to share your research with others? Submit an expression of interest now!

British Ecological Society Outreach Grants, deadline 10 September

The British Ecological Society offer grants up to £2,000 to encourage and support their members to promote ecological science to wider audience.

Research Storytelling Competition: Speak Up for Food Security 2021, deadline 5 Sept

UKRI are running this compeitition for early career researchers (PhD students and post-docs) whose research links to the food security challenge. Winners receive a 2 day storytelling masterclass and opportunity to present their research in a public-facing final.

Europlanet public engagement funding, deadline 18 August

This scheme supports projects that engage the public with planetary science. Grants are worth between €1,000 and €5,000.

Talking to science deniers and sceptics is not hopeless

Lee McIntyre writing in Nature talks about how to go about engaging with science deniers and skeptics.

Science Capital: Developing inclusive informal science learning, 9 Sept, Oxford

This BIG Skills Day will take place in Science Oxford and is for anyone who develops and delivers informal science learning experiences, especially for young people.

Online workshop: Connecting with Under-served Audiences: Creating Conversations and Trust, 29 Sept

The Re-think Sci Comm project is hosting this online workshop series is aimed at engaging the community of science communication professionals and scholars in order to reflect on the latest research outcomes together.

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grants, deadline 6 Sept 2021

Royal Society of Chemistry offers small (up to £5,000) with a monthly deadline and large (up to £10,000) grants, with 6 deadline, to enable members, individuals and organisations to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Early Career Researchers wanted - Meat Your Future, deadline 1 Sept

The History of Science museum is looking for masters and DPhil students and postdocs to get involved with their 'science shorts' programme supporting their current Meat Your Future exhibition.

University PER Seed Fund, deadline 22 October 2021

The University of Oxford's small grants scheme provides £2-4k for researchers to develop, deliver and evaluate Public Engagement with Research projects and activities.

Palaeontological Association Public Engagement Grants, deadline 1 September 2021

The Palaeontological Association invites applications for its engagement grants that offer up to £8,000, with the aim of encouraging educational outreach, public engagement and related initiatives in paleontological themes - only open to Palaeontological Association members.

Take your science to the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2022, deadline 21 September 2021

The Summer Science Exhibition welcomes thousands of visits and is an excellent high profile opportunity to engage a variety of audiences through interactive displays and activities.

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