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I’m a Scientist and I'm an Engineer are online STEM engagement competitions that get people in science and engineering talking with curious school students. University of Oxford researchers are invited to take part.

Scientists put up a profile on this site, answer students’ questions about science, their research, the universe and beyond. They engage directly with students in live text-based chats. Students vote for their favourite scientist to win £500 to spend on further public engagement.

This June, there are a range of zones to get involved in, including zones for primary schools. Read more about all the zones.

Taking part is an enjoyable and easy way to get involved in STEM engagement. You'll develop your communication skills and gain a fresh perspective on your work, all while showing students that science and engineering roles can be for them.

“The format was so much fun to be involved in. The mix of science- and career-based questions along with those of a rather more off-beat nature kept it feeling dynamic and enjoyable.” David, IAS winner

"This experience has been extremely worthwhile. I feel I have learnt so much, especially when trying to communicate sometimes quite complex problems in understandable language” Stephanie, IAS winner

The next event is taking place 10-21 June, application deadline is 23 April 2019.


Apply for I’m a Scientist at

Apply for I'm an Engineer at


The impact reports from zones are always very positive - with students having a greater awareness of careers, greater aspiration to continue with science, and go away learning science, too. Scientists develop their communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on their work, and find out what young people think about science and the role of scientists.

There are multiple 'events' during the year. 

It's really easy and great experience! You don't have to leave your office, and you can do it anywhere:

Read about Priyanka Dhopade's (Engineering) experience.


For information on the what, why and how:


To apply:


Here's the engineering version: 














Take a look at a few researchers from the University of Oxford who have taken part:

Max Jamilly (Radcliffe Department of Medicine, DTC) Won Immune System Zone March 2018

Adam Hargreaves (Zoology)

Priyanka Dhopade (Engineering)

Cedric Tan (Zoology)

Charlotte Green (Radcliffe Dept of Medicine)