Get involved with Science Together, deadline 31 July
17 June 2022
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Sign up now to be part of Science Together in 22/23! Work with local community groups to co-develop research projects that are grounded in local needs, interests and perspectives. No experience required, full training and support is provided and the projects are given a small seed fund to get them off the ground.
Launched in 2021, Science Together is an exciting new programme, connecting Oxford’s community groups with researchers from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University to respond to major issues and questions impacting the lives of local people. These research projects are defined by the community groups, and have practical outcomes that address particular challenges or opportunities they have identified for people who live and work in Oxfordshire.
The programme is now inviting expressions of interest from researchers and public engagement support staff to be involved in the 2022-23 programme.
In 2021-22, eight research projects, involving 33 scientists from across the two universities, have been developed with groups ranging from Barton coLAB for teens, to Daybreak, an inclusive scheme for those with dementia – and covering themes such as tackling under-reported bike crime, facilitating communication for people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and researching the impact of freeform play on young people’s development.
Professor David De Roure (Engineering Science), said: ‘This has been a brilliant collaboration – it’s inspired me to look at things in new ways, have new conversations and get some excellent insights. I don’t think this could have happened any other way – it’s been a unique and rewarding experience.’
The programme involves taking part in some initial workshops through October (dates TBC) where you will receive training and guidance in community engagement, a chance to network with a diverse range of local organisations and start to develop ideas for projects, which will then be funded and supported to deliver.
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