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Before Christmas 2017, Oxford Sparks ran a competition for a research group to be in with a chance of winning an opportunity to make an animation, for free.
The winning application would receive a two minute animation produced on their research, a teaching resources pack designed for secondary science teachers related to the animation, and promotion of the animation via their social media channels.
We had such a huge response that one winner wasn't enough - so we chose two and invited a further five groups to collaborate on other digital activities, such as Facebook LIVE.
The two successful candidates were:
1. the Oxford Drug Discovery Unit submitted by Keely Jones and John Davis (Medical Sciences Division), which will explore the research the unit is doing with drugs to beat Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Brooke Johnson from Earth Sciences (MPLS division), which will explore the interesting work done on exploring the Earth and life 1.4 billion years ago.
The winning applicants will now work with Oxford Sparks to produce their animations and will be launched later this year.
What is Oxford Sparks?
Oxford Sparks is a public-facing online project led by the MPLS Division that aims to bring alive the University's science research for wider public audiences. Through a diverse range of digital content and activities they:
  • Showcase and explain research
  • Show who researchers are and what they do
  • Provide a space to discuss and engage with research

You can see their full range of animations over at or find out more about producing an animation with them via: