Find the latest updates of public engagement news, opportunities, funding, and more.
Engaging Young Minds: Students Connect with Physicists at 'I'm a Scientist... Get me out of Here' Physics Zone
In March 2023, the 'I'm a Scientist... Get me out of Here' Physics Zone took place, providing an exciting opportunity for students across the UK to engage with physicists from various backgrounds and explore the wonders of physics based on their own interests.
Working with the University's Garden's Libraries and Museums to engage the public: A Toolkit for Researchers
7 October 2022
If you're interested in finding out what public engagement with research the University's Gardens Libraries and Museums can offer and support, this toolkit is for you; whether you're a researcher or supporting researchers.
A team from the Radcliffe Department of Medicine took their research to Glastonbury during the summer; they made use of tables and gazebos we can offer to support your engagement.
The University's annual PER Seed Fund supports a range of engagement activities - the scheme usually opens towards autumn so why not take a look at these for some inspiration and start getting your ideas ready.
17 August 2021
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".
Congratulations to Dr Peter Hatfield (Physics): awarded MPLS Impact Award for Public Engagement with Research
28 June 2021
Peter Hatfield, Hintze Research Fellow in the Department of Physics has been awarded the MPLS Impact Award in the Public Engagement with Research category for his work with the Institute for Research in Schools.
Congrats to Julia and Sofia on a successful application to the Departmental Capacity Seed Fund. You can read their project overview here. Applications for this have now closed, but watch this space for news on how this scheme may run in the future.
Julien Carponcy (MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit), Joy Todd (GLAM Division) and Jozie Kettle (Pitt Rivers Museum) were awarded £12,000 to support people with motor-related neurological conditions (such as Parkinson’s, and their families and carers) to work with researchers, engineers, and artists/fashion designers to create their own aesthetically pleasing mobility solutions, and to empower them to manage their day to day lives, inspired and provoked by collections from the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Jacob Ward (formerly Mathematical Institute) worked with the Bodleian Library on the project that aimed to diversify the voices writing the future by inviting young people to collaborate with science and humanities researchers and a ‘writer in residence’.
Shamit Shrivastava (formerly Engineering Science), Kelly Richards and Carly Smith-Huggins (Museum of Natural History) created a pop-up experience in communities in Oxford, targeting young people (10-13) and their families. A free kit of ‘do-at-home’ experiments and investigations was given out, providing a way to connect with researchers, and to visit the Museum of Natural History to share what they’ve learned and discovered.
Ken Amor and Sarah Lloyd (Museum of Natural History) were awarded £5,000 with the aim of working with year 11 and 12 teenagers to explore the science of the IPCC reports and reinterpret them, with the support of researchers and museum collections and staff, by creating their own ‘report’ (written, video, art or performance), and sharing this report with policy and decision-makers.
A total of 21 projects have been funded through the 2020/21 PER Seed Fund, including 2 from MPLS. You can take a look at the funded projects for inspiration and ideas, ready for the next round that will open in Autumn.
1 October 2020
The Department of Physics recently hosted Dr Martin Archer, Stephen Hawking fellow in space physics and public engagement at Imperial College London to talk about what we know about what factors affect STEM aspirations, what's likely to impact aspirations, before talking through a case study of a project he's been involved in.
In 2020 summer term, as schools closed down due to the corona virus pandemic, Cowley Road Works facilitated projects to bring together researchers and school students in an engagement project for children to access from their homes. Originally envisaged as a project to bring research to life as part of the Carnival in July, here we report how the modified online project went.
14 August 2020
Seven projects from Medical Sciences and MPLS have been awarded funding in Round 2 of the Enriching Engagement grant scheme. They join the six Round 1 projects awarded in November 2019. Have a read of the project summaries for a bit of inspiration.
19 February 2020
UKRI recently announced the projects funded through their place-based and citizen science funding schemes. Three grants led by Oxford researchers have been funded, with a further two supported by Oxford. Congratulations! Read the project descriptions here.
Dr. Annaleise Depper (Evaluation Officer, Public Engagement with Research) at the University of Oxford shares the results and findings from an evaluation of Planet Hunters conducted in 2019.
18 February 2020
The list of project summaries for this year's PER Seed Fund projects are now available - 23 projects were funded in total, seven from MPLS researchers. Take a look, for inspiration and ideas.
The popular citizen science project, Galaxy Zoo, went super-sized at this year’s Oxford Christmas Light Festival (Friday 15 – Saturday 16 November 2019). Crowds of visitors to the vibrant annual seasonal celebration got a taste of the astronomical by helping researchers describe hundreds of images of galaxies, projected at massive scale onto to the buildings in Bonn Square. Here is a taste of the project.