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IF: the new science and ideas festival, from the team that previously brought you the Oxfordshire Science Festival, will be taking place 11-22 October, and now is your chance to get involved.

IF is a high-profile opportunity for people to explore innovative ideas and creative research in and around our vibrant city. Combining science, technology, engineering and mathematics with arts and humanities, it brings together researchers, authors and creative professionals in a range of managed locations to share imaginative and thought‑provoking ideas with large public audiences

The festival are keen to work with academics, researchers, businesses, charities and community groups to build an exciting, innovative, high quality programme of events based around science and technology, social science, arts and humanities and are particularly interested in events that will combine and cut across these disciplines. 

There will be talks and debates, performances and exhibitions throughout the Festival, plus two busy weekends of hands-on activities and workshops in Oxford city centre and south-east Oxford.

IF will inspire intelligent conversations at locations across the city centre (11-19 October) and south-east Oxford (20-22 October), including Broad Street, Oxford Town Hall, Templars Square Shopping Centre, Littlemore, Blackbird Leys and more.

The participation fee is £500 (a hardship fund is available for those with a financial need).

The Festival can promote your event (eg, a workshop, discussion or performance) in the programme or you can choose to bring your hands-on activity to a Festival zone. They will provide support and training before the Festival and can manage ticketing, event recording and evaluation.

Expression of Interest now open

To get involved simply fill in the Expression of Interest Form and return by 30 April.


Open Meetings

IF open meetings for anyone wanting to know more about IF-Oxford:

Introduction / information meetings. All welcome. 1.5 hours (RSVP)

Oxford Centre for Innovation, New Road, OX1 1 BY

10.30am, Tue 6 March

Oxford Brookes University, Headington Road, OX3 0BP

2.30pm, Tues 13 March

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX

2.30pm, Wed 21 March

Medical Research Council, Harwell, OX11 0RD

10.30am, Mon 16 April

Looking for training, or just fancy it but not sure? 

Free training on developing hands-on activities for festivals (26 Feb), and a session on developing two-way engagement (21 March) are available.

If you have any questions, the Festival Team are a helpful bunch so don't hesitate to contact them, or if you would like to book a one-to-one session with Public Engagement Facilitator, Michaela, email to book.