Taking research to festivals - an overview
24 October 2018
Public Engagement - opportunity Public Engagement - report
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Public Engagement with Research: Festivals & Events for Researchers to Engage the Public
- Festivals offer an excellent opportunity to engage the public with your research including those that are new to engagement, as you can focus on the content of your activity while the festival organisers look after attracting an audience and much of the logistics, such as venue hire and ticketing.
- The matrix below provides a list of the key festivals that take place in and around Oxford and includes some national festivals. Please note that calls for participation and contributions often happen well in advance of the event date – you need to check the website for more details.
- Some festivals charge a participation fee (to cover the costs of festival staff, venue hire and marketing etc.) and this, together with your activity development costs, can be included in some external grant applications such as Research Council Pathways to Impact and Wellcome Public Engagement Enrichment. There are also internal grant schemes you can apply to or you may be able to secure funds from your department. Some festivals also offer the opportunity to apply for small grants to develop your activity.
|Festival/ Event||Key Theme||Location||Timing||Target Audience||Website|
|Ashmolean Live Fridays||Different themes||Ashmolean Museum, Oxford||Occasional throughout the year; Friday evenings||Mixed audiences including young adults & students||Live Friday|
|Being Human Festival||Various themes around the humanities||Nationwide||November||Adults, young people & families||Being Human Festival|
|Big Bang Fair||Science, Engineering, Technology & Maths; includes STEM careers||Birmingham NEC or London Excel||March||Secondary school pupils & families||Big Bang Fair|
|British Science Week||Science, Engineering, Technology & Maths||Nationwide||March||Families & school children||British Science Week|
|Cheltenham Literature Festival||Literature & books||Cheltenham||October||Adults, young adults & families||Cheltenham Literature Festival|
|Cheltenham Science Festival||
Science, Technology & Maths
|Cheltenham||June||Adults, young people, families & schools||Cheltenham Science Festival|
|ESRC Festival of Social Science||Social Sciences||Nationwide||November||Adults, young people, families & schools||ESRC Festival of Social Science|
|Green Man Festival – Einstein’s Garden Science Stalls||Nature, art & science||Brecon Beacons, South Wales||August||Adults, young adults & families||Einstein's Garden|
|Hay Festival||Literature & books||Hay on Wye||May/ June||Adults, young people, students, young writers & professionals||Hay Festival|
|New Scientist Live||Humans, engineering, technology, earth and the cosmos||ExCeL, London||September/ October||Adults, young people, families & schools||New Scientist Live|
|IF Oxford Festival of Science & Ideas||Science-focused alongside the arts, humanities & social sciences||Oxford||October||Adults, teenagers & families||IF Oxford Festival|
|Oxford Festival of Nature||Nature, recycling & renewable energy||Oxford||June||Adults, young people & families||Oxford Festival of Nature|
|Oxford Festival of the Arts||Arts & Humanities||Oxford||June/ July||Adults, young people & families||Oxford Festival of the Arts|
|Oxford Literary Festival||Literature & books||Oxford||March||Adults, young people & families||Oxford Literary Festival|
|Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition||Cutting edge science||The Royal Society, London||July||Adults, young people & families||Royal Society Summer Science|
If you would like support in developing your public engagement plans you can arrange a meeting with Public Engagement Facilitator, Michaela Livingstone-Banks, by emailing email@example.com.
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