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Sign up by 12pm on Monday 26 September 2022 to be part of Science Together with the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University and collaborate with exciting local community groups this academic year! Staff and graduate students at all career stages are welcome.

University researchers are interviewed alongside hip-hop artist Rawz as part of the Explore Science Together event at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. © Photo credit John Cairns

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.

Our pilot year in 2021/22 was a great success. The community groups involved were collaborating with us on a diverse range of topics, from the evolution of hip-hop technology, to the importance of freeform play for children, the potential of wearable tech for dementia sufferers, and much more besides.

WHO's It FOR?

We are now looking for researchers and public engagement support staff to join the programme for its second year, running from September 2022 till August 2023.

We have six great community groups already on board and keen to work with you on projects that really matter to them.

Join us in working with these local groups and organisations, to co-develop research projects that are grounded in local needs, interests and perspectives. No experience is required, full training and support are provided, and each Science Together project is given a small seed fund to get off the ground.

Based in the MPLS Divisional Office at the University of Oxford, this programme is open to staff and graduate students at the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. No background in public engagement or community engagement is required, just a willingness to try something new, and work with people from diverse backgrounds who share a common passion for improving the lives of people who live and work in and around Oxford. 

We will support you throughout the process as you connect with the community groups, and then identify how your research skills, knowledge and resources may bring the community's research proposal to life.

How to register

To sign up to get involved in Science Together this year, please complete this short expression of interest by 12pm on Monday 26 September 2022 at the latest.

If you are interested in finding out more before you sign up, please contact Rachel Ashwanden for an informal chat: rachel.ashwanden@mpls.ox.ac.uk