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Sign up now to be part of Science Together in 22/23! Work with local community groups to co-develop research projects that are grounded in local needs, interests and perspectives. No experience required, full training and support is provided and the projects are given a small seed fund to get them off the ground. Deadline 31st July 2022.

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.

This year’s programme has been a great success. The community groups currently involved are collaborating on a diverse range of topics with University researchers, 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…

In September 2022, Science Together will launch its second year, and we are looking for more researchers and public engagement support staff to join the programme. This programme is open to staff and graduate students at the 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.

To sign up to the programme please complete this short expression of interest. If you are interested in finding out more before you sign up, please contact Oli Moore for an informal chat: oliver.moore@mpls.ox.ac.uk