Our researchers share their work with non-academic audiences through varied activities. We regularly take part in local events including the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival, Oxford Open Doors and the Curiosity Carnival, which was part of European Researchers' Night. We also visit schools and colleges throughout the region to engage with students and teachers.
The process of public engagement - open, two-way conversations about what we do and why - helps to build interest, understanding and appreciation of scientific research and helps academics to better fit their work to the expectations of wider society.
If you are interested in public engagement activities email Sophia Wilkinson to find out how you can get involved. The Medical Sciences Division researchers' toolkit includes a range of public engagement resources.
WHAT IS PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT?
"Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit."
National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement
NDPH PUBLIC ADVISORY PANEL
Research participants offer valuable insights into the running of studies in which they are involved. The NDPH Public Advisory Panel provides advice and guidance on the department’s research from initial study proposals to ways in which research findings may be used to improve health.