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Email from the Public Engagement team 20th November 2015

The University of Oxford will be a Principal Sponsor of the Oxfordshire Science Festival 2016 and has secured a small seed fund to support development of new activities.

The Oxfordshire Science Festival (OSF) will take place from 23 June to 3 July 2016, and includes many of the tried and tested events such as town centre fairs and talks, but will also introduce some new events and formats including street busking and theme days. As part of the University’s continuing commitment to widen engagement with the public, we’re keen to support a greater number of researchers from all divisions and departments to participate.

OSF provides the opportunity to deliver a variety of engagement activities, from interactive stalls at the city-centre fair, to debates and more innovative formats. As a Principal Sponsor of the OSF, the University has secured up to 15 stalls (which can be indoor or outdoor) and 7 programme slots for events, talks and debates.

For the 2016 Festival, the University will also be offering a small seed fund (offering grants from £250 to £1000 each) to support researchers in the development and delivery of new public engagement with science activities for the Festival. These grants will be available to researchers from all disciplines for development of public engagement with science activities (which can include science, social science and exploring the societal impacts and history of science). The seed fund will be prioritised for those who do not have an earmarked fund for public engagement within their units or departments.

For full details on how to apply read the Oxford Sparks website.