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Public Engagement with Research describes the many ways that members of the public can be involved in the design, conduct and dissemination of research. High-quality engagement is a two-way process with the goal of generating mutual benefit between the public and researchers and ultimately enhancing the quality or impact of research.

© Christopher Wood

Opportunities to get involved

Opportunities to get involved in public engagement are advertised in the RDM Weekly Bulletin. If you have an idea or would like to learn more about public engagement, please get in touch with RDM Communications.

Some examples of recent public engagement events that RDM Researchers took part in include:

The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

MRC Festival of Medical Research

The Oxfordshire Science Festival


Public engagement and communications training is delivered centrally by the University. You can view upcoming training courses on the University’s Public Engagement pages. Are we missing anything out? Get in touch with RDM Communications if there is a training course you think we should be providing. 



Oxford Sparks

Oxford Sparks provides an online platform to share the scientific research that takes place at the University with wider public audiences through high-quality animations and podcasts. Researchers who are interested collaborating with Oxford Sparks to create a short animation or podcast about their research should contact RDM Communications.

Lay Summary Guidelines

Putting together a lay summary for a grant application? We have compiled some hints and tips.

Pathways to Impact

Hints and tips to help you get started writing your Pathways to Impact statement. Please contact Ruth McCaffrey for support well in advance of your grant deadline.