The first ever Outreach Development Day

24 July 2018

Overall there were 72 members of the Department who took part or contributed to the activities during the Outreach Development Day on 20th April 2018.

It was an opportunity for researchers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for physics outreach to share best practice with others in the Department.

The day began with a ‘Storytelling skills for scientists’ training session by Robert Holtom. At lunchtime there was a hands-on showcase of activities and demonstrations from a number of departmental outreach initiatives, including:

  • Particle Physics Festival Stall
  • NQIT Festival Stall
  • Oxford Optics and Photonics Society
  • Primary school workshops
  • Quantum Materials’ Levitate and more!
  • Oxford Hands-on Society
  • VR demonstrations

This was followed by a rolling programme of talks:

  • The International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Sandor Kruk)
  • Selecting and preparing British students for international competition
  • Girls exploring physics: How can we help address the gender imbalance? (Kathryn Boast)
  • SciComm with Fan Fiction: Creative writing with physics. Engaging new audiences through pop culture (Samuel Henry)
  • Public Engagement as a Pathway to Impact: what you need to know? (Michaela Livingstone-Banks)
  • Strategic PE for your research group (Hannah Rowlands)
  • My adventures in PE (Alexy Karenowska)

The day ended with a celeration drinks and networking with special thanks going to the following students for their contributions to Departmental outreach:

Fran Kirschner - Lincoln College
Sandor Kruk - Merton College
Augustus Porter - Pembroke College
Joe Hitchen - Hertford College
Helena Cotterill - Brasenose College
Sergio Martin Alvarez - Christ Church College
David Macdougal - Mansfield College
Susie Wright - Worcester College
Kathryn Boast - St Peters College