Celebrating science with space-themed carnival

18 October 2019

Researchers worked with young people and community groups in Oxford to design and build colourful creations inspired by our exciting space-related science for this year’s Cowley Road Carnival, thanks to funding from STFC.

The carnival takes place every year and regularly attracts 50,000 people. This year’s event, which was held on 7th July 2019, had the theme of ‘Space is the Place’ and celebrated the exciting work being carried out by scientists in and around Oxford, and commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing in July 1969.

The organiser of the annual carnival, Cowley Road Works, joined with the Department to connect four local community groups with four groups of Oxford researchers. These groups then worked with artists to create four space-themed carnival structures for the procession. The community groups involved represented a cross-section of people facing barriers to participation in science and who are under-represented within STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.

Researchers also attended the Carnival to join in with the celebrations and carnival visitors were able to observe the sun and ‘draw the universe’ on the Oxford Physics stall.