We encourage our researchers to step ‘out of the ivory tower’ and challenge them to try new ways of engaging different audiences with their research. Our scientists hold public lectures and speak at informal venues. Psychology staff have contributed to the popular ‘Psychology in the Pub’ events in Oxford, designed to disseminate research and practice in a relaxed environment.
We have organised workshops and Sixth Form conferences for school students to give them a taste of university life. This provides an opportunity for Psychology staff and students to talk about their research and run hands-on workshops.
We have links to Science Oxford, the local branch of the British Science Association and other Oxfordshire science organisations and institutes, and work together on a number of public engagement projects. As such we support the annual Oxfordshire Science Festival and run a stall at the ‘Science in Your World’ event in Oxford City Centre.
The Brookes Science Bazaar, one of the Science Festival’s flagship events, attracts over 700 visitors in a single day and is hugely popular with children (and adults) of all ages. Psychology staff introduce visitors to the discipline through interactive sessions to demonstrate such things as reaction times and visual illusions.