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Oxford University – Explore Science Together – see how local community groups have been collaborating with university researchers

May 26, 2022

Explore Science Together – 7 June 2022

Join us during the museum’s public opening hours for the chance to participate in eight interactive workshops, activities and demonstrations, ranging from making sustainable paint from sustainable materials, exploring the evolution of hip-hop, creating your own app, and much more.

Each session will be led by one of the local organisations that have been collaborating with university researchers this year, with opportunities to get hands-on, learn more and provide feedback to help take the work-in-progress projects to the next level.

All activities are free of charge and take place at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

This short video gives an introduction to the Explore Science Together event.

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Time Activity Location
10:30-11:15am Natural pigment-making demo [live stream available]
Learn how to turn sustainably sourced, natural materials – such as local hedgerow offcuts – into beautiful pigments in this cookery style demo with Watlington Climate Action Group member and artist Jules Bishop. This activity is suitable for anyone aged 7+ who is interested in art, nature and conservation.
Lecture Theatre
10:30-11:30am Accessible arts workshop from Daybreak. Experience the beneficial impact of this art workshop. Dementia friendly. Everyone welcome. Annexe
12 – 1pm App-making workshop from Leys Community Development Initiative*
12 – 5pm Bike locking demos and info. Come and chat with Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and learn more about how to keep your bike safe. This informative drop-in activity is geared towards adult cyclists. Front Lawn
12 – 5pm Free play! Explore the power of play with Oxfordshire Play Association. This fun and friendly drop-in activity is for children, families and the young at heart! Front Lawn
2 – 3pm This talk explores the technological advances in music creation which led to, and were driven by the advent of Hip Hop, and how key pieces of technology from the various eras have influenced human creativity. Artists from Inner Peace Records worked with techniques and technology from the past to make something entirely new. Adults and children aged 11+ will get the most out of this talk. Presentation by Rawz: Founder, Director and Lead Practitioner at Urban Music Foundation. Lecture Theatre
2 – 3pm Natural paint-making workshop from Watlington Climate Action Group*
Come and have a go at making sustainable paint out of naturally sourced pigments. This activity is suitable for anyone aged 7+ who is interested in art, nature and conservation.
3:30 – 4:30pm Could you survive a volcanic winter? See if you’ve got what it takes!
People of all ages are welcome at this drop-in family-friendly, interactive event designed by the young producers and Barton coLAB team. This activity is perfect for families with school age children.
3:30 – 4:30pm Young people with disabilities from KEEN have been working together with researchers and academics on Game On! to facilitate communication and self expression – using a boardgame! Come to this accessible session, play a round and learn more about it. All welcome. Seminar Room

* Please note that spaces for these sessions are limited.


In the evening, guests will have the chance to find out more about each collaboration from the researchers, community groups and service users involved, in ‘Science on the Sofa’ – a candid conversation hosted by Science Together facilitator, Oli Moore. This event is free, but ticketed. For those unable to join this reception in person, the conversation will also be livestreamed.

Since September 2021, eight research projects, involving 33 scientists from across the two universities, have been developed with groups ranging from Barton coLAB for teens, to Daybreak, an inclusive scheme for those with dementia – and covering themes such as tackling under-reported bike crime, facilitating communication for people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and researching the impact of freeform play on young people’s development.

Come and meet the people involved and find out more about the progress they have been making together.

To join us in person for ‘Science on the Sofa’, please register on Eventbrite.

To join us via Livestream please connect to our YouTube channel.


If you have any questions about this event, please contact oliver.moore@mpls.ox.ac.uk or rachel.ashwanden@mpls.ox.ac.uk


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