Oxford is a vibrant city which is home to a diverse population of local residents. We work in collaboration with community groups to explore physics through an exciting range of activities to help enhance the life of the region. This has included the Barton Community Association, KEEN, a charity that supports people with additional support needs and Homeless Oxfordshire.

A number of highlights include:

DNA Dance

DNA Dance was designed to test a new approach to public engagement with research. The idea was for participants from local community groups to devise a dance performance inspired by our DNA Self-Assembly research, through a series of structured workshops led by a choreographer (Manuela Benini). The project was funded by the University’s Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund, and was a collaboration between the Department Of Physics, KEEN Oxford and The Royal Ballet School.

Space is the Place

The organiser of the annual Cowley Road Carnival, Cowley Road Works, joined with the Department of Physics 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 careers.