Examples of our public engagement and outreach activities

In August 2016, the Dunn School hosted students from local secondary schools for a two-week placement as part of The STEM Apprentice Placements Programme run by Science Oxford in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council. This scheme provides young people the opportunity to visit work places and gain a varied insight into the life of a scientific department.

As part of British Science week (11-20 March 2016), a microbiology and immunology ‘space invaders’ science workshop was run by Sue-Mei Tan Wong and Claudia Riberio De Almeida (Proudfoot lab) at St. Nicholas primary school, Oxford.

 A fly genetics workshop was held at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 12th March 2016. Metta Pratt (Raff lab), assisted by Hélio Roque (Raff lab) and Susana Frago (Hassan lab), used several workstation events to demonstrate to children (4-12 years) how flies can be used to study genetics.

‘Marvellous Microbes and Fascinating Flora’, 23rd February 2016. Members of the Tang lab spent a day at Elmwood Primary School in Middleton, telling children about the discovery of microbes, diseases caused by bacteria, and how work at the Dunn School led to the development of penicillin.

Ulrike Gruneberg delivered a ‘Cells in the spotlight’ workshop at the Museum of Natural history (3rd Dec 2015) to inspire school children to consider University study and career options in Science.

A workshop encouraging young people from low-income families to apply to Oxbridge to study medicine was run by Chris Norbury and the Social Mobility Foundation (August 2015).

Jack Sunter (Gull lab) helped develop the practical research skills of students in Ghana after presenting at an infectious diseases workshop, 6 – 17 July 2015.

'Strategies for vaccines for the 21st century', Oxford Martin School, 4 December 2014. Talk by Susan Lea and Chris Tang, Co-Directors of the Oxford Martin Programme on Vaccines

Work in 2014 from Quentin Sattentau's lab suggesting that dry roasting peanuts may increase the risk of developing peanut allergies due to chemical changes caused by intense heat during the roasting process, featured widely in the media and on public health websites

Johanna Hoog (Gull lab) undertook a Wellcome Trust-funded placement at the BBC. You can read her tips to scientists on how to get their research featured by the broadcast industry in a post for the Wellcome Trust blog.

In collaboration with teachers, Keith Gull has produced a CD-based presentation for use in lessons to generate discussions about the science, ethics and morals of neglected disease.

We run the Sir William Dunn School for Pathology Art Award, a collaborative project with the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. Open to undergraduates and postgraduates at the Ruskin School, students submit site-specific work inspired by research at the Dunn School or by the School architecture.

The 2013 winner was Lara Bellenghi, and the 2014 joint winners were Emma Papworth and Julia Sklar. The 2015 joint winners were Eleanor Minney and Mariette Moor.