The Department of Oncology’s ‘Evolution of Cancer’ board game receives press coverage

Dr Martin Christlieb, the Department of Oncology’s Public Engagement Manager, was interviewed live on BBC Radio Oxford on Thursday 15th May. The item, aired on the Malcolm Boyden show, featured Martin’s ‘Evolution of Cancer’ board game, which he uses as a public engagement tool in schools and at events around the country.

The board game was also featured in the March issue of the University of Oxford Blueprint staff magazine as part of an article focusing on Martin and the work he does to promote the public understanding of the complex science of cancer.

What Martin and his colleagues have been keen to do is introduce the board game to schools as a teaching resource, so that teachers can use it to explain what cancer is and how it works, and introduce their students to a twenty-first century vision of cancer. In doing so, it is hoped that students will begin thinking about how they too can start making a difference to that picture of cancer.

Martin commented: 

Schools have been very positive that we have come with interactive resources and like the fact that we didn’t come in and just talk”.

The board game and other resources are available on the Times Education Supplement teaching resource website.

Martin’s radio interview can be heard on the BBC Radio Oxford website, while available as a ‘listen again’ programme. The feature starts 1h 7m into the programme.

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