Science festivals are a fantastic opprotunity to get our science noticed by large numbers of people. In our public engagement work they connect us to three key audiences:
In the case of the Wow! How? event in Oxford's Natural History Museum, many of the visitors are family groups who have set out to disover more, drawn by a combination of science and the wonderful setting provided by the Museum.
By contrast, the Science in Your World and ATOM! events held in cenral Oxford and Abingdon, connect to people who are out to shop. This gives us a rare opportunity to get our science noticed by people who might not normally come and seek out a science event.
We are keen to reach out beyond the immediate neighbourhood of Oxford, and Oncology has been seen at festivals in Brighton, Newcastle, London, and Birmingham.
Science festivals are frenetic, exhilarating, chaotic and rewarding. You need good activities which can be absorbed in 5 mins, and good team-work to cover a six hour slot. Each conversation is different, since audiences range from ages 4-94. With footfalls of between 3000 and 40,000 people, they are a great way to get your message across to lots and lots of people.