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‘Explore Science Together’ - connecting Oxford’s community through Science


The Department of Computer Science is involved with an exciting initiative connecting the knowledge of Oxford’s community groups with the expertise of researchers from Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University to engage with major issues and questions impacting the lives of local people.

A day of free, interactive workshops, activities and demonstrations, showcasing innovative new collaborations between researchers and community groups in Oxford – from making sustainable paint with natural materials to exploring the relationship between science, technology and hip hop.

Science on the Sofa offers a chance to find out all about Science Together – an exciting new programme, connecting the knowledge of Oxford’s community groups to the expertise of researchers based at the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, to collaborate on responses to major issues and questions impacting the lives of local people. Learn more about the people and projects involved, join us in celebrating their achievements so far, and find out how you could get involved with Science Together in future years.

One such project, the Leys CDI (Leys Community Development Initiative) want an app to help the young people they work with better connect with the services available to them. However, rather than developing this independently they have enabled the young people to lead the development – to prioritise collaborative research and user-centred design. Through workshops with university computer science researchers, including Senior Researcher Jun Zhao, the young people of Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys are co-developing and building the app for their peers.

Join researchers and community members in conversation with Science Together host, Oli Moore, for an enlightening night at the museum. This relaxed event, with free refreshments, brings together Oxford researchers and facilitators, and representatives from the eight local Oxford community groups involved, ranging from Barton coLAB for teens to Daybreak, an inclusive scheme for those with dementia. There will also be a chance to ask questions.

Please note that advance registration is required. This event will also be livestreamed.

Join the fun and discovery in a series of short, interactive drop-in sessions led by the eight collaborations involved. Everyone is welcome!


Title: Explore Science Together

Venue: University of Oxford Museum of Natural History

Date: 7 June 2022

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: Free

Booking required: No, drop in anytime

Further information: Please see the schedule of activities on the day here: Science Together


Title: Science on the Sofa

Venue: University of Oxford Museum of Natural History

Date: 7 June 2022

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: Free

Booking required: Please register in advance to join us in person, at:

If you prefer to register by email, please contact the Science Together team at  To join us remotely, via the livestream, please see details coming here: Science Together