Stream 2: Making a difference

Below you will find further details about each of the sessions at the conference. Please make a note of the sessions you wish to attend from each of the three streams, and then go to Booking information to find out how to sign up. You can view a full timetable here.

Stream 1: Tackling major challenges

Stream 2: Making a difference

 Stream 3: Thinking creatively about your development 

Engaging the public with Oxford's research: Curiosity Carnival

1.40 – 2.15pm 
Presenters: Dr Lesley Paterson (Head, Public Engagement with Research, Research Services)
Lecture Theatre 4

Part of European Researchers' Night, Curiosity Carnival was an amazing day and night that brought together hundreds of researchers with thousands of public visitors to celebrate and debate the research that takes place at Oxford and how it impacts our lives. This session will showcase the highlights of this event; inspire you with creative ideas for your own engagement events and activities; share the key evaluation findings; and provide an update on what happens next.

Research showcase: Brain Diaries: bringing neuroscience to the public

2.25 – 3pm 
Presenters: Prof Holly Bridge (Royal Society University Research Fellow, NDCN) and Janet Stott (Deputy Director and Head of Public Engagement at Oxford University Museum of Natural History)
 Lecture Theatre 2
Public Engagement with Research: how GLAM and researchers worked together to develop an exhibition and programme of events. The Brain Diaries was an exhibition and series of events revealing how the latest neuroscience is transforming what we know about the lifelong development of our brains, from birth to the end of life. It was developed in partnership by the Museum of Natural History and Oxford Neuroscience. Hear about the project from the different perspectives of the research group and the museum.

Research showcase: Where is the UK's relationship with China heading?

2.25 – 3pm 
Presenter: Dr Paul Irwin Crookes (Senior Lecturer in the International Relations of China)
Lecture Theatre 4
Where is the UK’s relationship with China heading? With experience of working and living in Beijing during his time in the international IT industry, followed by academic research on EU-China relations, China’s capabilities in advanced technology, and the development of international regimes Dr Paul Irwin Crookes outlines some of the possibilities, and gives us his opinion.

Research showcase: Creative Multilingualism

3.30 - 4.05pm 

Presenters: Professor Katrin Kohl (Professor of German Literature, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages)

Lecture Theatre 2

There is more to languages than their practical benefits for communicative transactions. Languages are our key medium for self-expression, and as such they are at the heart of individual and collective cultural identity. Creative Multilingualism is an interdisciplinary project which will direct the spotlight on the value of linguistic diversity, and it will use creativity as the focus for rethinking that value.

Entrepreneurship across the University

3.30 – 4.50pm 
Presenter: Leah Thompson (Project Officer, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team, Research Services)
Lecture Theatre 4
How does the University support staff and students to develop their entrepreneurial skills? And how does it all fit together? There is support for entrepreneurship across the University from Careers Service and Enterprising Oxford to Oxford University Innovation and the Saïd Business School, not to mention the new Oxford Foundry and the divisions. We’ve gathered them all in one room to talk about what they offer, how they work together and answer your questions.