IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival

IF Oxford captures interest in ‘science and ideas’ topics through educational projects and its quality October Festival. Events and long-term community programmes develop meaningful skills while sharing the positive impacts of innovation. Authentic connections with public audiences at the Festival increase science confidence and trust among adults and families in many venues across Oxford.

IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival

IF Oxford is a high-profile opportunity for people to explore innovative ideas and creative research. Combining science, technology, engineering and mathematics with arts, humanities and culture, IF Oxford brings together researchers, authors, creative professionals and community groups to share imaginative and thought‑provoking ideas with large public audiences across a number of public events taking place throughout October.

Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre has organised a number of events throughout the 2023 festival.

  1. Perceiving things differently: psychosis – A discussion surrounding psychosis featuring Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre Theme Lead, and Oxford University Prof. Paul Harrison .
  2. Tech worksmeet the experts at the heart of science and innovation in the city
  3. Science @ the Shops –  Take part in exciting activities for all ages and meet the people shaping tomorrow’s future today.
  • Perceiving things differently: psychosis

October 9 at 7:00pm, New Road Baptist Church, Bonn Square, Oxford, OX1 1LQ

What is psychosis?… you can explore it at this event with Kathy Sykes, in a friendly discussion with psychiatrist Paul Harrison and others who have experienced psychosis. Compare perspectives, share tips on supporting people with psychosis and explore signs and symptoms informed by the latest research.

Suitable for teenagers and adults.

You are welcome to stay beyond 8pm to continue conversations in a safe space.

Book your place here.

  • Tech Works

Saturday 14 October between 11:00-5:00 pm, Oxford Works, ARC Oxford, off Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2SU.

Meet the experts at the heart of science and innovation in the city. Activities at the tech works festival zone include:

Cutting-edge research
Have a go at cutting-edge science. Become a trainee surgeon and try your hands at surgery to discover more about the exciting research from two global medical research groups right here in Oxford.
Nuffield Dept of Surgical Sciences / Nuffield Dept of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford

Instructions to make you!
Your genes are the instructions to make you, but did you know that you have fewer genes than a potato? Find out how so few genes can make something as complicated and wonderful as a human!
Dept of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

Book your place here.

  • Science @ the Shops

Saturday 21 October at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Banks Court ,Templars Square shopping Centre, 129 Pound Way, Cowley, OX4 3XH

From geology to genetics and medicine to magic, there’s a science zone at Banks Court in Templars Square shopping centre. Take part in exciting activities for all ages and meet the people shaping tomorrow’s future today. Where might your shopping trip take you?

Suitable for ages 7 – 12, teenagers and adults.

There is no need to book.

Activities include:

Be part of research
Health and care research helps to find new and better treatments for future generations and can save lives. Learn how research is developing new medicines and vaccines, supporting mental health and improving disease diagnosis. Find out how you can take part in research studies near you. (Saturday only).
National Institute for Health and Care Research

Weight a moment!
Visit the Museum of Weight Change! See how people tried to lose weight through history (tapeworms?! eugh!) Bust some myths and find out how your gut talks to your brain. Help researchers tip the scales: what worked and what didn’t on your weight journey? (Saturday only).
Dept of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford.


For further information about any of these fantastic events please contact the event organiser Alexandra Almeida.

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Published: 3 October 2023