New! #OxEngage talks on medical topics at the John Radcliffe Hospital

oxengageThis term we are pleased to deliver the #OxEngage Programme further afield with two sessions particularly relevant to the Medical Sciences hosted at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Places are limited, so please book.

Bringing Science Alive with Animation – a case study from Oxford Sparks
Wed 17 Feb 2-3pm
George Pickering Lecture Theatre 2
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Oxford Sparks brings to life the University’s science research for public non-specialist audiences by creating engaging digital media. This includes developing quirky, fun and informative animations that to date have been watched over 165,000 times. In this session we will present our journey from creation to dissemination, including finding animators and what to expect by illuminating how the animations process typically works by showing a case study of the creation of our latest animation. So far our animations have taken our audiences on journeys around the LHC, into the brain, to absolute zero, to planets in other solar systems and into the depths of our planet to find out how volcanoes work. Our latest animation, What Makes You Tick, is on the topic of circadian rhythms and is inspired by the TeenSleep project.

Wikipedia as a public health intervention
Wed 24 Feb 2-3.30pm
George Pickering Lecture Theatre 2
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This is a look under the bonnet of Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia, and at how medical professionals and volunteers are using it to provide evidence-based information about health and medicine to billions of people. Wikipedia is one of the top ten web sites and also one of the top ten referrers to the scholarly literature. It has a distinctive open publication process in which quality review is continuous and every reader is a potential remixer. This workshop looks at the issue of quality in Wikipedia, and at attempts to integrate it with scholarly publication.

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