Science Oxford is the public-facing part of The Oxford Trust – an independent charitable trust that was founded in 1985 by entrepreneurs Sir Martin and Audrey, Lady Wood.

The Trust’s mission is to encourage and facilitate the study, application and communication of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Oxford Trust runs programmes running across three key objectives – the 3Es:

  • Enterprise – To support economic growth by encouraging innovation.
  • Education – To inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and maths.
  • Engagement – To encourage people of all ages to engage with how scientific research impacts their lives.

Through Science Oxford and the Science Oxford Centre we deliver our education and engagement strategies.

To find out more visit www.theoxfordtrust.co.uk


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Inspiring young people about STEM

We want to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators through our schools programmes.

Our team of education professionals delivers innovative education programmes that enrich the primary and secondary curricula in schools.

Our Science Oxford Centre welcomes schools during term time from Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to explore, discover and play in the Exploration Zone and woodland and participate in a series of school workshops and shows.

Every year, across the region, we deliver schools outreach to between 15-20,000 pupils in over 200 schools. Over 100 primary schools participate in our BIG Science Event annually and 40 secondary schools participate in our Young Scientists of the Year awards.

We work in partnership with like-minded organisations who share our mission and objectives.

Science Oxford provides a comprehensive package of support for teachers of STEM subjects to enable them to inspire their pupils. We provide CPD training for around 300 every year.

Our STEM Careers programme provides information, guidance and experience for 13-19 year-olds, to support them in making informed decisions about careers in STEM.

We also inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators by building networks between businesses and schools.

Public Engagement

The Oxford Trust engages with the wider public through its Science Oxford programmes.

Through Science Oxford, the Trust encourages people of all ages to engage with how scientific research and discoveries impact on us and the world around us through interactive activities for families at the Science Oxford Centre plus a range of Saturday Clubs, holiday science camps and workshops an events for children and young people.

We work in partnership with like-minded organisations who share our mission and objectives.

We also co-ordinate the regional hub for The Presenters Network, a nationwide networking resource for presenters in STEM and cultural organisations.

We make connections between researchers, educators, business people and the public; to inspire, engage and inform them and therefore catalyse innovation and support for science in our region.