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This global campaign to share the excitement of computer science allows researchers to engage with the general public in a fun and accessible way.

  • School/Institute/Department: Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
  • Subjects: Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
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  • Status: Past

cs4fn is a global campaign to enthuse both students and others about inter-disciplinary computer science research. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) it is also supported by industry including Google, ARM and Microsoft. It consists of a free magazine sent twice yearly to schools, live interactive shows and a webzine that gained 14.9 million hits in the last year. cs4fn articles and shows present interdisciplinary computer science research in a fun, accessible and offbeat way.

cs4fn provides a unique channel for researchers to engage with the general public and communicate the excitement of their research. It provides a non-traditional way to make a big global impact.

Through our events at science festivals and in schools, participants have the opportunity to get actively involved in learning more deeply about the research by having a dialogue with the researchers themselves.

In addition to actually exciting people about the subject, as part of the cs4fn project we are investigating what works and what doesn't to enthuse people about computer science as well as science and engineering research more generally. This has led to a series of research publications disseminating our results.

Project directors

Paul Curzon
Peter McOwan
Jonathan Black

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