Dr Chris Lintott has been interviewed for Radio Shropshire on the history of citizen science and the present day Zooniverse projects at Oxford. The interview is available here and starts at 02:40.35. To become a citizen scientist and contribute to the current projects, which include exploring the surface of the Moon and monitoring penguins in Antarctica, visit the Zooniverse website.
The Constructing Scientific Communities team will be taking part in Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities taking place nationwide between 15-23 November 2014.
This event is run by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. Over 30 institutions will be taking part in the first national festival to showcase current humanities research.
The project team will be running two free events, one in Leicester and one in Oxford. To book, please click on the links below.
‘Conversations on Nature’ in Leicester
On Tuesday 18th November at 5.30 p.m. in the Special Collections room in the University of Leicester Library we will be holding a conversazione which highlights the excellent collections of periodicals and Victorian communications technologies at Leicester and the Natural History Museum (London). Come and browse through the beauty of Victorian natural history illustrations, and experience a recreation of a magic lantern show! To book your free ticket, please click here.
‘People Power’ in Oxford
On Thursday 20th November from 7-9pm at the Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, the ‘People Power’ event will demonstrate through talks, quizzes and interactive sessions how members of the public have contributed to science and medicine in the 19th and 21st centuries. To book your free ticket, please click here.
Dr Will Abberley will be talking on how the Victorians’ relationships with their pets led to scientific developments. While at the ‘Unbelievable Truth of Medical History’ stall, visitors will be invited to sort fact from fiction in the history of medicine!
Bringing citizen science right up to date, the Zooniverse team will be showing visitors how today’s citizen scientists are making vital contributions to the humanities and science by taking part in a large number of online projects including exploring space, venturing to the depths of the ocean floor, classifying animals in the Serengeti and analysing the diaries of World War 1 soldiers.
For further information, the full Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities programme is available here
Constructing Scientific Communities will be participating in the Natural History Museum’s evening science festival, Science Uncovered on Friday 26th September. The annual festival is part of European Researcher’s Night which takes place across hundreds of cities all over Europe.
Team member Dr. Geoff Belknap will be speaking on his soapbox, tackling the question: “do you need to be a professional to be a scientist?”. The Zooniverse team will also be on hand to introduce visitors to the wide range of citizen science projects they host.
Admission is free!