People Powered Science: Event at the Royal Society, 21st May 2015

Professor Sally Shuttleworth, Professor Chris Lintott and Dr Berris Charnley will be discussing ‘People Powered Science: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries” at a free event at the Royal Society on Thursday 21st May 2015.

Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30 start. The event is free to attend and no booking is required. Full details are available on the Royal Society website

The audio recording of the event is now available here.

Chris Lintott’s new video on amateur scientists

Professor Chris Lintott’s video on citizen science, explaining how anyone can contribute to scientific knowledge features in ‘Citizen science is making scientists of everyone‘ (The Guardian 10 March 2015)

This film is part of the ‘Science Stories series, celebrating 350 years of scientific publishing by the Royal Society.




Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century – Seminars in Trinity Term 2015


Our programme for Trinity Term 2015 is now announced, with three seminars taking place at St Anne’s College.

Drinks will be served after each seminar and all are welcome.

Wednesday 13th May 2015 (Week 3)

Lee Macdonald, University of Leeds

‘The magnificent services which it has rendered to science’: astronomy and meteorology at Kew Observatory

5.30 – 7.00, Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College

Wednesday 27th May 2015 (Week 5)

Matthew Paskins, University of Leeds & The Open University

For the Sake of a Dibbling Stick: the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and inventive communities, 1800-1830

5.30 – 7.00, Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College

Wednesday 10th June 2015 (Week 7)

Rachel Bowlby, Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

Commuters: From the Nineteenth Century to Now

5.30 – 7.00, Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College

Zooniverse project calls on the public to reveal Victorian natural history

Zooniverse unveils its latest project called Science Gossip which is an investigation into the making and communication of science in both the Victorian period and today. This project is born from a collaboration between an Arts and Humanities Research Council project in the UK, called ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’ (ConSciCom) and the Missouri Botanical Garden who provide content from the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL).

The publication of books and periodicals are key locations for knowledge about the natural world. The BHL has digitized millions of pages of historic literature on biodiversity from the 1400s to today. Hidden within these pages is a wealth of illustrations that you can help identify, classify and correlate. Help us unlock these illustrative treasures by adding your own observations to these images. Let us know who created them, their subject matter and any particular species they portray. Having a better understanding of the range of individuals who made science through their images will help us ascertain what constituted a nineteenth century citizen scientist. This is the first Zooniverse project where citizen scientists are both the researchers and subject of the research.