Old Weather: Citizen Scientists in the 19th and 21st Centuries

Old Weather: Citizen Scientists in the 19th and 21st Centuries, by Professor Sally Shuttleworth, has been published in the Spring 2015 issue of the Science Museum Group Journal. The article is available here.

Orchid Observers featured in BBC Earth

The recently launched Orchid Observers project has been featured in an article for BBC Earth. The article is available here. To become a citizen scientist on the project and contribute to research on climate change, please visit the Orchid Observers website.

Twilight Science at the Royal Society, 29 June 2015

Come and meet the Constructing Scientific Communities team at the Royal Society’s Twilight Science evening on Monday 29 June 2015, which is part of an exciting programme of events for the Summer Science Exhibition . The evening will feature interactive exhibits and events and the team will be recreating a Victorian conversazione with a magic lantern show! Full details of the event  are available on the Royal Society website.

Entry is free and no booking is required. Please note that Twilight Science  is for adults, as the Royal Society are running events for children during the Summer Science Exhibition week.

People Powered Science

Science has escaped from the laboratory. It lives on our television screens and newspaper pages. Much of this modern, capital ‘S’ Science, is conducted using very big and very complex scientific instruments; the Large Hadron Collider and the European Extremely Large Telescope announce their importance in their names. These instruments spew out vast streams of data. When the Large Hadron Collider fires up, the flow of data pouring from its sensors is so overwhelming that 95% of it is discarded immediately. One response to all this modern science – and the data it produces – is to widen participation. There are many scientific jobs that are too complex for even our cleverest computers, so many in fact that we do not have nearly enough scientists to do them. And so people have been brought in. Or more accurately, brought back in. People are increasingly not just consuming modern science; they are also producing it.

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