Mushroom Hack co-designing solutions with the public to help grow mushrooms on waste coffee. 

public involvement and #citizenscience 

This module introduces the idea that science communication is most effective when the public are involved in the co-creation of knowledge. This will be demonstrated by introducing co-design methods, from citizen science to patient and public involvement in research to human-computer-interaction. You will examine theoretical ideas on the relationship between democracy and science, whilst focusing on how digital environments, tools and applications to shape science 'upstream' of research.  You will consider the motivations, opportunities and challenges of a engaging a diverse range of actors to bridge the gap between scientific institutions and citizens. The role of scientific citizenship and science capital will be considered in this regard.

Lectures and seminars indicative content:

  • Democratising Science in the Digital Age
  • Upstream Engagement and Nanoscience
  • Patient and Public Involvement in Health Research
  • Public Engagement and the Impact Agenda
  • The Web and Participatory Media
  • The Era of Citizen Science and DIYBIO.

Recommended Reading

  • Arnason, V. (2012) Scientific citizenship in a democratic society, Public Understanding of Science, 22: 927
  • Geoghegan, H., Dyke, A., Pateman, R., West, S. & Everett, G. (2016). Understanding motivations for citizen science. Final report on behalf of UKEOF, University of Reading, Stockholm Environment Institute (University of York) and University of the West of England
  • Irwin, A. (1995). Citizen Science: A Study of People, Expertise and Sustainable Development. Psychology Press
  • Reed, M.S (2016). The Research Impact handbook. Fast Track Impact
  • Swinton, J., & Ochu, E., The MSI Turing’s Sunflowers Consortium (2016). Novel fibonacci and non-fibonacci structure in the sunflower: Results of a citizen science experiment. Royal Society Open Science 3(5).
  • Woolley, P.J., McGowan M.L., Teare H. J. A, Coathup V., Fishman J.R., SetterstenJr R.A., Sterckx S., Kaye J. and Juengst E.T. (2016). Citizen science or scientific citizenship? Disentangling the uses of public engagement rhetoric in national research initiatives. BMC Medical Ethics 17:33
  • ESCA Working Group (2015) Ten principles of citizen science. The European Citizen Science Association. A range of digital planning and prototyping tools will be provided to resource student participation in this module, including: