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 may cover:

  • 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.