Bringing Science to the Citizens
December 10, 2019
First Pitcher: Tim Hofmeester, Researcher at Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, SLU
Title: Education through citizen science: how to reach those that could learn the most?
Citizen science (CS), or the involvement on non-professional participants in science, is increasingly used as a method in several disciplines. One of the often mentioned benefits of CS is that participants are educated through learning by doing while contributing to research. As such, participation in an environmental CS project could be a way of educating the general public about environmental issues and increasing environmental literacy. However, participants in CS projects are often highly educated and equipped with a lot of knowledge about the subject, while it is difficult to attract participants that have lower education and less knowledge, while those could potentially learn most from participation.
The hundred dollar question is: how to reach and attract those participants?
Second Pitcher: Gabrielle Beans, Deputy Director at Curiosum and Senior Research Engineer at Icelab, Umeå University.
Title: How to communicate CRISPR-Cas9 in a cabinet