We are looking forward to our Participation Lab Advisory Group meeting tomorrow and will soon be sharing some of the learning and discussions with you!
We are pleased to publish our latest blogpost, ‘Making science democratic: is that possible or even desirable?’, by Dr. Sonia Bussu, Research and Learning Coordinator, Local Trust and Participation Lab Advisory Group member.
We are pleased to let you know about our latest Participation Lab project. Alice Mauchline, Lab Advisory Group member, in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development is exploring how to best go about establishing a Science Shop in Reading and is planning a workshop to learn from existing Science Shops in June 2017. Read more about the project here.
We are pleased to launch our new blogpost series: Think-Pieces
Researchers, statutory and third sector partners, academics, students and Participation Lab members share their reflections and experiences on doing participatory action research, community development work, citizen science and engaging with young people, families and communities, whether locally in Reading, nationally or internationally.
Our first blogpost is by Dr. Giuseppe Feola, University of Reading:
How can participatory methods be adapted to different socio-cultural contexts? A critical evaluation of Rapid Appraisal of Agricultural Innovation Systems, and its application to agricultural adaptation to climate change in Kazakhstan
Map of the challenges faced by different actors in the local farming system in Karaoi, Kazakhstan
Feel free to join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags, #ParticipationLab and #Think-Pieces.
As part of our Participation Lab commitment to co-producing knowledge for social change, we’re also really interested in the role that volunteers play in the collection and production of knowledge relating to social and environmental issues. One of our events this September is all about citizen science, an activity regularly defined as the participation of volunteers in professional science projects. In addition to probing the definition a little further, we also want to consider recent studies on motivations but also the costs and benefits of citizen science. You’re all warmly invited to attend.
Enthusiasm for Citizen Science: Taking stock of motivations, costs and benefits.
9th September 2016, University of Reading
It is often said that citizen science is growing as a field of practice, and with that comes a growing understanding of how citizen science can and should be used. At this event, we will be sharing best practice and current thinking on recent research surrounding motivations (of citizens, scientists, practitioners and policymakers) and the costs and benefits of citizen science. The event will introduce several research projects, including two recently funded by the UK Environmental Observation Framework (see http://www.ukeof.org.uk/our-work/citizen-science). Bringing together members of the BES Citizen Science SIG with representatives from monitoring agencies, this one-day event on ‘enthusiasm for citizen science’ will enable participants to take stock of recent research, share good practice and identify new directions and issues for citizen science research to consider.
Hilary Geoghegan (Participation Lab, University of Reading), Alison Dyke (Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York), Gitte Kragh (University of Bournemouth), Michael Pocock (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), other speakers/commentators to be confirmed
University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, URS Building, S2S21
WHEN: Friday, 9 September 2016 from 10:30 to 15:30 (BST)