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CSCS@ED Present Citizen Science for Community Engagement

Edinburgh's Citizen Science and Crowdsourced Data and Evidence Network will host an exciting afternoon of Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing events in partnership with the National Museum of Scotland on 24th November. Events will include a Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing 'Show and Tell' followed by a public lecture from Erinma Ochu, MBE FRSA & Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow.

Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Show & Tell

Tuesday 24 November | National Museum of Scotland

1.00 pm – 4.30 pm, Event Space, Level 2

Further Information: http://bit.ly/1Qg3jyH

Showcasing projects and initiatives on citizen science and crowdsourcing from a number of individuals and organisations. Join us for this mini-festival of citizen science and crowdsourcing to discover how you can be part of scientific endeavours.

Participants include:

Christine Tansey (Track a Tree)
Amy Styles (TCV  & OPAL )
Jean Carletta (HeatHack)
Joanne Crawford (CITI-Sense project (IOM) )
Robert Cubey (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Wee Tree Trail,Treezilla)
Elspeth Haston (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Herbaria@Home)
Melissa Goodbourn ("My Asthma Story" project)
Eric Grosso (MESH
Gary Martin (Lightlog)
Stephanie Farley (Cobweb)  
Tom Armitage (Fieldtrip GB)
Claire Knowles, Gavin Willshaw, Scott Renton (Library Labs)
Alison Styobart (Edinburgh Collected

Public Lecture: Citizen Science for Community Engagement

Tuesday 24 November | National Museum of Scotland

3.00pm – 4.30 pm, Auditorium, Level 1

Speaker: Erinma Ochu 

Chair: Prof Mary Bownes (UoE Vice-Principal Community Development)

Further Information: http://bit.ly/1O1sMIS

Booking via National Museums Scotland: http://bit.ly/1NHyGk4

erina ochuDr. Erinma Ochu, MBE FRSA & Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, highlights the ways in which citizen participation in the design and carrying out of science projects can bring benefits for community development. Drawing on examples where she has been personally involved, such as the recycled robot orchestra, she unveils and discusses the challenges as well as the advantages of community engagement in scientific endeavours.

Erinma is an academic and social entrepreneur. She is Creative Director and co-founder of social enterprise, Squirrel Nation which makes and curates films, events, exhibitions and pop up social franchises. Current projects include FarmLab, a pop up urban farm, empathy game, Lost Cats legacy and Interactive exhibit, I’m Still Here. Squirrel Nation’s latest endeavour is crowdsourcing a recycled Robot Orchestra for Manchester as part of the European City of Science 2016 with 2014 RI Christmas lecturer Professor Danielle George. Her latest sci-art film, Nature’s Switch, commissioned by Wellcome Collection as part of their ON LIGHT programme, won a best short award at The Shuffle Film Festival and online distribution via MUBI. Nature’s Switch was recently selected to screen at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015. Erinma was awarded an MBE for services to Public Engagement with Science, Engineering and Technology in 2015.

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