Representation of the people in science: Women in civic and citizen science

19th Mar 2018
17:30  - 19:30
Haldane Room, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

This event is part of the UCL Exhibition Disruptors and Innovators: Journeys in gender equality at UCL.
Those arriving at 5:30pm will be able to have a tour of the exhibition, or join us from 6pm for the series of short talks.

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Event timings:
Tour of exhibition
6:00-6:45pm: Presentations by speakers: a series of 10 minute talks from women working locally in academia, art, science, activism and more
6:45-7:00pm: Q&A and discussions with the audience
7:00-7:30pm: Reception and additional tour of exhibition

Dr Cindy Regalado from UCL Extreme Citizen Science will open the panel and introduce the speakers and “Doing It Together Science”, a citizen science initiative to provide science events in which the public can take part, and which you can all join.

Citizen Science

Chair: Dr Charlene Jennett, researcher at UCLIC, will give the first talk on citizen science and her research into this fast-growing phenomenon.

Some recent history of civic science: 

Dr Alice Bell, science writer and director of communications at climate charity 10:10, will draw on her research on the radical science movement to discuss science activism and community-based research in the 1970s and 80s. She’ll also reflect on comparisons between this and her current work supporting public engagement with energy and climate change issues.  

Citizens use science to face HS2:

Jo Hurford, local artist and community leader, was part of a group of concerned citizens to approach UCL’s Extreme Citizen Science department to learn how to gather scientific data about deteriorating air quality and further environmental concerns. She will cover what they did and learned, but also the effect of government refusal to listen to local questioning. 

Transcribe Bentham:

Dr Louise Seaward, Research Associate on the Bentham Project, will introduce us to Transcribe Bentham,  a flagship humanities project at UCL where a significant number of the most active volunteers are women.  Transcribe Bentham asks volunteers to transcribe papers written by UCL’s intellectual inspiration, the philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832).  We will hear an overview of the project and messages from some volunteers about their experience.  

Engineering Exchange:

Professor Sarah Bell, director of Engineering Exchange, will present how to open up engineering practices to communities around UCL, and how women’s roles and feminist concepts have enabled this.

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