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November 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This event is organized by AHRC Large Grant ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’ as part of Being Human: A Festival of Humanities
A ‘museum late’ at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford: this event will showcase the dynamic world of citizen science.
Through short talks, quizzes and interactive sessions, visitors can discover how members of the public participate in science today, how they have done so in the past, and how citizen science is changing the humanities.
BBC New Generation Thinker Dr Will Abberley will discuss how, for Victorian scientists, people’s experiences with their pets were more than mere anecdotes. The ‘Unbelievable Truth of Medical History’ stall will mount forays into history, while representatives from the Zooniverse team (the world’s largest citizen science organisation) will show how in the twenty-first century, harnessing public interest in everything from galaxies to the ancient Greeks is transforming both the humanities and science.