How can citizen science achieve for neuroscience what its achieved for nature?
Wellcome Engagement Fellow – 2 a year… Kevin Fong, Richard Barnett, Roger Kneebone
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Sunflowers are amazing – they purify the air and the soil and they attract bees... scientists, teachers, & the planet would agree, sunflowers are an incredible resource. I’m Erinma – based at the University of Manchester in Life Sciences – I trained originally as a neuroscientist - & Engagement Fellow supported by The Wellcome Trust.
In a letter to his art dealer brother, Theo, wrote, the sunflower is mine…
Last year I would argue that the sunflower also belonged to Turing and the army of citizen scientists that crowdsourced the largest dataset exploring number patterns in sunflowers
Stuff on biodiversity and evidence…. But how could this work for neuroscience research? Let me give you a couple of examples
Timing is everything right…
People are interested in neuroscience
Complex problem benefits from power & wisdom of the crowd to solve it collectively Contributes to neuroscience research & players have fun Eyewire – play a game to map the brain Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging – Help Neuroscience research while playing fun games on your smart phone 22,000 users and 100,000 datasets @citizenbrains
Artist Daksha Patel. Ramon y Cajal. Father of modern neuroscience. He was skilled at drawing, and hundreds of his illustrations of brain cells are still used for educational purposes today
Working with cognitive scientists at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation People at The University of Amsterdam imagine the place where you start to nod your head and sing along… that ’s the hook – everyone knows it when they hear it… but scientists aren’t sure why – we’re hoping there’s an opportunity to connect with you – in 2014 with this project – connecting audiences around the globe…
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ADD MOSI LOGO – ADD WELLCOME COLLECTION LOGO Wellcome Collection's major exhibition at MOSI seeks to explore what humans have done to brains in the name of medical intervention, scientific enquiry, cultural meaning and technological change. See this absorbing exhibition on display for the first time outside London. Featuring real brains, manuscripts, artefacts, videos and photography, Brains takes us on a quest to decipher the most unique and mysterious of human organs, whose secrets continue to confound and inspire. Explore Manchester’s contribution to understanding the brain through objects and artworks previously unseen, and specially curated for the exhibition at MOSI.
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Tweddle, J.C., Robinson, L.D., Pocock, M.J.O & Roy, H.E. (2012). Guide to citizen science: developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK. Natural History Museum and NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology for UK-EOF. Cohn, JP (2008) Citizen Science: Can Volunteers Do Real Research? BioScience 58: 192-197. Frietag, A, Pfeffer, M.J. (2013) Process, not product: Investigating Recommendations for improving Citizen Science "Success". PLoS ONE 8(5): e64079. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064079
How can citizen science achieve for neuroscience what it's achieved for nature?
Usually unpaid individuals & interest groups contributing to
Co-design (or extreme citizen science)
Public participate in setting research question(s), methods and/
or analysis to address social need
Complex problem, wisdom & power of crowd to create, analyse,
collect datasets – research benefits
DIYBIO – network of hobbyists & biohackers DIY, hack, open
source ethos to labs, equipment, methods
Citizen Science with co-design & crowdsourcing elements
1. Research Questions
…the sunflower is mine…
Van Gogh 1880
…the sunflower is mine…
Van Gogh 1880
Research Method with social value
As an instrument for social impact….
Benefits & Impact
• Quality of Life
• Improved decision making
• Enhancing curriculum content & informal learning
• Enhanced research advocacy
FLS Community Open Day
6th Jul 2013
Tweddle, J.C., Robinson, L.D., Pocock, M.J.O & Roy, H.E. (2012). Guide to
citizen science: developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to
study biodiversity and the environment in the UK. Natural History Museum
and NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology for UK-EOF.
Cohn, JP (2008) Citizen Science: Can Volunteers Do Real Research
BioScience 58: 192-197.
Frietag, A, Pfeffer, M.J. (2013) Process, not product: Investigating
Recommendations for improving Citizen Science "Success". PLoS ONE 8(5):
• Professor Nancy Rothwell - UoM
• Professor Matthew Cobb - UoM
• Professor Stuart Allan - UoM
• Professor Amanda Bamford - UoM
• Jean Francyzk & Natalie Ireland - MOSI
• Clarissa Edwards – Wellcome Trust