@erinmaochu@erinmaochu
#nrishowcase#nrishowcase
Definitions/ Approaches
Citizen Science
Usually unpaid individuals & interest groups contributing to
scientific experiment...
1. Research Questions
2. Methods
3. Data
analysis
4. Dissemination
Influencing research
…the sunflower is mine…
Van Gogh 1880
…the sunflower is mine…
Van Gogh 1880
www.turingsunflowers.comwww.turingsunflowers.com
www.turingsunflowers.com/resultswww.turingsunflowers.com/results
Research Method with social value
Citizen Science
As an instrument for social impact….
Benefits & Impact
• Quality of Life...
Why now?
Why now?
@citizenbrains
www.thegreatbrainexperiment.com
@eye_wire
http://eyewire.org
Crowdsourcing neuroscience
Who else is doing it?
Matteo FarinellaDaksha Patel Ramon Y Cajal
Who else is doing it?
Challenges
• Data quality assurance
• Ethics
• Additional resource
• Recognition of public contributions
• Measuring impact
#HOOKED
The University of
Amsterdam
The University of
Amsterdam
Dr Ashley Burgoyne & Prof Henkjan
Honing
Dr Ashley Burgoyn...
26th Jul - 4th Jan
FLS Community Open Day
Michael Smith
6th Jul 2013
http://www.ls.manchester.ac.uk/openday
References
Tweddle, J.C., Robinson, L.D., Pocock, M.J.O & Roy, H.E. (2012). Guide to
citizen science: developing, implemen...
Wellcome Trust Monitor: wellcome.ac.uk/monitor
Salvatore Iaconesi: www.artisopensource.net/
Daksha Patel: dakshapatel.co.u...
erinma.ochu@manchester.ac.
uk
erinma.ochu@manchester.ac.
uk
www.everyoneandeverything.wordpress.
com
www.everyoneandeveryt...
How can citizen science achieve for neuroscience what it's achieved for nature?
How can citizen science achieve for neuroscience what it's achieved for nature?
How can citizen science achieve for neuroscience what it's achieved for nature?
How can citizen science achieve for neuroscience what it's achieved for nature?
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  • How can citizen science achieve for neuroscience what its achieved for nature?
  • Wellcome Engagement Fellow – 2 a year… Kevin Fong, Richard Barnett, Roger Kneebone
  • Add images of games, experiments, mobile etc from the poster
  • 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
  • albinomosquito
  • 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…
  • Operating on spotify platform
  • 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.
  • Community Open Day
  • 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
  • Artists’ websites
  • acknowledgements
  • How can citizen science achieve for neuroscience what it's achieved for nature?

    1. 1. @erinmaochu@erinmaochu #nrishowcase#nrishowcase
    2. 2. Definitions/ Approaches Citizen Science Usually unpaid individuals & interest groups contributing to scientific experiments Co-design (or extreme citizen science) Public participate in setting research question(s), methods and/ or analysis to address social need Crowdsourced science 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 Variations Citizen Science with co-design & crowdsourcing elements
    3. 3. 1. Research Questions 2. Methods 3. Data analysis 4. Dissemination Influencing research
    4. 4. …the sunflower is mine… Van Gogh 1880 …the sunflower is mine… Van Gogh 1880
    5. 5. www.turingsunflowers.comwww.turingsunflowers.com
    6. 6. www.turingsunflowers.com/resultswww.turingsunflowers.com/results
    7. 7. Research Method with social value Citizen Science As an instrument for social impact…. Benefits & Impact • Quality of Life • Improved decision making • Enhancing curriculum content & informal learning • Enhanced research advocacy
    8. 8. Why now?
    9. 9. Why now?
    10. 10. @citizenbrains www.thegreatbrainexperiment.com @eye_wire http://eyewire.org Crowdsourcing neuroscience
    11. 11. Who else is doing it?
    12. 12. Matteo FarinellaDaksha Patel Ramon Y Cajal Who else is doing it?
    13. 13. Challenges • Data quality assurance • Ethics • Additional resource • Recognition of public contributions • Measuring impact
    14. 14. #HOOKED The University of Amsterdam The University of Amsterdam Dr Ashley Burgoyne & Prof Henkjan Honing Dr Ashley Burgoyne & Prof Henkjan Honing
    15. 15. 26th Jul - 4th Jan
    16. 16. FLS Community Open Day Michael Smith 6th Jul 2013 http://www.ls.manchester.ac.uk/openday
    17. 17. References 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  
    18. 18. Wellcome Trust Monitor: wellcome.ac.uk/monitor Salvatore Iaconesi: www.artisopensource.net/ Daksha Patel: dakshapatel.co.uk/ Matteo Farinella: www.neurocomic.org/ Albinomosquito: www.albinomosquito.com/ Ethical Guidelines in cbpr:http://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/about/ethics Websites
    19. 19. erinma.ochu@manchester.ac. uk erinma.ochu@manchester.ac. uk www.everyoneandeverything.wordpress. com www.everyoneandeverything.wordpress. com Thank you! • 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

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