Blast from the past – activist and citizen science

There is something in the waters. It is the second time within a month or so I have seen a mention of Science for the People and, not surprisingly, the parallels – or lack thereof – between this 1970s US-based initiative of scientists and engineers (also see their, in this case, undermentioned British counterpart –…

Today I came across a particularly poignant reflection by Erinma Ochu on the essence of meaningful citizen science projects in social science – and the experience of working with Parkinson’s patient group which lead her to develop her citizen science project philosophy. This philosophy is more than applicable to citizen science projects in general. I…

For some reason the section relating to scientific communication at conferences has had a distinctly Chinese flavour…. Poster sessions are the ultimate manifestations of science as an open institution – rarely refereed and only lightly controlled, they have become the researchers’ equivalent of Beijing’s Democracy wall. But because they aren’t refereed, posters don’t really count.”…

It is believed to be necessary to combat the limitations of what Germans call fachidiots (‘subject fools’), those who know a great deal about their own discipline but nothing much about anything else, and who can distort decision-making with their narrow analyses. (Sillitoe, 2004, p. 6) Germans as always brilliant at coming up with descriptive…