Thursday 1 September 2011
18:30 - 20:30
Charles Darwin House, London
Modern scientific research is a highly professionalised business, for all that people may joke they're not in it for the money. Still, there are people who enjoy at least a bit of science as part of what they do in their spare time. At this Talkfest event we discussed some of the positives and pitfalls involved in thinking about science and science communication as a hobby.
Topics dicussed included:
Can and should crowdsourced citizen science projects tap into the enthuasic occasional workforce of amateurs?
Are community groups based around hobbies (e.g. based around photography, reading or knitting) a good way to reach 'new audiences', especially for projects aiming to getting people discussing science in society issues?
Should the science communication work of scientists, especially blogging, be seen as a hobby or part of their dayjob (or is such a distinction a silly idea in the first place?)
After the event:
With huge thanks to UCL's Head of Public Engagement, Steve Cross, a podcast of the event is now available to listen to online.
Chair and panellists: