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Citizen Science and Crowdsourced Data and Evidence Network University of Edinburgh

10 Nov 2015

Dear All, We are delighted to invite you for an exciting afternoon of Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing events at the National Museum of Scotland!


Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Show and Tell’.

Public lecture by Erinma Ochu on ‘Citizen Science for Community Engagement’, chaired by Prof Mary Bownes (UoE Vice-Principal Community Development).  


Tuesday 24 November

Show and Tell: 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm; Event Space, Level 2

Public lecture: 3.00 – 4.30 pm; Auditorium, Level 1


National Museum of Scotland (Auditorium, Level 1 and Event Space, Level 2), Chambers St, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF


Citizen Science for Community Engagement:

Dr. Erinma Ochu, MBE FRSA & Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, highlights the ways in which citizen participation in the design and carrying out of science projects can bring benefits for community development.

Drawing on examples where she has been personally involved, such as the recycled robot orchestra (, she unveils and discusses the challenges as well as the advantages of community engagement in scientific endeavours.


Erinma is Creative Director and co-founder of social enterprise, Squirrel Nation. We make and curate films, events, exhibitions and pop up social franchises. We're currently developing FarmLab, a pop up urban farm, empathy game, Lost Cats legacy and Interactive exhibit, I'm Still Here. Our latest endeavour is crowdsourcing a recycled Robot Orchestra for Manchester as part of the European City of Science 2016. Our latest sci-art film, Nature's Switch, commissioned by Wellcome Collection as part of their ON LIGHT programme, won a best short award at The Shuffle Film Festival and online distribution via MUBI. Nature's Switch was recently selected to screen at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015. We also farm, growing organic veg on 0.25 acres of land on the Kindling Trust's Farmstart farm in Cheshire. I also consult as critical friend with Creative Scene in North Yorkshire. Creative Scene is part of the Creative People and Places Arts Council England initiative to make the arts part of everyday life. Employed part-time at the University of Manchester I'm delivering Atlasmcr, a civic innovation pilot to help reduce social isolation. Trained original as a neuroscientist, I've worked in Science TV, fostered community-university partnerships and crowdsourced citizen science experiments and curated the Ideas & Science strand at Sheffield Doc/Fest. I've benefited hugely from two fellowships, a sci-art fellowship from NESTA in 2001-2003 and an Engagement Fellowship from The Wellcome Trust in 2013-2015. During my Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship I was in residence at the Museum of Science and Industry and worked with computational musicologists, designers and game makers. Our concept, #hookedonmusic raised awareness of dementia whilst crowdsourcing data via a game to help scientists explore what makes music catchy. #Hookedonmusic reached >175,000 players and featured in articles in the Lancet, New York Times, Huffington Post and The Guardian. Previously I freelanced, consulted on and devised several pioneering civic projects - Manchester Beacon, Catalyst and Turing's Sunflowers. In summer of 2015 I was awarded an MBE for services to Public Engagement with Science, Engineering and Technology. I am a Trustee of Manchester Histories and Deputy Chair of BBSRC Bioscience in Society panel.

Registration for the talk through:

Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Show & Tell:

The Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Show & Tell will show-case projects and initiatives on citizen science and crowdsourcing from a number of individuals and organisations. Join us for this mini-festival of citizen science and crowdsourcing and discover how you can be part of scientific endeavours!    

Participants include:

Christine Tansey (Track a Tree,

Amy Styles (TCV, & OPAL,

Jean Carletta (HeatHack,

Joanne Crawford (CITI-Sense project (IOM),

Robert Cubey (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Wee Tree Trail,Treezilla)

Elspeth Haston (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,

Melissa Goodbourn ("My Asthma Story" project)

Eric Grosso (MESH,

Gary Martin (Lightlog,

Stephanie Farley (Cobweb,

Tom Armitage (Fieldtrip GB,

Claire Knowles, Gavin Willshaw, Scott Renton (Library Labs,

Alison Styobart (Edinburgh Collected,

Presented in partnership with the National Museum of Scotland.

All welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 24th,

Giorgos Zoukas,

(on behalf of Eugénia Rodrigues, James Stewart, and Mark Hartswood)



Twitter: @EdUniCSCS

(With the support of the Academic Networking Fund IAD)