Engaging citizens to become ‘star listeners’

The Flemish citizen science project AstroSounds launches a call to Flemish citizens to listen to stars. In this way, citizens can help scientific research. As of January 11, 2022, visitors can discover AstroSounds (in Dutch) via a physical installation in the Tweebronnen Library in Leuven, as part of the KNAL! City Festival. Linked to the installation is a Belgian case study within the ParCos project, that aims to research how vertical video content on public screens can inform and engage people with science stories.

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Factory Takeover: engaging families in sustainability through creativity

As part of the UK case study, KWMC has been working with families in South Bristol to explore participatory science communication. On the 28th of October, KWMC held The Factory Takeover, which brought together 6 families (7 adults and 15 children) during the half-term holidays to explore sustainability through hands-on making, exploration and play. This hyperlocal approach illustrated the impact of engaging with science in a creative manner.

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Science communication for everyone, by everyone

As the Flemish public broadcaster, VRT aims to inform, inspire, and connect all Flemish citizens. In today’s everchanging media landscape, emerging technologies define new circumstances for getting your message across. This brings with it significant challenges when the story you want to tell is not a straightforward one. To collect some insights and best practices, we asked vlogger Jacotte Brokken to interview colleagues at VRT about their approach for communicating science stories. 

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On designing Data Drama

On the 8th of September 2021, a number of school students from the Lahti area joined students of Theatrum Olga, Suomen Diakoniaopisto, to take part in a Data Drama experience, which used embodied approaches to data exploration. The purpose of Data Drama is to provide a more-than-human context for people that are not used to working with data. The experience aims to inspire them and make them feel comfortable to engage with data.

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ReThink ReMake ReCycle at the Digital Living Lab Days 2021

Participatory approaches such as citizen science offer the potential to open up research to society, yet the majority of people participating are affluent and well-educated. At ENoLL’s Digital Living Lab Days 2021 in September, KWMC’s Lorraine Hudson shared experiences from the UK case study “ReThink ReCycle ReMake“, where the Bristol Living Lab collaborated with people typically underrepresented in science – those who face social economic disadvantage and Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities.  KWMC had a practitioner presentation accepted through the conference peer review process, which was attended by 391 people.

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