ParCos policy brief: Participatory Communication of Science


We are happy to publish our first policy brief, where we detail our position on the need for more participatory and open science.

This report, aimed at academics and academic policy makers, will highlight the benefits of not just publishing science data for other scientists but making it easier for the public to use. We will also highlight the benefits of widening the ways in which the public can participate in science research, depending on the level of involvement that they want – whether it is active participation or if it is simply having better access to underlying evidence of published science communications.

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Are you interested in making change from the bottom up?

“Now more than ever, we need to break down barriers to accessing technology and value diverse experiences and perspectives as we create new technical solutions.” If you are interested in tech, access and diversity and how to make change from the bottom up, then read this blog post by ParCos project member Zoe Banks Gross, who is the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Programme Manager at Knowle West Media Centre.

“Bristol Living Lab: Diversity & Inclusion” at Digital Living Lab Days 2020

Digital Living Lab Days 2020, run by the Europan Network for Living Labs (ENoLL), took place from 2-4 September 2020.  The conference was attended by 334 participants from 29 countries. KWMC won the ‘Public Voting Award for Best Research Submission’ for a practitioner presentation (video) called ‘Bristol Living Lab: Diversity & Inclusion’. The talk focused on the importance of increasing diversity within ENoLL and how Living Labs can develop more inclusive practices. We shared the work being developing through ParCos to create Principles for Diversity and Inclusion to guide the three citizen science case studies. This included practical examples and lessons learnt of how KWMC are working to address diversity and inclusion through Bristol Living Lab. Please see the video below.