Public Lecture Citizen Science for Community Engagement, with Dr Erinma Ochu

//Public Lecture Citizen Science for Community Engagement, with Dr Erinma Ochu
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This day sees two public events run in conjunction with the National Museum of Scotland:

Public Lecture with Dr Erinma Ochu, MBE, FRSA

We are please to invite Dr Erinma Ochu, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, who will give a public lecture at the National Museum of Scotland. Erinma 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 an academic and social entrepreneur. She is Creative Director and co-founder of social enterprise, Squirrel Nation which makes and curates films, events, exhibitions and pop up social franchises. Current projects include FarmLab, a pop up urban farm, empathy game, Lost Cats legacy and Interactive exhibit, I’m Still Here. Squirrel national’s latest endeavour is crowdsourcing a recycled Robot Orchestra for Manchester as part of the European City of Science 2016 with 2014 RI Christmas lecturer Professor Danielle George.Her 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.

Erinma was awarded an MBE for services to Public Engagement with Science, Engineering and Technology in 2015

The lecture and Q&A will be Chaired by Prof Mary Bownes, Vice-Principal Community Development, University of Edinburgh


Don’t forget to come early and talk to the researchers demonstrating their citizen science and crowdsourcing experiments in the ‘Show and Tell’.

No need to book – free entry

This workshop is also part of a seminar series on Understanding Science and Technology run by the Institute for the Study of Science Technology and Innovation and the National Museum of Scotland

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