Register now for mini-symposium on ‘Citizen participation in science and medicine’, Feb 13, 2014

We are delighted to invite you to a mini-symposium on ‘Citizen participation in science and medicine‘ to take place on Thursday, 13 Feb, 12.00-15.00, in K2.29 [Council Room]. It is on the 1st floor of the King’s Building, Strand Campus, and clearly signposted from the main reception.

Barbara Prainsack

Barbara Prainsack

The idea for this was born out of our Biomedicine, Ethics and Social Justice‘ research group, but we hope for this event to build bridges also to the work of colleagues in other research groups with an interest in this area.

The 1st speaker will be Dr Claire Marris, Senior Research Fellow in the Department and leader SSHM’s programme of research on the social dimensions of synthetic biology.

Claire Marris

Claire Marris

Claire is interested in the ways in which a field of bioscience, such as synthetic biology, comes to be defined and problematized in different scientific, regulatory, political and public arenas, through for example risk regulation, R&D policy, public engagement activities, and organized opposition by social groups.

Vicky Curtis

Vicky Curtis

The 2nd speaker of the symposium will be Vickie Curtis  from the Open University, who has done fascinating work on online discovery games (aka ‘games for science’, or ‘discovery games’), see here, and here for more on Vickie’s work.

Discussant will br Dr Tamar Sharon from Maastricht University. Tamar is working on a NWO-funded Rubicon project that looks at the unexpected and creative ways that users are engaging with new health technologies, at a time when health is increasingly being promoted as a matter of personal responsibility.

Tamar Sharon

Tamar Sharon

The programme of the symposium is below:

1. Claire Marris: 30 years of public participation in science and technology (30mins)

2. Vickie Curtis (Open University): Online citizen science: distributed analysis and collaboration. (30 mins)

3.Discussant: Tamar Sharon (20 mins)

4. Open discussion

Chair: Dr Barbara Prainsack

Places are still available!

Thursday, 13 Feb12.00-15.00, in K2.29 [Council Room] King’s College Strand Campus

Please contact Dr Barbara Prainsack to express your interest in attending:


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