Hi I’m Erinma I’m a Wellcome Trust Engagement
Fellow based in Life Sciences at The University of Manchester. I’m interested in Citizen Science.
What is that? Well I’m interested in how ordinary citizens can make extraordinary contributions
to scientific research challenges… everything from discovering new species in our oceans
to new planets in our sky, even new bacteria in our belly buttons. But citizen science
isn’t just a one way street, it’s a two way one. A really interesting artist that caught
my attention was the Italian guy, Salvatore Iaconesi. On discovering he had a brain tumour
he decided to crowdsource a cure to his tumour. He hacked his medical records and put the
data out there, wanting a cultural as well as a scientific response. He put society back
into the science. If you’re interested in finding out what else you can do with citizen
science, follow the hashtag citizenscience on twitter. What you need to know is that
citizen science is a new term but its an old practice… think about scientists like Charles
Darwin, he was independently wealthy and doing his own research and came up with the theory
of evolution by observing the world. What could you do with citizen science?