AccessLab: Workshops to broaden access to scientific research

Griffiths, AGF; Modinou, I; Heslop, C; Brand, C; Weatherill, A; Baker, K; Hughes, AE; Lewis, J; de Mora, L; Mynott, S; Roberts, KE; Griffiths, DJ. 2019 AccessLab: Workshops to broaden access to scientific research. PLOS Biology, 17 (5). e3000258. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000258

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Abstract/Summary

AccessLabs are workshops with two simultaneous motivations, achieved through direct citizen-scientist pairings: (1) to decentralise research skills so that a broader range of people are able to access/use scientific research, and (2) to expose science researchers to the difficulties of using their research as an outsider, creating new open access advocates. Five trial AccessLabs have taken place for policy makers, media/journalists, marine sector participants, community groups, and artists. The act of pairing science academics with local community members helps build understanding and trust between groups at a time when this relationship appears to be under increasing threat from different political and economic currents in society. Here, we outline the workshop motivations, format, and evaluation, with the aim that others can build on the methods developed.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > National Capability categories > Added Value
Plymouth Marine Laboratory > National Capability categories > Long-term Multi-Centre UKESM
Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Ecosystem Models and Predictions
Depositing User: Kim Hockley
Date made live: 10 Jun 2019 10:25
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 10:25
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/8208

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