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February 13, 2020 Thursday 04:11:34 PM IST

University joins national scheme to engage citizens in science

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UK citizens are set to contribute to world-leading research on air quality, plastic pollution, period poverty, farming methods and many other issues that directly affect their lives. They will join in 53 innovative projects across the UK, including one led by the University of Manchester’s Professor Sheena Cruickshank, funded by the government via the research and innovation funding agency UK Research and Innovation.

The projects will target communities who would not normally engage with research and innovation, so they can shape research and innovation that is relevant to their lives and their local areas. This will expand the opportunities for people from across the UK to actively contribute to publicly funded research and encourage underserved communities to share their ideas, concerns, and aspirations and to get involved in decision making. The projects also aim to inspire a new generation of children and young people about the wonder and potential of research and innovation.

Twenty-five public engagement projects will support researchers, innovators, universities and other research institutions to work with community partners or organisations from communities that have fewer opportunities to engage with research and innovation. A further twenty-eight projects focus on citizen science and will see diverse groups of people helping research teams to crowdsource and analyse data and collaborate with researchers to develop research questions. It includes a cross-disciplinary team of researchers from The University of Manchester, working with residents in the Brunswick neighbourhood of Ardwick in Manchester and S4B, who manage the redevelopment of the area, to investigate resident’s concerns about air quality and health.

(Content Courtesy: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/university-joins-national-scheme-to-engage-citizens-in-science/) 



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