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People-powered science: citizen science in the 19th and 21st centuries


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18:30 - 20:00


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Explore the humble beginnings of the citizen science movement

From classifying the cosmos to tracking British bees, citizen science has captivated the imagination of the British public; online platforms such as Zooniverse have over 1 million participants. But, you might be surprised to hear that this isn't a new thing. Long before the internet put data at our fingertips, researchers capitalised on the power of many.

Join the Constructing Scientific Communities team for an informal discussion-based event. Learn how 19th-century models are offering ways of harnessing this huge popular interest, and how these models are helping to advance science.

  • Free to attend, no registration required
  • Seats allocated on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Doors open at 6pm


Professor Sally Shuttleworth - Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford

Professor Chris Lintott - Professor of Astrophysics & Citizen Science Lead, University of Oxford

Dr Berris Charnley - Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Constructing Scientific Communities

Chaired by Katherine Mathieson, Director of Programmes, British Science Association

People-powered science: citizen science in the 19th and 21st centuries The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK