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The AccessLab by Dr Lotty Brand

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the speaker

Dr Brand is currently Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sheffield with Prof. Tom Stafford investigating the use of argument maps and automated dialogue for fostering open-mindedness and de-polarisation. Lotty was previously Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. Alex Mesoudi at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus as part of the Human Behaviour and Cultural Evolution Group (HuBCEG). Her research spans a variety of topics related to the evolution of human behaviour and cognition. All her publications and preprints are openly available here.

About the talk

AccessLab is a novel science communication initiative in which researchers and those without research training get together to discuss how scientific literature can be accessed and used by people outside of the academic bubble. The aim is to open-up access to scientific research for anyone to find, understand, and use in their daily lives. The workshops include open discussion about how scientific research is funded and published, how to find it, how to get to the bottom of confusing media headlines, and a chance for those without formal research training to confidentially research a question of their own with a trained researcher. It’s a really eye-opening workshop that I really recommend to any researcher who cares about how scientific research is accessed, understood, and put to good use. In this talk, I’ll discuss my experience of helping to run and develop these workshops, as well as the general principles about science communication and open science that I’ve learnt through the process. More about AccessLab can be found in this open publication.

Link to the talk will be posted soon.


March 11
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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RIOT Science Club – Exeter