Enlightening exhibitionsby / May 19, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in June 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
Science Beyond the Lab: The DIY Science Revolution
Science Museum, London, opens 20th June
In March researchers in Germany announced that the Aedes japonicus mosquito had been spotted in Upper Bavaria. Credit for the find must go to amateur pestwatchers who have been sending in mozzies so that experts can map the invasion (and the potential reach of the diseases they carry). It is a fine example of citizen science, the subject of a new Science Museum exhibition.
The Times Cheltenham Science Festival
Various venues, 7th to 12th June
A reliably decent mix of events on offer here, from journalist Michael Mosley talking on fat to astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell explaining how not to die on Mars. There are also space planes, futuristic fashion and a hands-on experimental area—perfect for citizen scientists.