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April 2014

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By Lizzie Crouch, Project Manager at DesignScience


We believe there is a critical, yet often overlooked link between science and design, and a growing need for increased collaboration between the two.

This belief has motivated us – DesignScience’s Anne Odling-Smee and myself, creative producer Ellen Dowell and interactive designer Andrew Friend – to raise the question, ‘What is design for?’ at this year’s Science Communication Conference.

By Joe Cox, Principal Lecturer in Economics and Finance at the University of Portsmouth.


Citizen science is not a new phenomenon and many will already be aware of long-running projects such as Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count and the American Association of Variable Star Observers. However, with the rapid evolution of interactive online technologies, citizen science projects are being revolutionised through new approaches to online crowdsourcing. Suddenly, scientists are able to bring together huge numbers of volunteers from across the world to take part in large-scale projects with significant scientific and social value incredibly easily and fairly quickly as well.