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EPSRC-IAA Funded Citizen Science Exhibit


We were recently awarded funding from the EPSRC Impact Accelerator Account. This funding supported the creation and installation of a citizen science interactive touchscreen exhibit at the Glasgow Science Centre. Strathclyde press release below.


An interactive ‘Living Lab’ exhibit at Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) will allow visitors to take part in real science experiments.


The Citizen Science exhibit created by University of Strathclyde researchers, provides visitors with the opportunity to take part in real science experiments through innovative and interactive touchscreen kiosks.


In one such experiment, you can take the ‘super-recogniser’ test to find out whether you might be one of a small proportion of people who excel at face recognition.


‘Super-recognisers’ never forget a face, they show outstanding face perception skills, and a bespoke SR unit even supports the identification of criminal suspects at the Metropolitan Police in London.


Positive effects

The exhibit, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research & Innovation, also presents engaging content which highlights the positive effects that University of Strathclyde led, EPRSC funded, research has on our society.


Visitors can learn about research from stroke recovery, quantum encryption, and our digital footprint, to strategies for supporting the green recovery and protecting the planet.


The project lead, Dr David Robertson from Strathclyde’s School of Psychological Science and Health, said:

The purpose of the exhibit is to get members of the public excited about, and involved in, real research projects.

“Through the research spotlights we also wanted to highlight our core ethos as ‘a place of useful learning’ and the positive impact that Strathclyde research has on the world around us.”


Project collaborator, Dr Gillian Lang, Director of Experience Development at Glasgow Science Centre, said


“We are delighted to not only showcase the fascinating research being undertaken at the University of Strathclyde but also to provide the opportunity for our visitors to take part in real research that is happening in the city.”


The exhibit can be found in the ‘Idea No59’ gallery within the science centre which encourages visitors to develop their skills as a scientist. All visitors are encouraged to engage with the content and practice their skills.


The project team also includes Dr William McGeown (Psychological Sciences and Health Psychology) and Dr Andrew Wodehouse (Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management).

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