AccessLab - Climate, Environment and Health (January)

The AccessLab project is about broadening access to scientific evidence, particularly in the areas of climate, environment and health. We do this through pairing scientific researchers with people who are seeking reliable information for their work or personal lives. Our focus is on developing skills for finding scientific information and judging its reliability, rather than just transferring subject-specific knowledge.

During the workshops we:

  • Look at how scientific research is funded and published, and how you can access it.
  • Cover basic fact-checking for media stories that relate to science.
  • Have time to co-research a science-related topic of your choice one-to-one with a paired researcher. This can be anything you like and is not necessarily limited to the theme of each workshop.

The workshop is free and open to anyone, just send us an email to sign up, together with a science-related question/topic that you are interested in looking into on the day. A full lunch will be provided for free.

We are also looking for researchers to take part - the only criteria are that you need to be 2nd year PhD or above, and working in any science or social science field. We offer a separate evening training session to researchers for preparation.

This series of workshops has been funded by the Engaging Libraries scheme from the Carnegie Trust, Wolfson Foundation and Wellcome Trust, and is in collaboration with Falmouth Library and the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. There are three workshops planned, on 6 June 2020, 14 November 2020 and 23 January 2021.