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Need volunteers for your research? Why not experiment on Science Museum visitors? Opportunities exist for high-calibre biomedical researchers to carry out research on visitors in the Science Museum’s contemporary science wing.
Live Science gives biomedical researchers an exciting opportunity to study some of the 3.4 million visitors who pass through the doors of the Science Museum each year.
Researchers are given the chance to gain access to participants already motivated by an interest in science, providing scientists with a rich source of data, and to enhance their public engagement skills.
Activities take place during Museum opening hours in a dedicated space within the Who Am I? Gallery in the Museum's Wellcome Wing, which is devoted to how contemporary science informs our thinking about identity.
We want our visitors to experience science for themselves by participating in real research experiments, engaging with research teams to discover how their work informs our perceptions of identity. We hope that studies will generate new and valuable data, and that both researchers and the Museum gain press coverage and exposure in scientific publications as a result of research conducted here.
Download the Live Science Proposal Information
Studies need to have existing funding and be engaging for Science Museum visitors. You will need to obtain ethical approval from your host institution, an authorised countersignatory to a formal contract with the Museum, and public and product liability insurance. Participating researchers will be vetted in line with Museum policy.
Our call for applications for 2016 is now open. The deadline is 24 December 2015. Interested researchers should complete the application form, then return it to Mary Cavanagh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome applications from any branch of biomedical research, although we anticipate the scheme to be most relevant to geneticists, neuroscientists, psychologists, biomedical scientists and epidemiologists. Researchers should be able to commit themselves to a minimum of 15–25 hours per week and each individual residency is tailored to suit the needs of both the study and researcher.
The Science Museum has welcomed many different research groups – from psychologists and epidemiologists to genetic anthropologists and linguistics experts. They asked thousands of our visitors questions such as 'Are you easily distracted?' and 'Will you spit for science?'
Examples of previous Live Science projects include:
If you have any questions or would like further information on current opportunities or past projects, please contact:
Mary Cavanagh, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD
Telephone: 020 7942 4894