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Live Science

Need volunteers for your research? Why not enrol Science Museum visitors. Opportunities exist for high-calibre biomedical researchers to carry out research with visitor volunteers 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 will gain press coverage and exposure in scientific publications as a result of research conducted here.

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Past Live Science projects

Requirements for study

Studies are required 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 to ensure that research is accessible and enjoyable for visitors.

How to apply

Our call for applications for 2017 is now closed. Applications for Live Science activities in 2018 will open in Autumn 2017.

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, but each individual residency is tailored to suit the needs of both the study and researchers.

Further information

If you have any questions or would like further information on current opportunities or past projects, contact:

Lisa Derry
Science Museum
Exhibition Road
London
SW7 2DD
Telephone: 020 7942 4637
E-mail: lisa.derry@sciencemuseum.ac.uk