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Lessons from Creative Science at Life at ASTC 2016

23 September 2016to27 September 2016

Dr Hannah Rudman and Andy Lloyd of the Designing for Creativity and Innovation in Informal Science Learning project will present learnings and findings to international informal science learning practitioners and academics at the 2016 conference of the Association of Science-Technology Centers in Tampa, Florida.

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Chair of Wellcome Trust visits exhibit pod

The Chair of the Wellcome Trust, Baroness Manningham-Buller visited the exhibit pod, and spoke to the Design for Creativity and Innovation in Informal Science Learning team of academic researchers and science centre practitioners. The team explained to the Baroness about the live science experiments we are undertaking with it, and the research outcomes we might see. The Baroness officially opened the Brain Zone gallery at the Centre for Life, where the exhibit pod is hosted amongst other exhibits that engage people with exploring how our brains work.

The Brain Zone has had input from practitioners and designers, and also from from a wide-range of scientists and researchers, from neuroscientists to psychologists. However, our multidisciplinary team of academics from Durham University broadened out the disciplines represented to include anthropology, digital humanities, and computer scientists (Dr Hannah Rudman is Honorary Fellow at Durham University, and brings the computer science discipline of information systems to the team, as well as her design thinking and participatory action research methods).

You can read more about the scope of the Design for Creativity and Innovation in Informal Science Learning research project at, or continue reading about the launch of the exhibit pod.

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Baroness Manningham-Buller chats with the team by the exhibit pod

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Designing for creativity and innovation in science learning

Head over to the Centre for Life in Newcastle UK’s blog to read about Rudman Consulting’s latest research work.

Undertaken with anthropologists and  digital humanities experts at Durham University, and practitioners from the Centre for Life, Hannah Rudman has introduced participatory action research methods and design processes to a novel project funded by the ESRC.

Together, we are developing novel exhibits that will be experiments that encourage creativity and innovation. We are investigating whether encouraging more creative and innovative forms of enquiry increases engagement with science.

Hannah is also  introducing information systems to be digital research tools for collecting data about people’s activity with the exhibits, and for simultaneously gathering ethical consent. Hannah has been awarded Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University for her work on the project.

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