Peer-reviewed articles, publications and citations are the currency of the scientific realm. While they are professional necessity for the scientific community, they are not necessarily going to get you far in terms of engaging the broader community, having non-academics ‘get’ science, much less care about it.
While we as a species value evidence and certainty, ultimately, it’s people that we are really interested in. People care about people. And we should be bringing out the human side of science more.
This session is a to-the-point and earnest look at the importance of telling the human stories of science. It discusses who’s stories we should be telling, dilemmas and ethical parameters, and the unexpected benefits of bringing flaws and chaos to a world that prizes rule and order.
Examples will come from the multi-million dollar global slum upgrading research program RISE (Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments). RISE is working to improve the lives of 7,000 slum dwellers in Fiji and Indonesia, by strengthening access to essential water and sanitation services. We will explore the human stories coming out of this research trial, that operates in a world of UN agencies, development banks, globally ranked universities, international non-profits, scientists and slum communities.