InSIS Hilary Seminar Series - seminar 1

Science in your own hands? Promises and Perils of DIY Science

In the 21st century, the production of scientific knowledge has moved beyond academic or industrial laboratories to online communities, low-rent “hackspaces,” personal wearable devices, and low-cost kits that can be ordered from the internet. Does DIY science provide a more egalitarian form of scientific production? To which issues and problems is it particularly suited? How are matters of authority, expertise and credibility addressed in de-centralized scientific platforms? How are quality and outcomes assessed? This series explores the changing ecologies of knowledge and the implications of the public taking the production of science “into their own hands.”