Open Source Science

What if everyone was included in scientific research?

As a charity, we work with our local communities to help create a future where everyone is included, curious and inspired to build a better world together.

You can find our manifesto here  

What is Open Source Science?

Open Source Science is a pioneering new way that we're working with researchers to involve underrepresented audiences in research.

You may have heard the term 'citizen science' before, but this is a little different to that - this is about involving different people in all stages of the research process, not just data collection or dissemination of end results.

It's about overcoming the challenges that separate audiences from research. It's about helping audiences to work alongside researchers, to explore and challenge the whole process together.

Overall we hope that this will make scientific research more representative of communities, more relevant and more useful.

Have your say in scientific research

With your help we want to challenge and shape scientific research.

When you come through our doors, there will be opportunities to get involved with, and influence, real research in the venue.

Often this takes place in Open City Lab - our working laboratory space on the ground floor. We usually have some activities on offer that are self-led, along with daily opportunities to contribute to projects with our Live Science Team and researchers.

Our Open Source Science activities sometimes might not appear to be research. And you might tink that you're not contributing anything useful - but trust us, you are!

Previous activities have included listening to glaciers, robot design and ethical decision making.

And soon you'll also be able to get involved online, without visiting.

Get involved as a partner or researcher

Let's transform engagement from someting that has to be done, to something that is sought after.

Open Source Science is your opportunity to put a question to the public before you go through the ethics process, or ask 'has anyone lived with this issue'?

We want you to leave thinking differently about your research because of the interactions you've had with our visitors.

We also want to give a voice to groups, like community researchers, who aren't traditionally perceived as scientists and show that the mould can be broken.

If you'd like to find out more, contact:

Helen Della Nave, Open Source Science Manager -

A huge thank you!

Thank you to all the funders and partners whose generous support makes Open Source Science possible.

Thank you also to everyone that has already contributed to Open Source Science projects - including our visitors, volunteers, staff and researchers.