Glasgow Science Festival is an excellent opportunity for researchers to gather public opinion on issues of importance to science and society. We spoke to a group of researchers who are doing just that, at this year’s family event in Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.
1. Who are you and what do you do?
We are a team of researchers (Jo McParland, Lisa Kidd & Marilyn Lennon) based at Glasgow Caledonian University, Robert Gordon University and the University of Strathclyde, who collectively come from backgrounds in psychology, nursing and healthcare, and computing and information science.
2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?
We want to talk to as many people at the Festival as possible to ask: what makes or keeps you well?
All too often we focus on the negatives and what is wrong with us rather than the positive things that we have in our lives that can benefit our health and well-being. We will use the information that we collect from Festival goers to help us develop research projects in this area that can be used to support people in different situations, such as those with long-term illnesses, to help them to live well and in a positive way.
3. Why should we come to your event?
There will be the opportunity to learn what others have said keeps them well but importantly, this will be a fun and interactive opportunity for Festival goers of all ages to have their ‘voice’ and share what they personally think helps to make or keep them well, healthy or happy. Attendees will be able to view what others have told us on specially-created poster boards; using stickers, we’ll then ask them to select the five things that they most agree with or add any extra ones that we haven’t yet got!
4. This year’s festival theme is ‘Glasgow Explores’. Where would you like to explore?
We would like to explore what makes the people of Glasgow well. What do they have around them that makes or keeps them well, healthy and happy? People? Places? Themselves? Something else?
5. What’s the best thing about being a scientist or engineer?
Being able to work with and learn from members of the public to understand the issues most important in society that we need to focus on as researchers and academics.
Join Jo, Lisa and Marilyn at Glasgow Science Festival Explores @ Kelvingrove on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June. For full details, visit the website.