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I am happy to announce that in the new year we will be running a series of workshops for Cork’s Citizen Scientists. In contrast to the small series of lectures we ran this year, the new workshops will be completely focused on supporting local citizen scientists in their efforts to answer real questions with real data.
The 2-hour workshops will take place every 2 weeks (on Saturday evenings), for approximately 6 months. They will cover the following topics, with the aim of developing and conducting a real research project:
The philosophical foundations of science
The importance of science for shared decision making
Formulating useful, scientific questions
Causal and statistical inference
Research ethics and data protection
Accessing appropriate data
Cleaning and manipulating data
Drawing reasonable conclusions from our research
Communicating our research to stakeholders
Due to the nature of the workshop, we are only accepting 10 participants (though we may expand to two parallel groups if there is demand). No prior experience with research or data analysis is required.
To apply, please send a 1-page (max!) summary of your best research idea to [masked] by December 1. They will be reviewed and scored by a panel. Scoring criteria will include coherence, presentation, potential impact of the research, and whether the research idea is pragmatic. Successful applicants will be notified by January 1. Workshops will start in February. In your application, please include your name and an email address where you can be reached. No other personal information is required. The workshops are free of charge.
Participants will ideally have laptops to work with. For anyone without access to a laptop, we’ll make every effort to find one for you to use during the workshops.
You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
You cannot be employed as an academic or researcher, or enrolled as a student in a postgraduate research degree program. Please understand that this workshop is for the wider community, many of whom don’t otherwise have access to this kind of training. Email me If you have any questions about your eligibility ([masked]). If you are a professional researcher and would like more training in statistics and data analysis, feel free to get in touch – we have other venues for that support.
Participants must commit to attending all of the workshops (beyond the occasional, unavoidable absence). Participants must also be willing to work on their projects for at least 5 hours per week. If you can’t commit to full participation, please don’t take a place that might go to someone who can.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch by email.