Lewis is a science educator and Scotland Fun Palaces Ambassador. His role involves supporting grassroots science & arts participation across Scotland as “scientist-in-residence” at Voluntary Arts Scotland, bridging this with traditional public engagement and sharing the learning into a three-year cultural democracy action research project. With a background in neuroscience, he directs the Science Ceilidh project exploring biomedical sciences with traditional arts with communities who do not usually engage in science and schools, and regularly performs, consults & trains others in science communication internationally.
Abstract Title: Create, Collaborate & Challenge
How can we develop public and community engagement practices that are more culturally democratic and community-led? This active workshop will explore these ideas applied to your own work through provocations & prompts with the help of a toolkit developed between the Fun Palaces campaign and ROTOR (University of Huddersfield) along with sharing some of the learnings of the UK wide three-year Action Research project across science and arts with Scotland Ambassador Lewis Hou.