Science in Society

Regan (with Dr Laura Kelley) teaches a level 3 undergraduate module called ‘Science in Society’. Students study the two-way interaction between society and science, i.e. what society wants from or perceives scientists, and how scientists can engage different parts of society in research. We also study why there is sometimes a divide between scientists and society. 


As a final assignment, students produce an outreach project that educates or otherwise engages the public in cutting-edge scientific research. Some of these projects are so good that we wanted to share them here. Of course we can only host the projects that are web-friendly here. There are countless other amazing and creative projects we can’t feature!


If you’re interested in knowing more about the project please contact the students directly, but please do let us know about your interest, either by email (r.early@exeter.ac.uk) or twitter @fabiogeography.

Ethical Eats 

by Abi Gwynn

abi.gwynn@virginmedia.com

Ethical Eats is an environmentally-minded recipe book. Each recipe substitutes some of the most environmentally damaging and unethical ingredients with alternatives that help you reduce you environmental impact.

Cap's journey

by Diba Sharafi

Email: capsjourney@gmail.com

Twitter: @capsjourney

A website communicating the impacts of plastic waste as well as providing information and resources to help people reduce their own plastic usage.

While this started as a Uni project, I have since brought more people on board and we are now a small team.

Living with Wolves

by Sarah Callow

Email: sarah.callow@btinternet.com

Last Chance to See UK 

by Christophe Patterson

 

Email: christophepatterson@outlook.com

Twitter: @Christophe_Patt

Some of the most iconic and celebrated British animals are in decline. Even hedgehogs and songbirds, like the Skylark, are becoming harder to find. This book journeys throughout the UK, searching for species that have begun to fall in number and to answer the question, why this may be the last chance to see them.

My website is aimed at farmers or ranchers who are concerned about wolves spreading or being reintroduced into their local areas. As well as discussing why the reintroduction of wolves is important and beneficial, it provides information on some of the options available for livestock management that can protect against wolves, what scientific evidence there is for their success, and how they can be implemented.

Snowshoe hares change their coat colour from white in the winter, to brown in the summer. This change in colour enables them to use camouflage to hide from any potential predators all year round. As our planet warms, the time of snow cover is changing and leaving snowshoe hares with extended periods in which their coats do not ‘match’ their surroundings. In this game, play as a coyote or a human hunter to help us examine whether this mismatch will influence the effectiveness of snowshoe hare camouflage.

Snowshoe Hares

by Charlotte Jeffers

Email: cj999@exeter.ac.uk

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