Amateur science is really not a new idea, especially as science only became a profession in the 19th century. We have always tinkered about in our sheds, kitchens and workshops, systematically problem-solving and unpicking why the world is the way it is. The newest flavour of amateur science has developed post-internet with the rise of hacking, making and the availability of low-cost DIY electronics. As part of hacker and maker culture, DIY science is typically open, collaborative and community-based, bringing together different expertise and disciplines, to work on grassroots projects and address challenges relevant to the community in a scientific…

Lucy Patterson

Community scientist | co-organiser of the volunteer-run hackathon @SHD_Berlin #openscience #diyscience

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