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Community X-Change

Sciencewise co-funded project 2005-2008


Community x-change is the name given to a series of workshops where members of the public, scientists and policy makers met to discuss issues involving science and their thoughts, feelings and ideas for possible actions. Find out more about the project background.

Impacts & Value

•   Evaluation of pilot phase led to process improvements.

•   Scientists overcame fears of two way engagement with the public.

•   Groups normally excluded from policy making processes interacted directly with decision-makers.

Project Status

Participant reflections on community x-change: now and then
Blog post by Laura Bowwater

Policy Maker View

“Discussions of controversial issues can succeed if diverse publics are allowed to contribute the expertise they have gained through their life experiences on an equal footing with experts.”
Alice Taylor-Gee, Project Manager, community x change, Norwich

What the public said

“I enjoyed the final day most – that was an opportunity to put questions to decision makers or people in a better position to make change – the MPs.”
Community X-Change participant

Delivered By

Operating Theatre
Operating Theatre produces thought-provoking plays on health themes using professional writers, directors and actors.

The Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre
A University Research Centre within Newcastle University which aims to research, inform and improve policy, professional practice and public participation in the life sciences

The British Science Association
A registered charity that exists to advance the public understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering in the UK.