Jay

Jay Mistry

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, United Kingdom

Introducing COBRA to the Public

An Amazon Room at Science Open Day

February 28, 2012

An important aspect of our dissemination strategy is to engage with the public. So, with t-shirts on and brochures in hand, we prepared to tackle the crowds at Royal Holloway’s Science Open Day.

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An important aspect of our dissemination strategy is to engage with the public. So, with t-shirts on and brochures in hand, we prepared to tackle the crowds at Royal Holloway’s Science Open Day.

The aims of the Science Open Days are to showcase research and give people the opportunity to interact with academics and researchers. This year, Jay Mistry and Céline Tschirhart set up an ‘Amazon Room’ – through posters, photostories, slideshows, artefacts and quizzes, we aimed to illustrate the social-ecological and participatory approaches to the COBRA project. And as we kept the small children busy colouring-in animals of the Guiana Shield, we were able to explain the project and its objectives to the older children and adults. Claudia Nuzzo, of the Open University and just back from working with the communities of the North Rupununi, was able to share her experiences and explain some of the wonderful photostories developed by COBRA community researchers.

As we suspected, most people didn’t realise the important role of indigenous peoples in providing solutions for conserving resources in the Guiana Shield and the potential links to their lives and well-being through ecosystem services. With over 3,800 people passing through the doors, we hope we managed to build some awareness of the project goals and perhaps even inspired some people to find out more.

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