The Evidence Chamber: Playful Science Communication and Research Through Digital Storytelling

Doran, Heather; Barnard, Daniel; McAlister, Joe; Briscoe, Rachel; Hackman, Lucina and Nic Daeid, Niamh. 2021. The Evidence Chamber: Playful Science Communication and Research Through Digital Storytelling. Frontiers in Communication, 6, 786891. ISSN 2297-900X [Article]

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In a courtroom, it is essential that the scientific evidence is both understandable and understood, so that the strengths and limitations of that evidence, within the context of a legal case, can inform decision making. The Evidence Chamber brings together entertainment, public engagement with science and research into a public performance activity that is centred around digital storytelling and science communication. This experience engages public audiences with science and allows a better understanding of how people interpret scientific evidence. In this paper, we discuss how we created this experience as an in-person and fully virtual performance through successful collaboration between forensic science research, public audiences, public engagement professionals, the legal profession, and digital performance artists.

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Funding: Leverhume Trust RC-2015-011 Arts Council England ORGR-00232246.


science communication, forensic science, digital theatre, public engagement, law

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16 November 2021Accepted
8 December 2021Published

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10 Jan 2022 14:28

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