PechaKucha Presentation

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Shyama Ramani

Professional Fellow, United Nation University MERIT in Maastricht

Breaking Silos, Nudging Communities: the SITE4Society adventure


Shyama Ramani is Professorial Fellow at the research institute United Nations University-MERIT in Maastricht. Her research focuses on the relationships between technology, innovation and their governance for inclusive development. She is also the founder of two non-profit research units ‘Association Un Ami’ and ‘Friend in Need Trust’, in France and India.

Shyama experiences three kinds of knowledge divides today: that between students and scholars in good institutions and the not-so-good ones, that between academics and society and that between truth and fabricated truth.

In her PechaKucha presentation she shows how academics can contribute to societal welfare just through sharing the results of their research in an understandable way. 

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From Science to Society: A Field full of Landmines

@ VOL 31 ON SEP 07, 2016

"How many gems of scientific discovery are out there, published in articles, that we don’t know about?"

One of the goals of scientific research should be the improvement of the human reality. But have we created a world in which the journey from discovery to society is so exhausting that it deters academics from embarking on it? And if so, can we do something about it?

In "From Science to Society: A Field full of Landmines" from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 31, Bart Knols idiscusses how scientists need to better communicate with those who are outside their field in order to contribute to society's development.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, October 10th, 2016. 

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Improving Public Services by Digital Technology

@ VOL 21 ON JAN 23, 2017

Aram Mkhitaryan explores how technologies can be used to improve Government services and what are the new ways of organising and delivering information and services.

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Behavioral Science and Governance

@ VOL 21 ON JAN 23, 2017

Armenak Antinyan discusses how different policy interventions may change human behavior.

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Breaking the two-way mirror: Medical notes

@ VOL 26 ON FEB 09, 2017

Liz Salmi talks about OpenNotes, which enables patients to see their medical notes. Those help interpret the patient needs and improve the communication between doctors and patients.

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From novice to keynote - learning to be an academic one conference at a time

@ VOL 19 ON MAY 23, 2017

Dr Rachel Shanks is a Senior Lecturer based in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen. She is currently conducting research in Huntly, exploring Health and Social Care for the 2020s. She speaks about how people learn at academic conferences - from attending their first conference, how do people learn what to do, how to behave and how to get on at conferences, going from novice to keynote speaker. She covers the formal and informal learning that takes place.

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The Role of Art in Science and Innovation

@ VOL 15 ON JUN 15, 2017

Sharon Jan is a second year design student based in Cairns with a passion for photography and adventure. In this presentation, Sharon shares the the role of art in science and innovation.


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The People's Bank of Govanhill

@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Ailie Rutherford’s collaborative practice is grounded in the places she works. Inviting people to become co-producers of works that activate local public space, she interrogates the way we form communities and connect to each other, working with people to exchange knowledge and collectively imagine alternatives to the way we live now. Her current work The People’s Bank of Govanhill evolved from a residency at Govanhill Baths, Glasgow to become a long term collaborative research project on community currency. In an area frequently described as deprived, the project takes Govanhill’s existing alternative economy as its starting point, considering the diversity and richness of the local community as a form of wealth.

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If you want people to do the right thing, make it easy

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

The complexities of human behaviour and how we adapt to new routines fascinate Rodrigo Morais Prezia Paiva. New routines can come from completely new behaviours or changing ones that we have engrained. Nudging is a new approach where instead of building complex solutions to manage behaviours, a light touch can be used.

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RTFM and Other Knowledge Sharing Technologies

@ VOL 27 ON AUG 22, 2018

Sharing information can be a challenge. Making the best knowledge available to the right people in your organization takes time and effort. The pace of change, the time it takes to write and maintain good documentation and our busy schedules all present roadblocks to effectively produce and disseminate information. How can we employ new tools to keep up in an age where information and data flow and change faster every day.