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Calls for more ethical fieldwork in space research

A paper from AstrobiologyOU researchers calling for endorsing an ethical approach to fieldwork has been published in Nature Astronomy.

21st September 2023
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OU to host conference on disability research

Valuable insights on disability research, will be shared at the OU’s Exploring Equitable Research Careers for Disabled Researchers conference, hosted online on Thursday 21 September.

18th September 2023
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First OU Citizen Advisory Panel to direct societal challenge-led research

The inaugural meeting of the Open University Citizen Advisory Panel brought together people from all over the OU community, including alumni, students, and members of staff.

8th September 2023
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The Environmental Impact of Filmmaking

Launching on Friday 7 September at the British Film Institute in London, The Environmental Impact of Filmmaking is an Open Societal Challenge project at The Open University, led by Dr Rebecca Harrison.

7th September 2023
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