Director & Co-Founder, FoAM Kernow
Dr. Amber Griffiths is a co-founder of FoAM Kernow, a transdisciplinary lab at the intersection of art, science, nature and everyday life. Her path has led from research in genetics and wildlife disease, to advising the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, the European Parliament, and UK conservation charities, to building unique interactive exhibits for the Natural History Museum London, Eden Project and Deutsches Museum Munich that allow people to explore and contribute to research on the complex hidden worlds of virus and disease spread, camouflage evolution and insect behaviour.
A central motivation for her work is reducing knowledge inequality in its many forms, developing the unique AccessLab workshop series for the Natural Environment Research Council, where she takes scientists out of their comfort zones and enables them to work closely with artists, local councillors and fishing industry professionals. She also designed the "Farm Crap App", a behavioural change project for sustainable horticulture and agriculture, now recommended for use by farmers by the UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
A key reason to move from academic research to founding her own organisation has been to more fully entangle the artistic and scientific worlds, for example she curated the Invisible Worlds residencies at the Eden Project, and uses sonic art and her understanding of the marine environment to take the concept of citizen science into new areas with the Sonic Kayaks project. This project was featured at the British Science Festival on Swansea beach, collecting sensor data and making it into sound, and is now being used by Lizard Adventure in Cornwall, a charity providing kayak adventures to people with visual impairments and other disabilities.