Amber Griffiths

I'm a founding Director of FoAM Kernow, a non-profit transdisciplinary research lab where we make everything open-source.

With over ten years of experience in research and education in biosciences/sustainability, science publishing and policy, I now work as a generalist, entangling disparate disciplines and developing new ways to do research which integrate better with the needs of society.

My current work combines sound art and remote sensing for Sonic Kayaks, carpentry and electronics for building tangible interfaces for exploring weaving and virus evolution, workshops for reducing knowledge inequality, building systems for behavioural change for sustainable horticulture and agriculture, developing citizen science installations for big museums, and making 3D data visualisations of city greenspace, amongst other things...

Previously I worked as a scientific adviser in the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology translating science for policy makers, and performed advisory roles in the Swedish National Board of Fisheries, European Parliament, and UK conservation charities. I now sit on the advisory panel for the Eden Project’s Invisible Worlds exhibition.

I've written over 30 peer-reviewed articles in internationally recognised journals, cited over 1400 times, spanning data visualisation, remote sensing, genomics, ecology, evolution, wildlife conservation and policy, as well as writing for international media including The Guardian and The Conversation on the rapid global changes in research culture and education.

Before establishing FoAM Kernow I held a tenured lectureship in 'Natural Environment' at the EU funded Environment and Sustainability Institute at the University of Exeter, won a EU Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2013-2015) and an Academy of Finland Research Fellowship (2011-2013), and worked as a researcher on the EU FP7 project BALTGENE (Baltic sea genetic biodiversity and management) and EU FP6 project CLIMIGRATE (Using ancient DNA to predict the response of wildlife to climate change). Once upon a time I did a PhD on frog genetics, using citizen science before it was called that, and I've now had the pleasure of supervising four of my own students through the process.


If you'd like to work together, here are some ways to do that:

FoAM leads and collaborates on research projects - we have an EU PIC code to make this easier (925548878)We help people develop better 'Pathways to Impact', embedding the work fully so that it improves the main researchWe act as an industrial supervisor for PhD studentsWe host residencies at our studios throughout EuropeWe work on a commission basis for museums, festivals and NGOs.