The Evidence Chamber: Playful science communication and research through digital storytelling

Heather Doran (Lead / Corresponding author), Dan Barnard, Joe McAlister, Rachel Briscoe, Lucina Hackman, Niamh Nic Daeid

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number786891
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Communication
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2021


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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