October 17, 2021

I, Science

The science magazine of Imperial College

When we think of the Science Museum, our first thoughts rarely involve contemporary research. Yet, with the help of the public, this is exactly what goes on in Live Science.

Me in 3D” is the new project taking over previous incarnations of Live Science (‘Insight from your Sight‘, ‘Familiar Faces‘). A team of researchers will be taking 3D photographs of willing members of the public in order to explore questions such as: How are our faces constructed? How does your face differ from other faces? What do you look like in another dimension?

Their aim is to create a database containing 3D images of thousands of volunteers’ faces, to help understand why our face shape is the way it is. Dr Chris Abela, Senior Craniofacial Fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said, “We know a lot about the bones in our faces but little is known about what makes our face the shape it is and about the skin and muscles that make up our face. By collecting as many 3D face photographs as we can we will have a greater understanding of our complex faces, and have greater knowledge to plan and perform the best facial surgery in the future.  This is a really exciting event and we want as many children, young people and adults to come and see themselves in 3D.”

With unique equipment and a worthy goal, this project is a great way to see how science can interact with the public and contribute results with real world implications. Priya Umachandran, Contemporary Science Developer at the Science Museum, said, “The Science Museum thrives on engaging visitors in the latest contemporary science issues and our Live Science programme lets visitors meet the experts and involves the public directly in cutting-edge research which has an impact upon all of us.”

Projects like this show that science can be a public enterprise, contribute results, and be fun! Since participation is free, pop along to the Science Museum and take part!

“Me in 3D” will be running until 10 April 2012 in the Who Am I? gallery on the 1st floor of the Wellcome Wing.

Visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/mein3d or www.mein3d.info for more information.