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Contributions to research by human and AI produced lay summaries

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm



Summaries of research for a lay, non-expert audience can improve the research process. Benefits may include helping other researchers understand a new topic; aid students or early career researchers in critically appraising and sharing their research; or communicating research to the wider public. In this webinar, experts will share their work on the creation of lay summaries and how they contribute to improving research. Crucially, we will discuss the implications of both human and generative AI-produced summaries.


  • Pen-Yuan Hsing, University of Bristol
  • Dr Anja Harrison, CEO, The Collaborative Library
  • Dr Avon Huxor, Associate Lecturer, Computer Science, University of Exeter

Programme (GMT+1)

13:00 Welcome and introduction – Pen-Yuan Hsing

13:10 From Experts to Everyone-Unlocking Science with Lay Summaries: The Collaborative Library project – Dr Anja Harrison, CEO, The Collaborative Library

Join us as we delve into the rationale behind the importance of human-generated lay summaries. Discover how our Collaborative Library is working towards establishing an interconnected community of contributors and consumers of scientific lay summaries. This network revolves around presenting multimedia content, complemented by study quality guides and educational resources that revolve around the publication and research processes. The focus is on the impact and educational potential and benefits of human touch.

13:35 Artificial intelligence and text summarization – Dr Avon Huxor, Associate Lecturer, Computer Science, University of Exeter

I will outline the new techniques of artificial intelligence, such as language models, and their use in summarizing texts. Current examples of the technology in use are also discussed, and I will look at how these technologies may impact scientific publishing.

14:00 Presentation to be confirmed, CRUK

14:25 Break

14:30 Panel discussion and Q&A with audience

15:00 End

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October 19
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm