Citizen Science - Sci Comm 13

Citizen science session at Sci Comm 13 - Using examples of citizen science, delegates explored how to measure the success of citizen science and what aspects of a citizen science project can improve the effectiveness of science communication.

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  1. A storify of the citizen science session at the Science Communication Conference
    Kings Place, London (16 & 17 May 2013). The session came from an idea by PhD student Chris Rhodes from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. The session was chaired by Katherine Mathieson, Director of Education, British Science Association. Speakers included Dr Helen Roy, an ecological entomologist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Dr Michael Pocock, an ecologist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lisa Horton, from the Communications team at the University of East Anglia, and Dr David Jones from Imperial College, London, representing OPAL.
  2. The Chair opened the session with a brief introduction followed by Dr Helen Roy who illustrated the landscape of citizen science (with ladybird examples).
  3. The next talk was from Lisa Horton who described how UEA developed and promoted the ashtag app, used to record possible sightings of ash dieback.
  4. Next up was Dr Michael Pocock who talked about Conker Tree Science, a specific example of citizen science which has been running for three years.
  5. Questions and answers on twitter and in the room
  6. The panel responded by saying they saw a future with more collaborative projects but many people are happy to contribute something valuable to projects designed by others.
  7. The final talk was from Dr David Jones who spoke about the Earthworm Survey, part of OPAL, a large lottery funded programme that ran citizens science projects across the country.