Hosted by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Institute of Zoology
In this age of environmental crisis, we need a range of data and evidence-collection methods to underpin environmental decision-making and to massively scale up our action for positive change. Well-designed citizen science can be a cost-effective and high-impact way of gathering broad and detailed information, especially over large geographical areas. It can also be the glue that binds stakeholders around a conservation issue, builds social capital and connects people to nature.
Conservation organisations know this, and that is why over the last 30 years the number of citizen science projects in the UK has risen exponentially. The UK Government recognises the value of citizen science and plan to incorporate it in the strategy to monitor progress against their own 25 Year Environment Plan. This event will use case studies from a variety of projects to illustrate and discuss what motivates people to get involved in citizen science, what the potential impacts of citizen science projects are, and which sections of society aren’t engaging and why?
This is an interactive online event which will be livestreamed on YouTube here: zsl.org/IoZYouTube.
About the speaker
Sarah West is Centre Director for SEI York. Her research is around citizen science and public participation in scientific research more generally. For over a decade, Sarah has designed, run, evaluated and undertaken research on citizen science projects.
Follow her on twitter: @SarahWest_SEI