Perspectives on citizen science

Perspectives on citizen science

Citizen science is gaining momentum as a movement uniting professional researchers and science aficionados globally. The term has recently become popular referring to a variety of participation and outreach formats across a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, including ecology and nature conservation, geography, public health, local history and volunteer computing, stretching as far as citizen-led hacker and maker initiatives.

This talk will explore the concept of citizen science and give some examples of existing projects as a basis for discussion, if you like (please bring your ideas). Can we use citizen science to save the world? And what does it need to learn from other social movements and forms of activism?