Evidence light pollution can be measured directly from space

Evidence light pollution can be measured directly from space

By Lucía García & Jaime Zamorano – UCM  Light pollution was believed could only be measured with photometers from the ground, but a new research published in Scientific Reports (Nature group) has proven that it is also detectable from space. Satellites...
Citizen Science on Lockdown

Citizen Science on Lockdown

As millions across the globe are having to self-isolate to prevent the spread of coronavirus, astronomical observation activities are reduced to those we can carry out from our home with instrumentation we happen to have with us. The lockdown is an exceptional...
The importance of green space in cities

The importance of green space in cities

By Roy van Grunsven – Dutch Butterfly Conservation In parts of Europe where there is no complete lockdown, people are allowed to go outside in small numbers while keeping a distance. In several cases this has led to large numbers of people going to parks and...
What do you understand by #OpenScience?

What do you understand by #OpenScience?

Last February, from 17th to 19th, ACTION celebrated its Accelerator Kick-off Meeting in Berlin. Members of the project had a meeting to give a boost to the development of the actions in which they are involved. Among the participants, Oscar Corcho, as part of UPM,...
Breaking down the ivory tower with citizen scientists

Breaking down the ivory tower with citizen scientists

During the NWO Synergy conference, we did a workshop on citizen science’s potential to democratise our science system. Participants thought about what we need to change in our current scientific system and came up with problems such as the widening gap between science...
Habitat loss and drought huge blow for Dutch butterflies

Habitat loss and drought huge blow for Dutch butterflies

Many butterfly species are threatened in the Netherlands, especially species from nutrient poor sandy areas are doing poorly. This is due to a large part a result of habitat loss and nitrogen deposition. The areas where they occur have become smaller and smaller, and...