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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 detect...

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 green...

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...

Citizen scientists to tackle ocean plastic pollution

Citizen scientists to tackle ocean plastic pollution

A crew of citizen scientists will embark in October on a round-the-world voyage to address ocean plastic pollution. The voyage sets sail on October 8th. The team behind the EXXpedition voyage are partnering with researchers at The University of Plymouth to develop...

Citizen data meets urban planning to win prestigious prize

Citizen data meets urban planning to win prestigious prize

This weekend at digital art festival Ars Electronica, participatory urban planning project 300.000 Km/s won the STARTS Prize for Innovative Collaboration. The project, which combined research with citizen co-creation to generate a new urban plan for the Ciutat Vella...

Microplastics found in the Arctic snow fly there

Microplastics found in the Arctic snow fly there

By Kat Austen - IGB A study from the Alfred-Wegener-Institute reports that microplastic particles have been found in snow from the Alps to the Arctic. Of those particles found in Arctic snow varnish, rubber, polyethylene, and polyamide are most common. Most of the...

Air Pollution project spans India – Pakistan border

Air Pollution project spans India – Pakistan border

By Kat Austen - IGB  Researchers from UrbanSciences in Mumbai and Pakistan Air Quality (PakAirQuality https://twitter.com/pakairquality ) Initiative in Islamabad are collaborating to provide open data in Pakistan for citizens to get updates on air pollution across...

Invasion of painted ladies in North-Western Europe

Invasion of painted ladies in North-Western Europe

The last few days the number of Painted ladies, large orange and black butterflies have increased enormously in North-Western Europe. These butterflies come from Africa and the Mediterranean to the northern parts of Europe almost every year but the numbers vary a lot....

Garden butterfly count

Garden butterfly count

From 6 till 28th of July 2019 people in the Netherlands were asked to record the number of butterflies in their garden for 15 minutes. In total 73.445 butterflies were recorded in 2956 gardens. This gives insight in an important habitat that is not easily accessible...

Citizen science can change the world

Citizen science can change the world

How can citizen science projects influence the world we live in? A substantial number of citizen science projects start from the wish to change something. The Tatort street light project, for example, measures insect occurrence and behaviour because they want to...

Impact assessment: a multidimensional approach

Impact assessment: a multidimensional approach

How do we measure the impact of citizen science projects? Citizen science projects are different from more traditional scientific pursuits and from “standard” projects with specific targets. A citizen science project can be hugely successful even if it produces no...

The Lean Survey Canvas

The Lean Survey Canvas

Gloria Re Calegari - Cefriel - 23/7/2019The Lean Survey Canvas - A methodology to design powerful surveys Surveys are the main method employed in collecting data from users and many citizen science projects face the not-so-easy task of designing a good questionnaire....

Tellus 2019

Tellus 2019

By Nuria Castell - NILU The Environmental and climate conference Tellus 2019 (Miljø- og klimakonferansen), organized by the Oslo main library, will take place from 12 to 14 June. The conference invites several hundred of upper secondary schools in Oslo to meet...

“Pushing boundaries” – ECSITE 2019 – Copenhagen

“Pushing boundaries” – ECSITE 2019 – Copenhagen

By Nuria Castell - NILU “Pushing boundaries” - was the title of the ECSITE 2019 conference that took place in Copenhagen last week. It gathered 1190 participants from 59 different countries, making it the largest ECSITE Conference ever. NILU presented the ACTION case...

Citizen science & transition

Citizen science & transition

Julia Wittmayer, Drift, 03-06-2019 What is the role of citizen science in sustainability transitions? While the field of sustainability transitions research starts to embrace transformative research approaches such as transdisciplinary research, Living Lab approaches...

Citizen Sensing

Citizen Sensing

Annelli Janssen, Drift Citizen Sensing – a toolbox is a great guide for setting up a citizen sensing project, based on the experiences of the Making Sense project. The toolkit is based on values of empowerment, co-creation, changemaking, and openness. It contains...

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