Notes from thematic session on the promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums, 23 June, 2002

Information from the session that is stated at https://unece.org/sites/default/files/2022-06/WGP-26_Programme_PPIF_session.pdf “The thematic session on the promotion of the principles of the Aarhus Convention in international forums will include panel presentations and round table discussion on rules of procedure and practice with regard to access to information and public participation in the international decision-making on legally binding … Continue reading Notes from thematic session on the promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums, 23 June, 2002

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Roundtable on environmental defenders – Aarhus convention ExMOP

Notes from the roundtable on environmental defenders. I have not tried to capture the exact words of the presenters. This is part of the Aarhus ExMOP from 24 June 2022. The chair of the session, Teresa Weber, noted that the appointment of the special rapporteur on environmental defenders, elected yesterday is a way in which … Continue reading Roundtable on environmental defenders – Aarhus convention ExMOP

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Thematic session on access to information (UNECE Aarhus convention – working group of parties)

These notes are from a session which is part of the working group meeting of the parties of the Aarhus Convention on 22 June 2022. It’s only part of the meeting, which the full details of can be found on the UNECE site. The thematic session on access to information focused on products and their … Continue reading Thematic session on access to information (UNECE Aarhus convention – working group of parties)

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Mutual Learning Exercise – Citizen Science Initiatives (Vienna meeting)

These are notes from the meeting on topic 4 of the Mutual Learning Exercise on citizen science initiatives, it’s the notes from the day, and don’t represent any official view of the event, which is available on the European Commission’s website. The meeting took place 7-8 June 2022 in Vienna, at the Palais Harrach. Important … Continue reading Mutual Learning Exercise – Citizen Science Initiatives (Vienna meeting)

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Recording of the collabinar: teaching citizen science (UC Davis)

Early in May, I had the pleasure of participating in the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) Center for Community and Citizen Science Collabinar. The event was an opportunity to reflect on the development of teaching citizen science at UCL – the creation of a graduate-level course, the development of training modules within the … Continue reading Recording of the collabinar: teaching citizen science (UC Davis)

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Conference notes: Engaging Citizen Science – Aarhus. Keynote Heidi Ballard

The Engaging Citizen Science conference is organised by the Danish citizen science network and took place at Aarhus University (25-26 April). The conference started with a keynote by Heidi Ballard, UC Davis. Heidi Ballard – engaging communities. Multiple crises: Covid-19, climate change, racial injustice, refugee crisis. Young people feel paralysed about it. Science has a … Continue reading Conference notes: Engaging Citizen Science – Aarhus. Keynote Heidi Ballard

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New paper: Citizen science in China’s water resources monitoring: current status and future prospects

There is something special in the first peer-review publication. It’s a milestone and an important stage in the development of the researcher that is leading on it. For PhD students, it is an important stage – instead of a consumer of academic publications, you’re becoming a producer of scientific knowledge. This new publication “Citizen science … Continue reading New paper: Citizen science in China’s water resources monitoring: current status and future prospects

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New paper: Citizen science in China’s water resources monitoring: current status and future prospects

There is something special in the first peer-review publication. It’s a milestone and an important stage in the development of the researcher that is leading on it. For PhD students, it is an important stage – instead of a consumer of academic publications, you’re becoming a producer of scientific knowledge. This new publication “Citizen science … Continue reading New paper: Citizen science in China’s water resources monitoring: current status and future prospects

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Contours of Citizen Science paper published in Royal Society Open Science

At the end of 2019, just before the pandemic, I was lucky to be hosted and supported by the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity in Paris (CRI-Paris.org) and with colleagues from ECSA and the European project EU-Citizen.Science carried out a survey to help identify what are the boundaries of citizen science, in terms of the … Continue reading Contours of Citizen Science paper published in Royal Society Open Science

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Contours of Citizen Science paper published in Royal Society Open Science

At the end of 2019, just before the pandemic, I was lucky to be hosted and supported by the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity in Paris (CRI-Paris.org) and with colleagues from ECSA and the European project EU-Citizen.Science carried out a survey to help identify what are the boundaries of citizen science, in terms of the … Continue reading Contours of Citizen Science paper published in Royal Society Open Science

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CSA law and policy group: the Aarhus Convention and Citizen Science

This is the recording from earlier this month from a meeting of the Citizen Science Association (CSA) meeting of the law and policy working group which was dedicated to Aarhus convention and its relevance to citizen science. The main speakers in the session were Lea Shanley, who co-chair the group, Anna Berti Suman (check her … Continue reading CSA law and policy group: the Aarhus Convention and Citizen Science

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CSA law and policy group: the Aarhus Convention and Citizen Science

This is the recording from earlier this month from a meeting of the Citizen Science Association (CSA) meeting of the law and policy working group which was dedicated to Aarhus convention and its relevance to citizen science. The main speakers in the session were Lea Shanley, who co-chair the group, Anna Berti Suman (check her … Continue reading CSA law and policy group: the Aarhus Convention and Citizen Science

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New paper: Exploring factors associated with participation in citizen science among UK museum visitors aged 40–60

The DITOs escalator was developed as part of the “Doing It Together Science” project and represent a conceptual framework that positions citizen science within the wider set of activities that we can consider as public engagement in science – from the act of reading an article about scientific discovery in a newspaper to developing your … Continue reading New paper: Exploring factors associated with participation in citizen science among UK museum visitors aged 40–60

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New paper: Exploring factors associated with participation in citizen science among UK museum visitors aged 40–60

The DITOs escalator was developed as part of the “Doing It Together Science” project and represent a conceptual framework that positions citizen science within the wider set of activities that we can consider as public engagement in science – from the act of reading an article about scientific discovery in a newspaper to developing your … Continue reading New paper: Exploring factors associated with participation in citizen science among UK museum visitors aged 40–60

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UCL Office of Open Science & Scholarship launch – citizen science webinar

This text and video is reblogged and edited from https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/open-access/2020/10/29/launch-week-summary/ Last week marked the launch of the UCL Office of Open Science & Scholarship which is part of the library at UCL. The office includes support for citizen science activities at UCL, and as such, marks an important milestone in the institutional support for such … Continue reading UCL Office of Open Science & Scholarship launch – citizen science webinar

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UCL Office of Open Science & Scholarship launch – citizen science webinar

This text and video is reblogged and edited from https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/open-access/2020/10/29/launch-week-summary/ Last week marked the launch of the UCL Office of Open Science & Scholarship which is part of the library at UCL. The office includes support for citizen science activities at UCL, and as such, marks an important milestone in the institutional support for such … Continue reading UCL Office of Open Science & Scholarship launch – citizen science webinar

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Citizen Science & SDG, Berlin 14-15 Oct – a hybrid conference

The Citizen Science and Sustainable Development Goals (or in its full name “Knowledge for Change: A decade of Citizen Science (2020-2030) in support of the SDGs” was held on 14 and 15 October 2020 as a hybrid conference in Berlin and online, using the Hopin platform. I attended the conference in person, as I was … Continue reading Citizen Science & SDG, Berlin 14-15 Oct – a hybrid conference

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Citizen Science & SDG, Berlin 14-15 Oct – a hybrid conference

The Citizen Science and Sustainable Development Goals (or in its full name “Knowledge for Change: A decade of Citizen Science (2020-2030) in support of the SDGs” was held on 14 and 15 October 2020 as a hybrid conference in Berlin and online, using the Hopin platform. I attended the conference in person, as I was … Continue reading Citizen Science & SDG, Berlin 14-15 Oct – a hybrid conference

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Citizen Science & Post-Normal Science zones

The Post-Normal Science 5 symposium moved, like many other scientific meetings this year, to an online meeting. If you haven’t come across the term, it is worth looking into – post-normal science (PNS) is, for me, one of the foundations for how citizen science can be integrated into policy processes. PNS is a conceptual framework … Continue reading Citizen Science & Post-Normal Science zones

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Citizen Science & Post-Normal Science zones

The Post-Normal Science 5 symposium moved, like many other scientific meetings this year, to an online meeting. If you haven’t come across the term, it is worth looking into – post-normal science (PNS) is, for me, one of the foundations for how citizen science can be integrated into policy processes. PNS is a conceptual framework … Continue reading Citizen Science & Post-Normal Science zones

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Investigating the potential of citizen science for effective radon measurement and mitigation

This is a recording of a seminar from early September, which was part of the a session that organised by the Social science and Humanities in ionising radiation Research (SHARE) in their RICOMET 2020 conference. Radon, which is a radioactive gas and that under some condition can accumulate in houses (and especially basements) and is … Continue reading Investigating the potential of citizen science for effective radon measurement and mitigation

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Investigating the potential of citizen science for effective radon measurement and mitigation

This is a recording of a seminar from early September, which was part of the a session that organised by the Social science and Humanities in ionising radiation Research (SHARE) in their RICOMET 2020 conference. Radon, which is a radioactive gas and that under some condition can accumulate in houses (and especially basements) and is … Continue reading Investigating the potential of citizen science for effective radon measurement and mitigation

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Reflections on ECSA 2020 conference

In early February 2019, Lucy Robinson, the then vice-chair of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) asked me to join the conference organising committee on behalf of the ECSA board. The journey finished last Friday afternoon, with the end of the side events of the conference – as always, a long journey, made longer due … Continue reading Reflections on ECSA 2020 conference

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Reflections on ECSA 2020 conference

In early February 2019, Lucy Robinson, the then vice-chair of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) asked me to join the conference organising committee on behalf of the ECSA board. The journey finished last Friday afternoon, with the end of the side events of the conference – as always, a long journey, made longer due … Continue reading Reflections on ECSA 2020 conference

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Introducing: ECSA Characteristics of Citizen Science

Today the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) is launching a document that is aimed to help with identifying the type of activities that belong to citizen science. The document “ECSA Characteristics of Citizen Science” is coming ready with an interpretation document, which is called “ECSA Characteristics of Citizen Science – Explanation Notes“. They are aimed … Continue reading Introducing: ECSA Characteristics of Citizen Science

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Introducing: ECSA Characteristics of Citizen Science

Today the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) is launching a document that is aimed to help with identifying the type of activiti es that belong to citizen science. The document “ECSA Characteristics of Citizen Science” is coming ready with an interpretation document, which is called “ECSA Characteristics of Citizen Science – Explanation Notes“. They are … Continue reading Introducing: ECSA Characteristics of Citizen Science

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What I learned about online teaching and research management?

As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, UCL, like many other universities, is switching to online teaching and interaction between staff, students, and also research teams. I wanted to share what I’ve learned over the year through my use of online teaching and management tools. The experience is based on using tools such as Moodle … Continue reading What I learned about online teaching and research management?

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How Does Citizen Science “Do” Governance? Reflections from the DITOs Project

This is the second post about papers in the special collection of papers in the journal “Citizen Science: Theory and Practice” was dedicated to Policy Perspectives of Citizen Science. The first paper is described in this post. It is fairly rare to be able to catch an image close to the time when a concept … Continue reading How Does Citizen Science “Do” Governance? Reflections from the DITOs Project

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How Does Policy Conceptualise Citizen Science? A Qualitative Content Analysis of International Policy Documents

In early December, a special collection of papers in the journal “Citizen Science: Theory and Practice” was dedicated to Policy Perspectives of Citizen Science. I have contributed to two papers in this collection. The first one is “How Does Policy Conceptualise Citizen Science? A Qualitative Content Analysis of International Policy Documents“. The paper is led by … Continue reading How Does Policy Conceptualise Citizen Science? A Qualitative Content Analysis of International Policy Documents

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The role of learning in citizen science and the impact of participation inequality

From August to December I was hosted at the Centre for Research and interdisciplinarity in Paris. This short term research fellowship had a focus on learning and citizen science. The recording below is from a seminar in November 2019, titled “the role of learning in citizen science and the impact of participation inequality”. The talk … Continue reading The role of learning in citizen science and the impact of participation inequality

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What can we learn from analysing citizen science training materials?

As part of the EU-Citizen.Science project, UCL is leading on the training work package. This means that we coordinate the part of the platform that will help to store and share training material for citizen science projects, and generally for the field (such as the UCL online course). The stay at the Centre for Research … Continue reading What can we learn from analysing citizen science training materials?

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Platforms for citizen science

A CRI-Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle workshop: created by Anshu (CRI long term fellow) and Simon (MNHN), from a meeting at the Galaxy community in Freiburg. I joined the design process and it was structured so the museum and the CRI present the systems that are being developed, with a scope for a discussion about lessons … Continue reading Platforms for citizen science

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ActEarly – outline paper published

ActEarly is a new project, which has started in September. The project is a 5 years “city collaboratory” in Bradford and Tower Hamlets to research early promotion of good health and wellbeing. The project is part of a set of projects that are funded under the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) scheme, which includes an alliance of … Continue reading ActEarly – outline paper published

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Published: Citizen science and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Back in October 2018, I reported on the workshop at the International Institute for Advanced Systems Analysis (IIASA) about non-traditional data approaches and the Sustainable Development Goals. The outcome of this workshop has now been published in Nature Sustainability. The writing process was coordinated by Dr Linda See of IIASA, and with a distributed process that included … Continue reading Published: Citizen science and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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New paper: Does urbanization make emergence of zoonosis more likely? Evidence, myths and gaps

The final output from the Urban Zoo project is out (see the post about the previous paper, which was published in GEO). This one is a literature and analysis of the role of urbanisation in zoonosis. The paper is open access, so you can read it here. It was led by Dr Sohel Ahmed (and … Continue reading New paper: Does urbanization make emergence of zoonosis more likely? Evidence, myths and gaps

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EU Research & Innovation Days 2019 – reflections

The previous post is more of a summary of the conference, but this one is aimed at capturing my reflections from these three days of (fairly high level) science event. This wasn’t a typical event, and it somewhat felt like Carlos Moedas (the leaving commissioner) farewell action as a commissioner, to get the research community that … Continue reading EU Research & Innovation Days 2019 – reflections

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European Research & Innovation Days 2019

Between 24-26 September, the European Commission Directorate-General for Research & Innovation run an event in Brussels, titled “European Research and Innovation Days”. This was a large scale event, with about 3900 participants, which served several purposes. With Horizon 2020 approaching to its end and Horizon Europe starting in about a year an a half, it … Continue reading European Research & Innovation Days 2019

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Geographical magazine: The Future of Mapping

The Geographical magazine, which is the official magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, run an article about “the future of mapping“. The piece was written by Katie Burton, and it covers a range of recent developments in mapping technologies. I was interviewed for the piece, and provided information about our work with Sapelli, and also comments … Continue reading Geographical magazine: The Future of Mapping

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