'All Must Have Prizes': Citizen Science and the Environment

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, London EC1N 2HH

Free public lectures by Professor Carolyn Roberts, Frank Jackson Professor of the Environment and IES Vice President

Prior to the twentieth century, most environmental observations such as rainfall amounts and air temperatures were made by lay observers with interest and time on their hands. Later on, such measurements moved largely into the realms of professionals, but today the role of amateur observers is being revisited. The advent of smart phones and GPS is increasingly allowing citizen observers of wildlife, ecology, air and water quality, and flooding, to enhance our understanding of environmental science. What opportunities exist for individuals to help to solve some of the most complex problems on Earth? And what motivates people to join an environmental research team?

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

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