SCC2013 - Citizen Science - Michael Pocock

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Presentation from Working with arts festivals at the 2013 Science Communication Conference organised by the British Science Association - slides by Michael Pocock

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SCC2013 - Citizen Science - Michael Pocock

  1. 1. Real science and realengagement: the value ofcitizen scienceMichael Pocock
  2. 2. 20022003200420052006200720082009201050kmHorse-chestnut leaf-minerCameraria ohridella
  3. 3. 1. Hands on – veryinteractive2. Working with schoolsand the media3. Hypothesis led =involvement in thescientific processMission:pest controllersIs pest controlgreatest where themoth has been longest? Parasitoid = ‘Pest controller’Cameraria ohridella = ‘Alien moth’
  4. 4. Mission: alien mothsIs the level of damage totrees is greatest where themoth has been longest?01234
  5. 5. Website Interactive Easy to develop Not field-based =less accurate & fewerrecords2010
  6. 6. 2011Take photo and score damageGPS gets locationDescribe ground cover(hypothesis-led science)With Dave KilbeyFunding:2010Website Interactive Easy to develop Not field-based =less accurate & fewerrecordsPhoto: Dave Kilbey
  7. 7. More engagement • 18,000+ downloads• Greater participation, new audiences• NewsworthinessBetter science • Greater accuracy• Ease of contributing (6160 uploads from2450 devices)• Data validationiTunes No. 1 UKeducation appCrowd-sourced validation of uploaded photos
  8. 8. 1b1234ModelleddamagescoreatendofSeptember0.00.10.20.30.40.5rep(1:9, 3)ParasitismofC.orhidellainJulyinterpolatedextrapolatedc201020092008200720062005200420032002Arrival dateResultsThe level of leafdamage is greatestwhere the moth hasbeen longestThe level of ‘pestcontrol’ is greatestwhere the moth hasbeen longest →interesting ecology
  9. 9. The final mission: Can birds save our conker trees?Inspired by the citizen scientists themselves
  10. 10. With Darren EvansFunded by:The highlights• Engaged c. 18, 000 people• Reached several millionpeople• Received 10, 000+ datapoints• Addressed hypothesesabout an invasive insect• Discovered new biologyabout the insect• Real science and goodengagement

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