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The Science and Technology Library offers a new exhibitions on citizen science
The Science and Technology Library and the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) are working on a new joint project which aims to disseminate citizen science amongst the university community.
From 28 November to the end of January 2018 the Science and Technology Library at the UAB Faculty of Science and Biosciences will be offering exhibitions on the projects BeWater and Mosquito Alert. The activity forms part of a series of exhibitions dedicated this year to CREAF's citizen science projects.
During a few months, CREAF's five citizen science projects will be exhibited at the UAB's Science and Technology Library. CREAF consolidated its line of research dedicated to citizen science some years now and holds a prominent position in this subject.
Citizen science refers to the general public's involvement in different scientific research activities to provide valuable information, whether that be sharing knowledge, helping to gather and analyse data, interpret results, conduct new discoveries, develop technologies and applications, or solving complex problems.
The evolution of new technologies have made this connection between scientists and the general public much easier. Thanks to this, the scientific sector and the public in general are able to develop new policies, implement them and provide solutions to many of the challenges society faces today.
Until the end of June 2018 the following projects will be exhibited at the library:
Mosquito Alert (November 2017 - January 2018): its objective is to control disease-vector mosquitoes by combining the efforts of science, management and citizen collaboration. In this sense, the volunteers participating can send photos taken with their mobile devices.
BeWater (November 2017 – January 2018): this project aims to promote the adaptation to global climate change in the management of Mediterranean waters through participative co-creation processes with the aim of defining problems and finding solutions jointly between scientists and citizens.
GroundTruth 2.0 (February 2018): this great project evaluates the effectiveness of six citizen observatories studying the environment. One of the observatories is RitmeNatura.cat, led by the CREAF and in which plant phenology is being studied.
Natusfera (March – April 2018): this cooperative online platform is open to everyone interested in uploading photos of nature and having them identified with their scientific name by a group of experts. All of the data collected is then sent to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
AlertaForestal (May - June 2018): the objective of this project is to analyse the health of forests in Catalonia and foresee the needs for the future, taking into account climate change and other environmental changes. Citizens can participate in different aspects of the alert campaigns.
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