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Community Monitoring: great debates and local actions

I have just attended the International Seminar on Participatory Monitoring for the Management of Biodiversity and Natural Resources that occurred between September 22-26, in Manaus – Brazil, and was organised by the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (MMA) and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio). The Seminar aimed at promoting and strengthening participatory monitoring as a key … Continue reading

Complex Systems: YRNCS Workshop 2014

This September the Young Researchers Network on Complex Systems (YRNCS) held their first workshop in Lucca (Italy) which featured a wide array of research disciplines, ‘self-organised’ by the YRNCS Committee, as well as those early Post Docs, masters and PhD students that attended. From climate change to human economics, a series of tutorials, participatory projects … Continue reading

From climate change to isolated tribes: notes on the 66th Meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science

The 66th annual meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC) took place between July 22-27, in the capital city of Acre State, Rio Branco. This year’s theme was “Science and Technology in an Amazon without borders”. The debates suited perfectly my interests as an Extreme Citizen Science researcher, and the event … Continue reading

RGS IBG AC 2014 – Sessions on “GIS Education: Who Wins?”

Claire Ellul and I had the privilege of not only hosting one session, but two sessions at this year’s Royal Geographic Society IBG Annual Conference, sponsored by both the Geographic Information Science Research Group (GIScRG) and the Higher Education Research Group, that were titled “GIS Education: Who Wins?”. This is the 3rd year in a row … Continue reading

Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction

Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction is a summer school course that took place in Tallinn University, Estonia from the 25th to the 31st of July 2014. The course was primarily designed to assist PhD students and practitioners to better understand the major research methods in the area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and allow them … Continue reading

Challenging RISK: PhD Studentship – Deadline Extended

We’re still advertising an exciting position for upcoming work with the Challenging RISK project (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/challenging-risk) which will be an interdisicplinary study involving Citizen Scientists, Earthquake Engineers, Fire Engineers and Psychologists. We’ve just extended the deadline to 15 August, 2014; if you’re a UK/EEA citizen and are interested, please apply to the post on UCL’s website … Continue reading

STEM Camp at Iḷisaġvik College in Barrow, Alaska

Greetings from Barrow! I am back in the Arctic to continue my research on the use of smartphone technology and pocket weather meters  by subsistence hunters to create a local record of climate change. As part of my research I will be running a citizen science hackathon together with Brian Fuchs from The Mobile Collective at … Continue reading

Problematic Porcupines and Elephantine Issues

I’ve never yet seen an elephant in the Congo rainforest, and to be honest it’s a little difficult at times to imagine that animals so large can a) hide themselves so effectively or b) even fit at all in amongst the dense mess of trees and brush and leaves that make up the forest’s ground … Continue reading

Challenging RISK: PhD Studentship available for UK/EEA Applicants

We’re currently advertising an exciting position for upcoming work with the Challenging RISK project (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/excites/projects/excites-projects/ucl-challenging-risk/challenging-risk) which will be an interdisicplinary study involving Citizen Scientists, Earthquake Engineers, Fire Engineers and Psychologists. If you’re a UK/EEA citizen and are interested, please apply to the post on FindAPhD.com (http://www.findaphd.com/search/projectDetails.aspx?PJID=55645). 

DANGEROUS ICE, Barrow Alaska

As part of my research into the use of ICT for adaptation to climate change in the Arctic, I had set about to interview the hunters and residents of Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska about the recent shorefast ice break-off  event which nearly took the lives of a whaling crew that drifted away on an ice floe: “There were … Continue reading

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