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Reflections from RGS AC 2016: Participation and avoiding the ‘lab rat’ effect

Honest confession: as someone who did not begin life as a traditional data junkie or geography pro, I was unsure what to expect when attending my first RGS Annual Conference. Most sessions that I attended were (understandably) presented through a purely academic or professional partner lens, including my own. I presented GIS and mapping tools used … Continue reading

RGS AC 2016 – 5 Years of Interdisciplinary GIS Education

This year marks the 5th year in a row of Claire and myself hosting a session on Interdisciplinary GIS Education, which was titled this year “Learning GIS: Establishing the Nexus Between Disciplines“, again, jointly sponsored by the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) and the GIScience Research Group (GIScRG). We again had an amazing line up of people sharing … Continue reading

Working for wellbeing of people and place: Celebrating active conservation volunteering

Last weekend I was fortunate to receive an invitation to speak at the Burrenbeo Trust’s first ever ‘Working for wellbeing of people and place’ conference held in the beautiful Burren in Co. Clare (Ireland). The event was enthused and motivated by all those who attended who came together to celebrate conservation volunteering and community participation. … Continue reading

ExCiteS promotes a Sapelli training in partnership with CPI-AC and Apiwtxa

I ran an exciting Sapelli training in the city of Rio Branco between July 2-4. After spending a very long time immersed in the forest with the Ashaninka community of Apiwtxa, I finally stepped out of the jungle to feel a little bit of an urban atmosphere. But not for a long time, as the … Continue reading

Citizen Science for environmental monitoring: Engagement and empowerment in Citizens’ Observatories

The second day of the first International ECSA conference introduced the 10 Principles of Citizen Science, a flexible concept designed to encourage best practice in the field. A series of sessions covered topics ranging from Tools, Technologies and Applications in Citizen Science to Citizen Science for environmental monitoring: Engagement and Empowerment in Citizens’ Observatories. Environmental … Continue reading

Introducing “Doing It Together Science” – an EU citizen science project

The European Commission through its Horizon 2020 programme, with support from the Swiss confederation, have committed almost €4m to a three-year project to increase public participation in scientific research and innovation across Europe. The 11-partner project, co-ordinated by UCL Extreme Citizen Science group, aims to build the institutional and policy foundations for sustained deep public … Continue reading

New Job Opening: Research Assistant/Developer in Extreme Citizen Science

We have a new job opening for a Research Assistant(RA)/Developer in the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) group, in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London. We are looking for an experienced and talented programmer with interest in open source geographic web technologies and geospatial data and data quality. The RA/Developer … Continue reading

New PhD Opportunity – closing date extended to 6th April

A new opportunity to join the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) group and undertake research in Human Computer Interaction and Spatial Data Quality for Online Civic Engagement. Duration: 3 years Funding: The scholarship covers UCL registration fees and provides a stipend of £17,045 per annum tax free. Travel expenses and research equipment will also be provided to … Continue reading


On December 2015 the Ashaninka from Apiwtxa got together to discuss the land monitoring activities for the year. The Ashaninka will increase the number of expeditions in their territory as a result of the methodological and technical support they are having from the Extreme Citizen Science initiative and the financial support from the National Development … Continue reading

ExCiteS in ArcNews

While I was at the Esri 2015 user conference, I had the privilege of meeting with Jim Baumann, one of Esri’s writers, and shared with him the story of what we do in ExCiteS. Esri has been a big supporter of our work and is a pioneer in Citizen Science initiatives using geospatial technologies, so they decided … Continue reading

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