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Learning DIY glow-worm making

“Learning by teaching”, a reflection on running a DIY Arduino glow-worm-making workshop. Continue reading

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New project: WeGovNow! – citizen engagement in local government

Today, we’re starting a new research project, in which we will work closely with our social enterprise ‘Mapping for Change‘. The project, which is coordinated by the German company Empirica, is called ‘WeGovNow!’ and it is focused on civic participation in local government. Here is the abstract: WeGovNow will tap into emerging technologies for effectively … Continue reading

The Explorer of the World playshop series – 2015

Explorer of the World playshops: seeing the world through a new lens The Explorer of the World playshop series is part of a set of projects developing tools and methods that enable individuals, regardless of background or geographic location, to (re)build relations with their environment, collaboratively and creatively devising solutions to the real problems they … Continue reading

Quando i cittadini fanno ricerca

Nel corso degli ultimi anni i cittadini hanno avuto la possibilità di giocare un ruolo prezioso nel contribuire a progetti condotti in collaborazione con università, enti pubblici e associazioni non governative. Questo tipo di attività si è diffusa principalmente a partire dal mondo anglosassone dove è conosciuta con diversi nomi come citizen science, collaborative research, … Continue reading

Getting closer to the field: development for whom?

I am finally back to London, after spending two months in South America. In December, I went to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties, in Lima, Peru, where I had the opportunity to meet a number of project partners who were around to discuss climate-related issues. In this COP, there was a specific Pavilion … Continue reading

“We make the road by walking”: looking at ‘the bigger picture’ as a road map for citizen science

Recent discussions in several citizen science-related fora have led me to reflect on two themes: how, through our rhetoric and practices, we are giving shape to the increasingly used concept of citizen science, and how by examining the bigger social and historical context of science and production of knowledge we can inform our practices and writings … Continue reading

“A different perspective” in the Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) online magazine

The following piece was written for the GiGLer, the newsletter of Greenspace information for Greater London (GiGL).  In this (very) short piece, I’m explaining the approach that we use at ExCiteS to understand ecology, environmental volunteering and what knowledge we can extract by using environmental data collected by citizens. Thanks to the data collections provided by GiGL, … 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

The Amazon in focus: development challenges and participatory monitoring tools for the rainforest

The past two weeks were extremely busy. Between August 22nd and 24th I attended the Brazilian Studies Association Conference, which was held in London. The Conference gathered more than two hundred international scholars and students from different fields who carry out research about Brazil. There were three panels dedicated to studies on the Amazon region … 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

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