Science for Citizens promotes public participation in science (i.e., “citizen science”) by enabling the public to contribute to formal scientific research projects. A robust Project Finder allows volunteers to search and identify hundreds of citizen science opportunities based on criteria important to them. Science for Citizens helps people learn about, participate in, and contribute to science, inspiring greater appreciation and promoting a better understanding of science and technology among the general public.
Since the site launched in January 2010, I’ve registered more than 400 new citizen science projects, contributed to social media outreach (Facebook and Twitter), and coordinated interactive citizen science exhibits at the 2010 USA Science and Engineering Festival and the 2011 Philadelphia Science Festival. I’ve also managed a team of bloggers covering new citizen science projects and opportunities, and published more than 40 blog posts of my own (they’re all good).
In 2011, Science for Citizens joined as a partner on the Changing Planet series, presented by the National Science Foundation, NBC News, Discover Magazine, and Planet Forward. Changing Planet is a series of three televised Town Hall meetings about climate change. The first townhall was hosted by NBC News’ Tom Brokaw and the second by Anne Thompson. The third town hall will take place in Arizona in August 2011.
Enjoy these representative images: