Citizen Science

Citizens, Satellites, and the Future of Disease Monitoring


The Rise of the New Bio-Citizen Workshop

Earth Challenge 2020, a Citizen Science Initiative

WASHINGTON DC – April 20, 2018 – In anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, Earth Day Network, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the U.S. Department of State, through the Eco-Capitals Forum, announce Earth Challenge 2020, a Citizen Science Initiative. This initiative is in collaboration with Connect4Climate -- World Bank Group, Conservation X Labs, Hult Prize, National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Reset, SciStarter, UN Environment and others to be announced.

Tackling Microplastics on Our Own


Plastics, ranging from the circles of soda can rings to microbeads the size of pinheads, are starting to replace images of sewage for a leading cause of pollution – especially in the ocean [1]. The threats of plastics are pervasive, with current estimates placing over 250,000 tons of plastic floating around the world’s oceans [3].  

AAAS Colloquium on Citizen Science: A Panel and a Call to Arms

Citizen science has been around since the first non-scientist was interested in the field.  In the 1800s and 1900s, citizen science was supported by volunteers who appreciated research but—for past reasons ranging from institutional obstacles to a lack of experience or opportunity they were unable to become recognized professionally, even though many of them were learned enough in science and the scientific method to be functional scientists.  These motivated science enthusiasts collected data points, experiences, and observations largely on their own but resulted in contributions to a grea