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Citizen Science

UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment: The Future of Citizen Science (Parallel Session)

By involving members of the public in authentic scientific research, citizen science helps test new concepts, accelerates discovery, and involves the public in evidence-based decision-making to create an informed and active society. Researchers estimate that 1.3-2.3 million volunteers offer up to $2.5 billion in kind support for biodiversity monitoring each year.  Citizen science provides hands on STEM learning, increases STEM literacy, and feeds the STEM pipeline.  Finally, citizen science leads to better decision-making.

Global Mosquito Alert: NASA DEVELOP Project Partners Handoff


A video explaining the background and scope of the DEVELOP project.

Living Labs: An Intersection of Scientific Innovation

Here in the Science and Technology Innovation Program, we cover a lot of broad subjects under our little umbrella.

Bioblitzes in Action: Applications for Citizen Science

Protecting the Watershed


Washington DC is known for many things: academia, politics, restaurants, culture, but the people at the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) want to add to the cannon: biodiversity. 

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