citizen science

OPAL scientists and participants help government research

The views and experiences of OPAL participants have contributed important information into a study funded by the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to look at participation in environmental citizen science projects, with a particular focus on data submission within projects. The project was led by Dr. Sarah West from OPAL’s York team based at the Stockholm Environment Institute. Read more here!


European citizen science experts discuss ECSA’s future

Scientists from across Europe gathered in Brussels this week to hold talks on the fledgling European Citizen Science Association (ECSA).

The meeting was the first that has been held since the assocation was officially launched at EU Green Week in June 2013.


European Citizen Science Association launched

A major new initiative has been launched to develop an EU-wide association for citizen science.

European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik welcomed the creation of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) at an event at EU Green Week on 6 June.


Help environmental research without even leaving your desk!

Sarah West
OPAL Community Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York

In case you hadn't noticed, we're living in a digital age. We can shop online, meet new people online, watch TV and listen to radio online, and now we can also take part in citizen science projects online.


OPAL inspires thousands to discover the outdoors

More than half a million people across the country have been inspired to discover their local environment through OPAL.

A report published today has revealed that the project, led by Imperial College London and supported by a Big Lottery Fund grant, has also mapped more than 25,000 sites across England, including areas never sampled before by scientists.


Community Environment Report – OPAL achievements and findings 2007-2012


Over the first five years of the OPAL project, more than half a million people from towns and cities up and down the country explored their local green spaces.

Many participants were carrying out a nature survey for the very first time and provided important data about biodiversity, including information about some places never sampled before by scientists.

The interim findings of these years were published in OPAL's Community Environment Report.

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