22 - 23 November 2017

3 ECTS credits

Course outline
Information technology brings new opportunities to involve citizens in environmental data generation and analysis. This seminar critically discusses Citizen Science and its value for science, policy and society. It clarifies how the term is used and identifies different forms of Citizen Science giving practical examples from various projects in Finland and abroad. The seminar aims to deepen our understanding of how digitization and participatory methods are transforming knowledge practices and what that means for credibility and validity of research.

Course structure
The course will take place on 22-23 November 2017 and it will include morning sessions with lectures open to everyone and afternoon sessions with workshops for PhD students. The workshops will include discussions and a practical exercise on the second day of the seminar. Participation in the course will require completing a small pre-assignment, attending the guest lectures and participation in the afternoon workshops. 
Guest speakers include
- Dr. Gina Cavan, Manchester Metropolitan University, presenting the ‘My Back Yard’, project using citizen science to understand the contribution of domestic gardens to ecosystem services 
-  Julia Altenbucher, Extreme Citizen Science Research Group, University College London, presenting the 'Intelligent Maps' project working with marginalized non-literate communities in developing countries website
- Dr. Alexandra Tisma, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, presenting the 'WeSense' project from Amsterdam generating insights on people’s perceptions of their environment using all their senses. website?
- Other presentations by researchers from University of Helsinki, SYKE, LUKE, and University of Lappeenranta 
Registration is closed.
The course is intended for PhD students, while morning lectures will be open to everyone. The number of participants is limited to 20 and DENVI students will be given priority. 


The course is organised by Silviya Korpilo, Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki and the Doctoral Programme in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences (DENVI).