Public participation in scientific research, also known as
“citizen science,” is a burgeoning practice that is more
accessible than ever.
Professor Heidi Ballard of UC Davis is at the forefront of
finding out how citizen science works and why it matters, and her
work emphasizes citizen science that empowers communities to ask
their own questions and thus to more directly serve their own
Professor Gretchen LeBuhn of SFSU directs the world’s largest
citizen science undertaking on pollinators, The Great Sunflower
Project, which enjoins regular people to make observations of
bees in their own backyards.
These two leading intellectuals will discuss the ways in which
people, technology and crowd-sourcing are making a difference.
Presented in association with the UC Davis School of Education
and San Francisco State University.
Heidi Ballard is the Founder and Faculty Director of the Center
for Community and Citizen Science. You can find more information
about her past and current projects, and sign up for occasional
updates at the Center’s website.