NEW YORK â€” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be holding day-long workshops on Tuesday, June 19, in New York City and on Wednesday, June 20, in Edison to share information about ways in which people can get involved in collecting scientific data in their communities.
The workshops will bring together representatives from federal, state and local government agencies, as well as experts from academia and community-based groups, to help educate the growing corps of â€œcitizen scientists.â€ Citizen science is a form of research that enlists the public in collecting a wide range of environmental data to expand scientific knowledge and literacy.
â€œCitizen science is an important, growing field that can provide invaluable insight into pollution problems in local communities,â€ said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. â€œResidents are the eyes and ears of their communities. By supporting citizen scientists, the EPA is expanding its own scientific base and building collaborations with communities that are working to reduce air and water pollution.â€
Topics covered in the workshops include:
- Starting a citizen science program
- Funding sources
- Community and government/academic partnerships
- Success stories
- Data interpretation and use
- Monitoring technologies and a demonstration of current and emerging tools
The workshops will provide an opportunity for interaction and information sharing among participants and a highly diverse group of speakers. Space is limited and participants MUST register by June 17.
The workshop in New York City will be held at the EPA offices at 290 Broadway in Lower Manhattan. To register for citizen science workshops in New York City on June 19, visit:Â http://r2citizensciencenyc.eventbrite.com
The workshop in New Jersey will be held at EPAâ€™s laboratory and offices in Edison. To register for citizen science workshops in Edison on June 20, visit:Â http://r2citizensciencenj.eventbrite.com
These kinds of workshops seem to be spouting up all over. We also have this item about a similar workshop at Tuft’s University:
Mystic River Watershed Association will offer aÂ Citizen Scientist Training Workshop on Wednesday, June 13th, 6-8pm in Somerville. This Workshop allows interested volunteers to learn about water quality monitoring methods and concepts. By completing this workshop, youâ€™ll be prepared to join MyRWAâ€™sÂ Baseline Monitoring Program. The Baseline Monitoring Program requires a monthly commitment between 6am and 8am. No experience is necessary â€“ all are welcome!
Does anyone know how to set up one of these workshops?