Friday 21st February, 2014
11:20am to 11:40am
"Our conker trees are under attack, and you can help discover more." So began Conker Tree Science a project to engage people with experimental, hypothesis-led science about an alien insect that is damaging horse-chestnut trees in Britain. Over 8000 submitted data over four years and the first results have just been published. Much citizen science in ecology is long-term and difficult for individual researchers to begin. However, this focussed, hypothesis-led citizen science showed how individual researchers can engage with people about science through undertaking genuine scientific research together.
Conker Tree Science was run with Darren Evans (University of Hull) and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.
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