Citizen Science

Bringing people together to support creativity in ecological research.


Co-Secretaries: Hannah Grist and Rachel Farrow
Twitter: @BESCitSci


Citizen science can be broadly defined as the involvement of volunteers in research. The past decade has seen a rapid increase in the number of citizen-science initiatives, spanning diverse areas of interest and ranging from local to global. Citizen science is the way to combine primary ecological research with environmental education and public engagement.  The technology available to support and inspire new citizen science initiatives and opportunities is rapidly expanding and has enabled citizen science to become global in scale, long-term in ambition and engage hundreds of thousands of volunteers in many different scientific pursuits.  We hope to promote the value of citizen science by sharing experience, expertise and providing a community to foster innovation in research through citizen science.

Mailing List

Please get in touch if you would like to join our mailing list.


  • Provide a forum for sharing details of current citizen science in ecology, and as a community to foster and support creativity in research via citizen science
  • Develop links with relevant initiatives across disciplines and facilitate local to global collaborations on citizen science
  • Encourage networking and sharing of expertise among people like students, volunteers, researchers and policy-makers, who want to support citizen science projects and develop their own

Meetings and Events

Check out the events page for all upcoming events.

Committee members

The Citizen Science SIG committee help organise meetings and events. It includes the following members:

  • Co-Secretaries: Michael Pocock (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), Gitte Kragh (Citizen Science Netværket)
  • Student Representatives: Rachel Farrow (Anglia Ruskin University), Miriam Dobson (University of Sheffield), Naveed Bhatti, (The James Hutton Institute)
  • Events/Meetings: Hannah Grist (Scottish Association for Marine Science)
  • Communications (Website and Niche): Kate Lewthwaite (Woodland Trust)
  • Social media (twitter): Rachel Farrow (Anglia Ruskin University), Katrin Bohn, Natural England