9th - 11th OCTOBER 2017

The citizen science revolution is growing! With the help of thousands of participants across the world, huge volumes of data are being collected for use in scientific research and monitoring of our natural world. With climate change affecting the planet on an unprecedented scale it’s now more important than ever to engage members of the public in finding out more about the natural world around them.

Talks and workshops at this conference will give citizen scientists and facilitating organisations, a chance to share their wealth of knowledge and experience. This valuable networking opportunity will help citizen science move forward. It will provide a chance to discuss how organisations’ data is collected by thousands of participants across the world, and how it can be used optimally for the good of conserving our natural heritage. There will also be a Community Science Open Evening event open to the public giving many passionate and enthusiastic attendees the opportunity to find out more about how to get involved.

Speaker and workshop opportunities

We’d like to invite delegates to submit abstracts for talks or workshops to deliver during the conference. Potential topics are detailed below. To submit abstracts for talks or workshops or for any more information, please email csi@national-aquarium.co.uk.

Abstract submissions now closed.

Conference Programme


9th October

The citizen science activities of your organisation, any lessons learnt and your achievements.


10th October

Networking and communications, methods, tools and resources, data management and utilisation and innovation in citizen science.

7pm Community Science Open Evening


11th October

The future of citizen science and how it can be used to influence conservation and management.

This conference is being organised by the Community Seagrass Initiative (CSI), a citizen science project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to raise awareness of seagrass habitats in the South West of England. The CSI is a pioneering research project led by the National Marine Aquarium along with its project partners. Covering the 191 mile stretch of coastline from Looe in Cornwall, to Weymouth in Dorset, the CSI is looking to find out more about native seagrass and seahorses and help to conserve their fragile eco-systems. Everyone from school children, sailors, canoeists, divers, kayakers and even internet users can get involved and help collect vital data that will aid the mapping and surveying of seagrass meadows along the South coast.

The conference will be held at the National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth. The NMA is the largest public aquarium in the UK welcoming 300,000 visitors per year. Since opening its doors in 1998, this self-funded charity has aimed to drive marine conservation through engagement. During the conference there will be plenty of time to explore the facility, which includes the largest native exhibition in the UK.

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