News

There is so much happening across Glasgow and the West of Scotland and our news portal will allow us to share it with you.

OPAL explore nature: citizen science initiative

OPAL explore nature: citizen science initiative

The project: The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is a UK wide citizen science initiative that allows people to get hands-on with nature, whatever age, background or level of ability.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund it began in 2007, operating across England. Since January 2014, it has begun expanding into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland thanks to a further grant. The OPAL network is led by Imperial College London and includes leading museums, universities and environmental organisations across the UK. Glasgow City of Science is one of the partners. For further information on OPAL see www.opalexplorenature.org

The challenge: Citizen science can broadly be defined as the involvement of volunteers in science. Citizen science projects like OPAL play a vital role in scientific research and education, and the potential to help meet some of the challenging demands of environmental monitoring on a national scale.

The purpose: To increase public engagement in science and promote behaviour change in relation to environmental sustainability. Scientists will work with local people to carry out a major study of the outdoor environments where they live and work.

Over the three years of the project Glasgow City of Science is charged with reaching 9000 local people including primary school children, young offenders, community groups from disadvantaged communities, and providing training for a number of teachers and community workers.

The people and partners: The OPAL UK portfolio is led by Imperial College, London and Glasgow City of Science is a new partner in this project and will work with its own partner organisations to deliver the project.

The outcomes: This is a three year project and is currently in its first year. So far (May 2014) we have employed Joanne Dempster as our OPAL Community Scientist and introduced OPAL products to over 350 members of uniformed groups (scouts, guides, boys and girls brigade).

The proposed impact: It is hoped that the impact of massive and collaborative "crowdsourcing" for scientific and educational endeavours through the OPAL project will boost understanding and conserving what we can of the natural world. The long term outcomes for the Glasgow City of Science project will be to:

  • get more people outside observing and recording the world around them.
  • develop an innovative educational programme to provide the tools and support needed for biological recording.
  • inspire a new generation of environmentalists.
  • support and encourage collaboration between the voluntary, statutory and community sectors and
  • gain a greater understanding of the state of the environment, thus contributing to research and policy development.

This case study was published in July 2014.

What’s happening

This is a living, breathing website with regular updates on news, blogs and events. It’s the place to come back to again and again if you want to know what’s happening in the science and technology world in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

Subscribe to keep up to date on our latest news, blog posts and events.

News

   

Future Glasgow hubs to tackle tech trepidation

Interactive hubs packed with films, apps and pioneering technology from Future City Glasgow are popp...

Read more...


Vocational college to engineer an alternative path to success

Plans have been unveiled to open a new £1.5 million college on the southside of Glasgow that will t...

Read more...


City universities rated top 10 in Scotland

Three universities in Glasgow have been rated amongst the 10 top universities in Scotland according ...

Read more...

Blog

   

Glasgow’s living classrooms

Joanne Dempster, OPAL Community Scientist for the Open Air Laboratories Project writes on the Glasgo...

Read more...


5 Great things The Games have given Glasgow

With the sport over, records broken and the medals handed out here’s a quick list of 5 great thing...

Read more...


A Perfect Blend For Public Engagement

A nose for a successful collaboration between business and a university in delivering a public engag...

Read more...

Events

   

Stargazers

A show in the planetarium exploring the night sky. Learn how to find your way around the sky using t...

Read more...


Infection Prevention 2014

A three-day event on infection prevention research, expertise and education....

Read more...


Adventurers

See and learn about the machines which have been the choice mode of transport for rebels, hellraiser...

Read more...

previous post next post