Professor Hart Talks Citizen Science

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University of Gloucestershire, TC014, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH, Wednesday July 10, 6.30pm. Refreshments 5.30pm, Elwes Reception.

Biologist and broadcaster Professor Adam Hart will be stepping into the spotlight for his inaugural lecture on Wednesday July 10.

Prof Hart, a National Teaching Fellow, is an entomologist by training and persuasion but has a passion for all aspects of science. From the start of his career he has been keen to engage the public with his research and with science in general and in recognition of his activities he won the prestigious Society of Biology Science Communicator of the Year Award in 2010.

From early radio appearances to discuss his own work with ants, Adam has developed a range of outreach and broadcasting activities, including presenting documentaries for BBC Radio 4, most recently on ash dieback and American migratory beekeeping, and presenting the documentary Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony for BBC4 earlier this year. Closer to home, Adam has a popular science slot on BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Saturday morning show with Faye Hatcher, and is the science columnist for Cotswold Life. He is also the brains behind the nationwide Flying Ant Survey that ran for the first time in 2012. This project, involving thousands of people across the UK, is an example of the sort of “citizen science” being considered in this lecture.

Prof Hart said: “With the rise of the internet and mobile technology it is now possible for everyone to play a role in the collection and analysis of scientific data. With thousands of so-called Citizen Science projects involving millions of people collecting data, does this represent a revolution in the way that we do science? I’ll be exploring the so-called Citizen Science revolution and considering how technology might alter the way we collect data in the future. This is lecture aimed at anyone interested in science and technology – it won’t be jargon-laden or full of technical language but hopefully it will make you think about the ways that we can all help to find out about the world around us.”




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Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

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