Did you know that you can get directly involved in major research projects? It’s called Citizen Science and researchers from all over the world post studies where they need help from the public. Use the links below to find them.
With Zooniverse you can participate in projects as varied as examining distant galaxies, identifying individual humpback whales, interpreting photos of weather on Mars, look for the Higgs boson, and explore the ocean floor. Zooinverse also has projects looking at historical documents – sometimes to extract scientific data, and sometimes to help historians. These are all projects you can participate in from your computer. Link directly to :
Stargazing’s : Planet Nine
British Science Week’s : Penguin Watch
Our partners, the University of Aberdeen have an active programme of engagement with the public and there are many different ways you can contribute to their research, from volunteering for medical trials, to collecting and studying data.
The Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre (also the University of Aberdeen) is participating in the national OPAL project and you can choose to study 6 different local biodiversity topics.
Hands on science projects often involve conservation – recording the wildlife you see and entering it into projects like the British Ornithological Trust’s Garden BirdWatch or the North East Scotland Biological Records Centre NESBReC.
So if you have a few minutes to spare in your day, or are looking for a project to do with your family, or you want to work with researchers at Aberdeen University, why not do some science and visit the further reaches of our universe or the depths of your local pond?