Panel Discussion: Citizen Science for ecology in India - Experiences, opportunities, challenges

Pankaj Sekhsaria   Naveen Thayyil   Naveen Namboothri   Aravind Madhyastha   Gururaja K. V.   Ramit Singal   Basic • Citizen Science, ecology, citizen, science, data, technology • 100 Seats • Short Panel Discussion • Starts at 14:00 - 16:30 on DAY 4

Is it possible that the scientist and the citizen can join hands to work toward a common purpose within the realm of scientific research and understanding? The involvement of the citizen in science & technology research via what is popularly called ‘Citizen Science’ is a relatively new development where the division between the ‘expert’ scientist and the citizen is sought to be blurred, where the citizen also does the science, and the knowledge that is generated is generated by them jointly. One area of scientific research in which Citizen Science has taken off in the Indian context is that of field ecology, where a number of projects have been initiated by scientists and researchers in active collaboration with citizens.

Main aims and goal of the workshop: What we seek to do in this panel at SCCS is to create a platform for engagement with and discussion on ‘Citizen Science’ initiatives in ecology in India - to understand the various dynamics involved, to see how data and knowledge is created, to understand the motivations of the scientific community in initiating these projects and of the citizens in participating/contributing/collaborating, to see what these means for settled categories of knowledge and knowledge creation and also to see what, if any, policy and on-field impacts does this participation by citizens results in.

Panelists will include:
Ramit Singal, Bird Count India;
Naveen Namboothri, Dakshin Foundation;
Aravind Madhyastha, ATREE;
Gururaja KV, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology