Citizen Science and conservation: what does it add, who is taking part and who are we failing to reach?

9 Feb 2021 18:00 - 19:30

In this age of environmental crisis, we need a range of data and evidence-collection methods to underpin environmental decision-making and to massively scale up our action for positive change. Well-designed citizen science can be a cost-effective and high-impact way of gathering broad and detailed information, especially over large geographical areas. It can also be the glue that binds stakeholders around a conservation issue, builds social capital and connects people to nature. 

Conservation organisations know this, and that is why over the last 30 years the number of citizen science projects in the UK has risen exponentially. The UK Government recognises the value of citizen science and plan to incorporate it in the strategy to monitor progress against their own 25 Year Environment Plan. This event will use case studies from a variety of projects to illustrate and discuss what motivates people to get involved in citizen science, what the potential impacts of citizen science projects are, and which sections of society aren’t engaging and why?


We are excited to bring back our Science and Conservation Events series in a new online format, please read the following information carefully:

  • This interactive online event will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel, which can be found here: We will also share a direct link to the livestream nearer the event. You can Subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss it!
  • The event will run from 6:00pm until 7:30pm, and will be recorded and available to watch on our YouTube channel afterwards. 
  • Each event will comprise of 3-4 presentations from experts in the topic, similar to our previous event series. 
  • There will be opportunities for questions from the audience to be answered after each presentation. We will provide information on how to submit a question live on the night. Please be aware we may not be able to answer all questions.
  • There is no charge for this event, and no need to register in advance to watch the livestream.
  • If you would like to submit a question to the speakers before the event, please email it to with the event title in the Subject line.


ZSL Wild Science Podcast

We will be creating a fascinating podcast episode featuring some of the speakers from this event, so keep an ear out in the following months! Listen to previous episodes from our award winning ZSL Wild Science podcast episodes produced by Dr Monika Böhm, and Eleanor Darbey here


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