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CSS Colloquium: Heidi Ballard, UC Davis

Capturing the intangible: Research evidence of public engagement with science and nature through Community and Citizen Science

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Onsdag 22. maj 2024,  kl. 14:15 - 15:45


Aud G2 (1532-122)


A variety of research and science education institutions, from universities to natural history museums, see part of their mission as engaging the public with science, connecting them with the natural world, and inspiring them to take action to improve planetary health. But following these lofty goals, the question becomes, “what does this look like?”  How can we know what works? With over 20 years of experience in studying participatory approaches to environmental science, Dr. Ballard will share the evidence base for the learning and stewardship impacts that participation in community science, citizen science, and related approaches have had. She will also offer some key features of programs that achieve these impacts, particularly for young people, and examples from recent, current, and future research in this area occurring in both expected and novel contexts from her Center for Community and Citizen Science in California, USA.


Heidi Ballard is Professor of Environmental Science Education and Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Community and Citizen Science (CCS) in the School of Education at University of California, Davis. She conducts research focused on science and environmental learning that link communities, scientists, and environmental action. Her work focuses on what and how adults and youth learn through community science, citizen science and other forms of public participation in scientific research.  She works in varied contexts, from natural history museums to Uganda farmer field schools to carceral settings, using primarily qualitative research methods in partnership with teachers, environmental educators, research scientists, and community-based organizations. Her publications span the fields of environmental and science education, ecology, conservation, social science, forestry, and agriculture.  She was a high school biology teacher and science curriculum developer in California, before earning her MA in Science Education and Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management focused on forest ecology and natural resource social science.  She trains undergraduates, pre-service teachers, and graduate students across the university in environmental science education and participatory action research methods, and leads teacher professional development workshops for teachers and out of school educators to bolster and support community and citizen science.

Coffee, tea, cake and fruit will be served before the colloquium @ 2 pm.