The Enhancing Informal Learning Through Citizen Science research is being led by Professor Richard Edwards and colleagues at the University of Stirling, working closely with the British Science Association and Rick Bonney and Tina Phillips at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

We are also working with:
- Earthwatch
- British Geological Survey
- Field Studies Council
- British Trust for Ornithology Scotland
- Natural History Museum, London
- University College London
- University of California, Davis

The project is funded by Science Learning +, which is a partnership between the Wellcome Trust, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), America’s National Science Foundation and other US partners. Science Learning + is a funding scheme which aims to bring together a group of international researchers and practitioners to share their experiences and understanding on the topic of informal learning. The Phase 1 funding will enable us to understand what is already known, share this learning with others and develop new research questions for a Phase 2 funding proposal. There are 11 other Science Learning + projects, which address other aspects of informal science learning.

Co-ordinating Group:
  • Richard Edwards, University of Stirling
  • Rick Bonney, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Katherine Mathieson, British Science Association
  • Tina Philips, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Steering Group
  • Neil Bailey, Earthwatch, UK
  • Heidi Ballard, University of California, Davis
  • Patrick Bell, British Geological Survey
  • Nichole Cirillo, Earthwatch, US
  • Muki Haklay, University College, London
  • Greg Mannion, University of Stirling
  • Lucy Robinson, Natural History Museum, London
  • Ian Simpson, University of Stirling
  • Martin Storksdieck, Oregon State University
  • Steve Tilling, Field Studies Council
  • Chris Wernham, British Trust for Ornithology 

Meetings during 2015

One of our aims is to learn from other people who have experience with Citizen Science and informal learning. We are holding several meetings during 2015, including a discussion at the inaugural Citizen Science Association Conference in San Jose in February and a two-day seminar in London in April.

We will also be communicating our findings using online platforms, including this website. If you would like to be involved in these conversations, please get in touch with Katherine Mathieson at the British Science Association.