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Citizen Science: UCD Citizen Science Community of Practice

This guide provides case studies, resources and information on relevant events to support UCD staff, researchers, academics and students interested in citizen science.

UCD Citizen Science Community of Practice


The UCD Citizen Science Community of Practice is supported by UCD Library and UCD Earth Institute
It has its own website page here:

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How to join: i) Open your email and start a new message ii) in the body of the email type: SUBSCRIBE UCDCITIZENSCIENCE firstname surname iii) delete any other information such as logos, addresses or links which you might have in your email body iv) send the email to this address:

(firstname surname should be your own name, e.g., James Joyce)

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Or if you prefer you can join by adding your details yourself in the UCD Citizen Science mailing list - on the right hand side of the page click on the Subscribe or Unsubscribe option.

UCD Citizen Science Community of Practice Past Events

If you didn't make it to this great presentation given by Gerald and Niamh, or you would like to see it again you can now watch the recorded video back by clicking on the above image




Creating our Future : a National Conversation on Research in Ireland


Thursday 19th October at 2pm in the James Joyce Library (Room Library Link 3), Belfield 

Ali Boyle and Ciara Cotter told the story of what Creating Our Future achieved and how researchers and policy makers may use the findings in their work.

Click the image below for a YouTube recording of the event


In the autumn of 2021, the people of Ireland were invited to consider how research can contribute to the creation of a better future for themselves and their communities. As an all of Government endeavour, the aim was to create an opportunity for the people of Ireland to have their say and contribute to the future direction of Irish research and innovation.

The speakers, Science Foundation Ireland's Ciara Cotter and Ali Boyle, were introduced by UCD Librarian Dr Sandra Collins.



Ali Boyle 

At SFI Ali is responsible for a range of programmes including national Science Week in November and education programmes to help teachers build confidence in inquiry-based learning. Ali is also a Senior Research Associate of the Science Museum, London, where she spent twenty years as a curator, and a member of UKRI’s STFC Advisory Panel for Public Engagement.


Ciara Cotter

Ciara Cotter Public Affairs and Change Manager at Science Foundation Ireland. Her role at the agency involves managing relationships with key stakeholders such as other Government bodies, those within the political system and the research community. Previous roles at SFI involved working in areas such as international relations, industry engagement and corporate governance. Ciara was assigned Creating Our Future Programme Delivery Lead in January 2021.




Microplastic Pollution and Citizen Science

How can we measure marine microplastics in a low-cost and globally scalable way?

The EnderScope is a low-cost, open-source and easy to build microscope that can automatically scan filtered seawater samples to detect microplastics. We want to get this tool into the hands of local libraries, environmental groups and maker spaces in Ireland.


  Click on the image above to view Niamh Burke & Dr Mark Pickering's     presentation delivered on Wed 20th September 2023 in the James Joyce Library 


View Martin Brocklehurst's presentation on YouTube
The decade of Citizen Science is here : be part of it !
Wednesday 3rd May at 11am in the O'Brien Centre for Science



Martin Brocklehurst, co-founder of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and the Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP),  outlined how citizen science can provide meaningful democratic and economic input and buy-in to deliver a liveable future – in terms of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. How for the first time in our history, as a species on this planet, scientists have the technology to connect people and collect research data and information on a scale and density unimagined but a few years ago. Not only to answer research questions but to support international agreements and government policy and to drive behavioural change. That we can do so at a pace needed to tackle the three great challenges of our time: climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. We owe it to the next generation to grasp this chance and turn citizens into the generation that changed our wo