Freshwater and citizen science: A research hackathon

Are you a PhD student or early to mid-career freshwater scientist with an interest in citizen science? If so, we would love to invite you to join the Earthwatch research hackathon from the evening of the 25th to the afternoon of 27th May 2017 at Oxford Brookes University.

The research hackathon (two nights accommodation and food provided) will bring together 25 participants (researchers and practitioners) to focus on a global citizen science dataset. FreshWater Watch ( is a citizen science generated dataset currently comprised of 17,000+ data from over 35 cities. In each city, participants test water quality in rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wetlands as well as making qualitative observations of point and diffuse pollutions sources, bankside and instream vegetation complexity, flows and levels. The research hackathon is a great opportunity to get hands on with an unprecedented, collaborative citizen science dataset and should appeal to anyone who is considering volunteer participation as a part of their research activities. During the hackathon participants will work in small teams to explore a research avenue and couple the FreshWater Watch dataset with other accessible datasets (e.g. remote-sensed data, biodiversity, demographics).

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