Citizen Science and Public Participation in Bee Research
Citizen science is becoming more and more popular in the environmental sciences, monitoring and ecology.
There are many definitions and formings of citizen science, but common characteristics are the recruitment and training of participants by research institutions. In entomology, citizen science has a long tradition. Given scientific principles are followed, the findings of citizen science studies can be published in peer reviewed journals. Beekeepers can contribute to research in different ways, ranging from providing data for crowdsourcing investigations to helping by sample collection. Beekeepers have knowledge on honey bee husbandry, own livestock and have equipment for colony manipulations. With an estimated number of 600,000 beekeepers in Europe, these constitute a huge pool of potential volunteers for scientific studies. In this presentation I will show examples of how beekeepers participated in research, what scientific findings could be derived from these, and finally, what makes good citizen science practice, including the motivations of beekeepers to participate.
Robert Brodschneider is a researcher at the Institute of Biology of the University of Graz, Austria and lecturer of honey bee biology and pathology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. Since his master and PhD thesis he is studying honey bees. In his research he focusses on the nutrition of honey bees on adult, larval and colony level. In 2008 he established the investigation of colony losses in Austria, and since 2014 he is co-chair of the international colony losses monitoring group of the honey bee research association COLOSS, where he is also an executive committee member since 2013. Robert has a great interest in involvement of beekeepers in scientific research, which he conducts in the framework of Citizen Science.
This event is a virtual event, hosted on Zoom.
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Registration for this event will start in late December 2020