Programme

Schedule

13 – 16 September 2021

Time: 10 am – 3.30 pm

The conference will be a 4-day virtual meeting where participants will interact over a Slack workspace, the link to which will be sent to registered participants closer to the conference dates.

Note :
1. All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST).
2. Abstracts for the Contributed Talks and Posters can be viewed here.

Day 1: Mon, 13 Sept 2021
TimeEvent
10:00- 10:20Introduction to the Conference + Slack Platform
by Organising Committee

Channel: #day1-13sep-gadgil
10:20- 11:10Engaging people in documenting and managing biodiversity
by Madhav Gadgil

Channel: #day1-13sep-gadgil
11:15- 11:30Rain Gauging – hyper local rainfall data generation
by Peeyush Sekhsaria

Channel: #day1-13sep-talks-am
11:30- 11:45Citizen Science Action – Protecting the Bawkhals
by Sachin Marti

Channel: #day1-13sep-talks-am
11:45- 12:00KURMA: An expanding network for chelonian conservation and data collection in India
by Sreeparna Dutta

Channel: #day1-13sep-talks-am
12:00- 12:30Break
12:30- 13:30

Poster Session

Channel: #day1-13sep-posters

Status and Distribution of Fireflies in Meghalaya; Using Citizen Science Approach – Emma Magdalene Nonglang

Macro-Fungi of Indian Sub-continent – Shrey Gupta

Tree Species Diversity in Mulund, a Suburb in Mumbai, India – Aditi G.S Nerkar

TAG ALONG; A platform for Citizen Scientists, to record tagged bird resightings – Tuhina Katti

Bird diversity in Stella Maris College, Chennai – S. A. Vidhya

Bihu Bird Count: A citizen science initiative for bird documentation during the festive season – Rupam Bahduri

The False Trail: Role of citizen-science for urban biodiversity conservation – Debanngini Ray

Documenting Biodiversity of Ukhrul: Learnings and Experience from Our Citizen Science – Ng Ngashangva

13:30- 14:30Break
14:30- 14:45Conservation of City Wetlands through Crowd Studying Odonates in the Marathwada Region, Maharashtra
by Ameya Deshpande

Channel: #day1-13sep-talks-pm
14:45- 15:00Citizen science and decision making for conservation of livestock biodiversity in India
by Debanjana Dey

Channel: #day1-13sep-talks-pm
15:00- 15:15The complex of cryptic species complexes: adapting to a changing landscape in citizen science
by Arjun Kamdar

Channel: #day1-13sep-talks-pm
15:15- 15:30Spread the Word, Bird by Bird
by Anandarup Bhadra

Channel: #day1-13sep-talks-pm
15:30- 18:30Break
18:30- 19:30Ethical Issues in Citizen Science
by Lisa Rasmussen

Channel: #day1-13sep-lisa

 

Day 2: Tue, 14 Sept 2021
TimeEvent
10:00- 10:50The journey of Barefoot Ecologists – beyond numbers and information
by Barefoot Ecologists, Barefoot Ecology Program – Keystone Foundation

Channel: #day2-14sep-barefoot
11:00- 11:15Capacity building for bird monitoring in Thanamir, Nagaland
by Kaushik Sarkar

Channel: #day2-14sep-talks-am
11:15- 11:30Assessment of Scope and Relevance of Citizen Science in Indian Higher Education Institution
by Shyam S. Phartyal

Channel: #day2-14sep-talks-am
11:30- 11:45The use of eBird data for conservation in India
by Swaroop Patankar

Channel: #day2-14sep-talks-am
11:45- 12:00Prose and Poetry to Citizen Science- Being a Nature Enthusiast
by Nishand Venugopal

Channel: #day2-14sep-talks-am
12:00- 12:30Break
12:30- 12:45Data Availability of Open Access Biodiversity Information’s in Kerala
by Manoj Karingamadathil

Channel: #day2-14sep-talks-pm
12:45- 13:00Improving the quality of big citizen science data: Learnings from eBird
by Mittal Gala

Channel: #day2-14sep-talks-pm
13:00- 13:15AI-based Owl Call Recognition: A Pilot Project
by Swaroop Nayak

Channel: #day2-14sep-talks-pm
13:15- 13:30Citizen Science and Science, Technology and Innovation: Need and case for a synergy
by Krishna Ravi Srinivas

Channel: #day2-14sep-talks-pm
13:30- 14:30Break
14:30- 15:30Working Group on Citizen Science Data: Considerations and Best Practices

Channel: #day2-14sep-openhouse

 

Day 3: Wed, 15 Sept 2021
TimeEvent
10:00- 10:50What motivates a citizen scientist – Teacher and student experiences from around the country
by Teachers and Students of SeasonWatch

Channel: #day3-15sep-seasonwatch
11:00- 11:15Promoting awareness of insects through the Insect Walk – To Know, Love & Conserve among citizens
by Shubham Dhanraj Chhapekar

Channel: #day3-15sep-talks-am
11:15- 11:30Being ‘Social’ for Citizen Science
by Sayee Girdhari

Channel: #day3-15sep-talks-am
11:30- 11:45How SeasonWatch popularized Citizen Science in Kerala
by Muhammed Nizar K

Channel: #day3-15sep-talks-am
11:45- 12:00Community Science and the Biodiversity Picture: Connecting People & Adding Resolution
by Ramnarayan Kalyanaraman

Channel: #day3-15sep-talks-am
12:00- 12:30Break
12:30- 13:30

Poster Session

Channel: #day3-15sep-posters

A strategy to conserve the bird population during road expansion plans – Prabhakar Sastri

Discovery of Woolly-necked stork’s nests, a Near Threatened Species in Kerala – Siji PK

Dragonfly Festival, a citizen science initiative – Chetna Kaith

Butterfly diversity and associated host plants at Lal Dhori, Junagadh, Gujarat – Vipul Varjangbhai Bamaniya

Charotar Crocodile Count: Monitoring crocodiles through citizen scientists – Anirudhkumar Vasava

Nature Camps: Helping Children Become Citizen Scientists – Maxim Rodrigues K

Days with purple rumped sunbird – Vadivukkarasi . A

When we stopped walking the streets what happened to the street dogs? – Anandarup Bhadra

13:30- 14:30Break
14:30- 15:00Fun Sessions: Quiz by WWF | Vote for your fav CitSci logo | Feedback Forms

Channel: #lounge

 

Day 4: Thu, 16 Sept 2021
TimeEvent
10:00- 10:55Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion in Citizen Science

Channel: #day4-16sep-openhouse
11:00- 11:15Bird collisions with buildings in India: A synthesis of current knowledge
by Peeyush Sekhsaria

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-am
11:15- 11:30Avi-fauna Data Collection in Madhya Pradesh thru Bird Surveys
by Ajay Gadikar

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-am
11:30- 11:45Evidence of life stage and event specific responses of Danaus butterflies to rising temperatures
by Vinayaka G. Hegde

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-am
11:45- 12:00An investigation into the spatio-temporal patterns of the Himalayan Vagrant butterfly
by Paul Pop

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-am
12:00- 12:30Break
12:30- 12:45A Malayalee Mango Mystery
by Krishna Anujan

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-pm-1
12:45- 13:00Citizen science as a tool to understand bird migration
by Ashwin Viswanathan

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-pm-1
13:00- 13:15The joy and tears of digitizing historical bird data
by Maxim Rodrigues K

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-pm-1
13:15- 13:30Reeflog – involving divers in citizen science
by Suneha Jagannathan

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-pm-1
13:30- 14:30Break
14:30- 14:45Kerala Bird Atlas 2015-2020: aspects and outcomes
by Ashish Jha

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-pm-2
14:45- 15:00Emerging Moth-ers of Kerala through citizen science
by Unnikrishnan MP

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-pm-2
15:00- 15:15DiversityIndia: Observing India’s biodiversity for 20 years
by Vijay Barve

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-pm-2
15:15- 15:30Vote of thanks
by Organizing Committee

Channel: #day4-16sep-talks-pm

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Madhav Gadgil

Madhav Gadgil

Ecologist

Madhav Gadgil is an Indian ecologist, academic, writer, columnist and the founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. He is a former member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India and the Head of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) of 2010, popularly known as the Gadgil Commission. His contributions, as a member of the draft committee, has been reported in the preparation of the Biological Diversity Act 2002 and the manual he prepared for the People’s Biodiversity Registers has been accepted by the National Biodiversity Authority. His research has been documented by over 250 scientific articles, published in various journals and magazines. He has also published two books, over 40 articles in Marathi and handled a fortnightly column on natural history, in The Hindu. He handles a monthly column in the Marathi daily, Sakal. He is a recipient of the Volvo Environment Prize and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. The Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri in 1981 and followed it up with the Padma Bhushan in 2006.

Lisa Rasmussen

Lisa Rasmussen

Professor and Graduate School Faculty Fellow, Philosophy Department, University of North Carolina—Charlotte

Lisa Rasmussen is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Faculty Fellow in the Graduate School, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on ethical issues in research, and she is particularly interested in thinking about ethics in unregulated research areas like citizen science and DIY Bio. She teaches in the areas of bioethics and research ethics. Lisa is also the Editor-in-Chief of Accountability in Research; a Co-Editor of the Philosophy & Medicine book series, published by Springer; and an Associate Editor of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice.

 Barefoot Ecologists

Barefoot Ecologists

Barefoot Ecology Program, Keystone Foundation

Barefoot Ecology is a people-centered approach that cooperatively works with indigenous communities towards the conservation of their natural base. The Keystone Foundation has been hosting this program for a little over 10 years training community members to observe and record habitat quality and changes. Over 50 + community members have been part of the program and they have taken up ecological monitoring, raising nurseries, conducting nature education programs and village elder programs. More significantly, the all-women barefoot ecologists are a team of close to 16 women who have been trained to carry out monitoring in their respective field areas, mainly on agro-ecology mode. The all woman team comes from villages in Sigur and Hasanur which fall inside Mudumalai and Sathyamangalam tiger reserves respectively.
Teachers and Students of SeasonWatch

Teachers and Students of SeasonWatch

SeasonWatch Project, Nature Conservation Foundation

SeasonWatch is an all-India citizen science project aimed at understanding the seasonality of common tree species. Every year, as part of the project, thousands of school children from across the country befriend one or more trees, give them names and record the emergence of leaves, flowers and fruits every week. Teachers from 1293 schools take the lead on explaining the project to the students, and ensure that students get to go outdoors regularly and develop a deep connection with their trees and the myriad creatures dependent on trees. Over the years, teachers from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Meghalaya have used outdoor learning as part of their pedagogy, and have wonderful adventures and anecdotes to share.