Programme

Schedule

28 Sept 2020 – 1 Oct 2020

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

3. Public Sessions can be view live here.

Day 0 : Sat 26, Sept 2020

11:00 – 12:00

Pre-conference event: Introduction to using Slack at the conference followed by ice-breaker sessions

by Conference Steering Committee
Channel: #guide-to-slack

Day 1 : Mon 28, Sept 2020

09:45 – 10:00

Introduction to the Conference

by Conference Steering Committee
Channel: #day1-28sep-geetha
10:00 – 10:50

KEYNOTE TALK : Seasons of change: science and learning through observation

by Geetha Ramaswami
Channel: #day1-28sep-geetha
10:55 – 11:15

Preliminary evidence for upward range shifts by Eastern Himalayan birds

by Krishna Girish
Channel: #day1-28sep-talks-am
11:15 – 11:30

A citizen science approach to monitor Danaine Butterfly Migrations in Southern India

by PA Vinayan
Channel: #day1-28sep-talks-am
11:30 – 11:45

Novel citizen science initiatives on anurans of the lateritic plateaus

by Madhushri Mudke
Channel: #day1-28sep-talks-am
11:45 – 12:00

Asian Waterbird Census: Fostering citizen science networks for waterbird monitoring

by Dhruv Verma
Channel: #day1-28sep-talks-am
12:00 – 12:30

Break

12:30 – 13:30
Poster Session
Channel: #day1-28sep-posters

Birds of India: A new citizen science platform on avian species of India. – Abhijeet Bayani

Citizen Science Initiative For Biodiversity Assessment- Campus Bird Count Experience From Wayanad – Rathish R L

Nest Boxes for secondary cavity nesting birds – Uday Kumar

Does wealth predict neighbourhood tree diversity? Testing the Luxury Effect in Pune city, India – Anjali Umesh Bhadule

Monitoring Diversity and Distribution of Odonata of Kerala – A Citizen Science Initiative – Muhamed Sherif

CSIR-NCL’s Initiative towards Scientific Social Responsibility, A Closer Look. – Wafia Masih

Modeling palm squirrel distributions with citizen science, social media and traditional data sources – Bishwarup Paul

Citizen group leaders: Creating common platform for citizens and scientific community. – Sangunni KS

Long-term Bird Monitoring Project, Goa: Lessons from Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. – Pronoy Baidya

Beachcombing for Shorebirds: A survey of birds in migration to the Ernakulam (Kerala) Coast – Dilip K G

Community Perception on Status of Betula utilis in Selected Sites of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh – Anjana Sharma

What does it mean to a first time citizen scientist measuring Rainfall – Peeyush Sekhsaria

People’s Perception of Slender Loris in Bengaluru – Varsha Bhaskaran

KURMA Tracking Indian Turtles- A citizen science tool for turtle conservation in India – Sreeparna Dutta

The scope of Citizen science WRT human-nature relational models – Kalpa Viswanadhan

Deep convolutional neural networks as a tool for Indian butterfly identification – Theivaprakasham Hari

Frugal Innovation Enabling Citizen Science Projects: A Case Study of Foldscope – Sonali Kadam

Investigating male plumage polymorphism in the Indian paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) – Rohan Menzies

Encouraging Layman Engagement & Data Collection through Interactive Dragonfly Data Collection Apps – Aditya Hundekari

Kidoor Bird Festival- A new initiative in engaging public towards nature conservation – Raju Stiven Crasta B

13:30 – 13:55

Break

13:55 – 14:15

Putting Together the Migration Puzzle – One Resighting at a Time: A Jamnagar Case Study in Progress

by Madhumita Panigrahi
Channel: #day1-28sep-talks-pm
14:15 – 14:30

Frogwatch in India: Current status and future directions

by Gururaja KV
Channel: #day1-28sep-talks-pm
14:30 – 14:45

Key Factors for a Successful Identification of a Species in Citizen Science Projects

by Yugender Subramanian
Channel: #day1-28sep-talks-pm
15:00 – 18:30

Break

18:30 – 19:30

KEYNOTE TALK : Scales of Participation: Citizen Science to Address Social Roots of Environmental Issues in the United States

by Caren Cooper
Channel: #day1-28sep-caren

Day 2 : Tue 29, Sept 2020

10:00 – 10:50

KEYNOTE TALK : Participatory data gathering – of whom, by whom and for whom?

by Naveen Namboothiri
Channel: #day2-29sep-naveenn
10:55 – 11:15

Use of citizen science data in the study and conservation of threatened endemic avifauna

by Paul Pop
Channel: #day2-29sep-talks-am
11:15 – 11:30

Angling for Conservation

by Naren Sreenivasan
Channel: #day2-29sep-talks-am
11:30 – 11:45

Harnessing public interest in wild canids and hyenas for making conservation assessments in India

by Priya Singh
Channel: #day2-29sep-talks-am
11:45 – 12:25

Break

12:25 – 12:45

Mammals of India- a crowd-sourced online platform on Indian mammals

by Vivek Ramachandran
Channel: #day2-29sep-talks-pm
12:45 – 13:00

Serendipitous Conservation: Using Citizen Science as a Tool to Monitor Human-primate Interactions

by Ishika Ramakrishna
Channel: #day2-29sep-talks-pm
13:00 – 13:15

Vembanad Fish count and democratic conservation in the heavily used Vembanad Lake

by Anu Radhakrishnan
Channel: #day2-29sep-talks-pm
13:15 – 14:00

Break

14:00 – 15:00

PANEL DISCUSSION : The scope and opportunities in Citizen Science

by VB Mathur, Krushnamegh Kunte, Kaberi Kargupta, Naveen Namboothiri, Moderator – Pankaj Sekhsaria
Channel: #day2-29sep-panel

Day 3 : Wed 30, Sept 2020

10:00 – 11:00

PANEL DISCUSSION : Technology in Citizen Science

by Prabhakar Rajagopal, Praveen J., Vijay Barve
Moderator – Nandini Rajamani
Channel: #day3-30sep-panel
11:10 – 11:30

State of India’s Birds

by Ashwin Viswanathan
Channel: #day3-30sep-talks-am
11:30 – 11:45

Enter the New Dragon: Dragonfly Diversity Informatics Mediated through Social Media

by Yash Chaudhari
Channel: #day3-30sep-talks-am
11:45 – 12:00

The eMammal project – Students collecting valuable data on mammals

by Rahul Khot
Channel: #day3-30sep-talks-am
12:00 – 12:15

Addressing ecological knowledge gaps for freshwater chelonians using citizen science

by Anuja Mital
Channel: #day3-30sep-talks-am
12:15 – 12:30

Break

12:30 – 13:30
Poster Session
Channel: #day3-30sep-posters

Bioblitz: Counting Species through Citizen Science – Vikram Singh

What colour does butterfly prefer? An analysis using citizen science data – Aravind Neelavar Ananthram

Influence of citizen science drives in documenting moth diversity of India – Harsha Kumar

Citizens documenting Moths during Pandemic lockdown: National Moth Week India 2020 – Haneesh K M

Do day-flying moth and butterfly co-occur? A citizen science case study in Dehing Patkai, Assam. – Subhasish Arandhara

HiveWatch: a citizen science project to monitor A. dorsata colonies in Indian cities – Rajath S

Role of large, open for all, birdwatching events; Learnings from Onam Bird Counts (2014-2019) – Sreekumar E R

How climate change is affecting lives of local communities in the Himalayas – Simran Tomar

Seasonality of Spot-billed Pelicans in Bangalore – Prashanth M.B.

Pictionary Assisted Monitoring of Biodiversity and Conservation Efforts Using Citizen Scientists. – Manan Goyal

Conservation of the heronries of Kerala through people’s participation – Roshnath Ramesh

Preliminary results of the first City bird Atlas of Tamil Nadu – Coimbatore City Bird Atlas – Dr.T.Arulvelan, Selvaganesh K

Hoot: Owl Call Recognition using Deep Learning – Abhishek Wahane

Biodiversity of West Bengal: a citizen science initiative to understand biodiversity of the state – Sagar Adhurya

Monitoring water quality of ponds in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta using citizen science – Lucy Roberts

National Mothweek Kerala – Unnikrishnan.MP

Preliminary findings and observations of Pune Bird Atlas project – Siddharth Biniwale, Kedar Chaphekar

Looking into citizen science as a solution for conservation of Smooth-coated otters. – Krunal Trivedi

A Critical Review on Technology-mediated citizen science – Suraj Kumar Dey

Scientific contributions and learning experiences of citizen volunteers with a small cat project in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai – Shomita Mukherjee

Importance for documentation of Biodiversity – Neel Gadikar

Kasaragod Bird Atlas – Maxim Rodrigues K

Citizen Science and Disease Ecology – Nikeshraj. N

Story of Lockdown-Backyard-Bioblitz-Kerala – Manoj Karingamadathil

Urban Wildlife protection and development as a citizen movement for the sustainability of a city – Colonel.Navaz Shariff

LivelyWaters! a freshwater biodiversity citizen science initiative – Priyanka Iyer

Our River, Our Life: River Monitoring and Citizen Science – Neethi Mahesh

13:30 – 13:55

Break

13:55 – 14:15

The Use of Atlas Data for Bird-friendly Urban Planning

by Tarun Menon
Channel: #day3-30sep-talks-pm
14:15 – 14:30

LimKnow : A citizen science app for lake management

by Sudeshna Gupta
Channel: #day3-30sep-talks-pm
14:30 – 14:45

Did pandemic improve availability of biodiversity occurrence data in India

by Vijay Barve
Channel: #day3-30sep-talks-pm
14:45 – 15:00

My Introduction to IBP and the subsequent pedagogical and environmental benefits from it

by V. Arun
Channel: #day3-30sep-talks-pm

Day 4 : Thur 01, Oct 2020

10:00 – 10:50

KEYNOTE TALK : Bazookas, Mobile Apps and the Agora: Citizen Science and prospects for a more Public Science

by Naveen Thayyil
Channel: #day4-1oct-naveent
10:55 – 11:15

Makunda Nature Club

by Rejoice Gassah
Channel: #day4-1oct-talks-am
11:15 – 11:30

Tamiraparani Waterbird Count: A Citizen Science Initiative in South Tamil Nadu

by M. Mathivanan
Channel: #day4-1oct-talks-am
11:30 – 11:45

Odonata of India: Studying dragonflies and damselflies of India through citizen science

by Shantanu Joshi
Channel: #day4-1oct-talks-am
11:45 – 12:00

Perceptions of SCUBA divers on coral reef health – applications in citizen science

by Suneha Jagannathan
Channel: #day4-1oct-talks-am
12:00 – 12:25

Break

12:25 – 12:45

Early encouraging trends from engagement with citizen groups in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India

by Anup Prakash
Channel: #day4-1oct-talks-pm
12:45 – 13:00

Charting Biodiversity in a Transforming Urban Seascape – A Citizen-driven Approach

by Abhishek Jamalabad
Channel: #day4-1oct-talks-pm
13:00 – 13:15

Lessons from Snake Sense, a citizen science and education project on snake conservation from Kerala

by Peroth Balakrishnan
Channel: #day4-1oct-talks-pm
13:15 – 13:30

Learning with our eyes wide open

by Madhavan A.P.
Channel: #day4-1oct-talks-pm
13:30 – 14:00

Break

14:00 – 15:00

PANEL DISCUSSION : Highlighting the citizen in ‘Citizen Science’

by Vidhya Swaminathan, Anubhav Agarwal, PV Prabhakaran, Siddharth Biniwale
Moderator – N.S. Prashanth
Channel: #day4-1oct-panel

Keynote Speakers

Caren Cooper

Caren Cooper

Associate Professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University

Caren Cooper is an Associate Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University, part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program in Leadership in Public Science, and assistant head of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She studies bird ecology, conservation, and management through the use of citizen science. Caren is co-editor-in-chief of Citizen Science: Theory & Practice, a journal of the Citizen Science Association and author of Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing The Face of Discovery. Caren advocates for the practices of Citizen Science, Open Science, and Science Communication, pursuing scholarly inquiry into these areas, and bringing them all together to achieve Public Science. She is dedicated to training and mentoring students to become public scientists so they can pursue careers that weave science into the fabric of society.

Geetha Ramaswami

Geetha Ramaswami

Programme Manager, Education and Public Engagement, PhD, Nature Conservation Foundation

Geetha Ramaswami is the programme manager for SeasonWatch, a citizen science project looking at the effects of seasons on tree phenology, since March 2018. In the past, Geetha has been a post-doctoral research associate with the Nature Conservation Foundation with an interest in invasive plants. She worked on an invasive plant – Lantana camara – for her PhD; trying to understand how the environment affects where and how this species spreads and also how indigenous species respond to the presence of this invasive plant. She later worked on a short project assessing the reasons by which the management of Lantana has largely failed in Indian forests. Geetha currently works on understanding the impacts of  Lantana on native plant-disperser interactions.

Naveen  Namboothri

Naveen Namboothri

Director, Dakshin Foundation

Naveen Namboothri is a founder trustee of Dakshin Foundation and currently serves as its Director. Trained as marine biologist, he has worked in diverse coastal, marine and island systems across India. His engagement cuts across regional, national and local agencies including government and non-government sectors. He heads the Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring Programme and oversees the establishment and implementation of several marine conservation projects at Dakshin’s field sites such as the community-led fisheries management in the Lakshadweep, citizen science programmes in the Andamans and the long-term monitoring of coral reef ecosystems in the Andamans. Naveen also helps build Dakshin’s Environmental Education Programme and oversaw the production of the publication Treasured Islands. He has served on the editorial board of Current Science and was an invited member to the Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology Task Force of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

Naveen Thayyil

Naveen Thayyil

Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Naveen Thayyil is an Associate Professor in Law and STS (Science and Technology Studies) at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He is interested in studying the social institutions of technology and science, and the exercise of power and authority in the production of knowledge in these realms. Naveen’s focus on the production of knowledge in these realms, in conjunction with the interlinked domains of politics, policy, and law, has taken him to multiple sites, including environmental law and policy, public participation in governance and in knowledge production, Ethics and Governance of NEST (New and Emerging Science and Technology), Visioning and Technology Assessment, Citizen Science, Responsible Research and Innovation, and the algorithmic turn in knowledge production. His publications include the 2014 monograph on EU regulation of GMOs (Biotechnology Regulation and GMOs: Law, Technology and Public Contestations in Europe, “Science and Social movements” in Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, “Constructing global data: Automated techniques in ecological monitoring, precaution and reification of risk” in Journal of Big Data and Society, and the 2018 public report on Citizen Science in Ecology in India.