Implementing Citizen Science to explore grassland ecology

Duration of the project

01.02.2021. - 30.06.2021.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

University of Tartu
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Project Manager

Dr. Tsipe Aavik

Project goals

  1. To raise awareness in society about the impacts of grassland loss on biodiversity.
  2. To improve scientific knowledge of the effects of grassland loss on important ecological processes.

Main activities and venues

  1. Adaptation and translation of animations, videos, guidelines and the website for the Citizen-Science campaign; in Tartu, Estonia
  2. Communication and advertising of the campaign on different media platforms (social media, TV/radio, newspapers), in Germany, coordinated from Halle (Saale), Germany and Tartu, Estonia.
  3. Implementation of the Citizen-Science Campaign, April-June 2021 in Estonia, Latvia, Germany and Sweden
  4. First, preliminary data analysis and feedback to the participants and media (June 2021) from all participating countries.

Public events

  1. Internationally arranged Citizen-Science campaign, April-June 2021 in Estonia, Latvia, Germany and Sweden.
  2. 2 public seminars, one at the University of Tartu and one at the MLU in Halle (Saale), Germany; both in April 2021

Direct and indirect target group

  1. Direct target group:

Interested and engaged citizens, including schools and kindergartens in Estonia, Latvia, Germany and Sweden

Master and PhD students of the biology department, UT Tartu, Estonia

  1. Indirect target group:

Environmentalists, governmental and non-governmental (nature conservation-) organisations, public authorities, in general a wide range of persons interested in nature and communication sciences from all participating countries.