Citizen Science Meetup

Above: Citizens in Santa Cruz, Calif., collect water samples for the Our Radioactive Ocean project. (Credit: WHOI)

Safecast has been fortunate to have meaningful outreach to the wider citizen science community in Japan and abroad. Last December we were invited to a meeting in Hong Kong of over 30 Asia-based citizen science groups, hosted by National Geographic. One outcome of this has been a good mutually supportive relationship between Safecast and Citizen Science.Asia , particularly through their Japan Ambassador Emu-Felicitas Miyashita. On Sunday, March 24, we’re joining forces to mark the 8th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster by highlighting a wide range of Japan-related citizen science activity. The event will feature presentations about several intriguing citizen science projects as well as hands-on time so attendees can familiarize themselves with the techniques these groups use. It’s free and open to the public and we hope everyone can attend.

Title : Mizu, Mapping, Micro: Citizen Science in Japan Today

Co-organized by Safecast and Citizen Science.Asia

Date : Sunday, March 24, 2019

Time : 15:00 – 18:00 

Location: Loftwork COOOP 10

Dogenzaka Pia 10F, 1-22-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to, Japan, 150-0043 



— Azby Brown, Safecast

— Emu Felicitas-Miyashita, Citizen Science.Asia 

— Dr. Ken Buesseler, WHOI — Featured speaker. Dr. Buesseler is a marine radiochemist who leads the Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He has been monitoring ocean radiation since before the Fukushima disaster, and established the “Our Radioactive Ocean” project which crowdsources ocean water sample collection to monitor post-Fukushima ocean radiation on the Pacific coast of North America.  See his recent article about the impact of citizen science at Scientific American.

— Mr. Nagayama Kuniaki, Life is Small — 3d-printed Digital Microsope attachment for smartphones 

— Mr. Sayama Kouichi,  Mizu to Midori no Kenkyuukai — A nationwide river water monitoring project that has over 6000 volunteers.

— Dr. Taichi Furuhashi, Open Street Map Japan — The world’s most successful crowdsourced online map.

— Nahoko Nakamura, Minna no Data project — Crowsdsourced radiation measurements for food and soil.


14:30 — Doors open

15:00 — Welcome and Greetings from Safecast and Citizen Science.Asia 

15:10— Presentation by  Dr. Ken Buesseler, followed by Q&A

16:00 — Introduction to citizen science in Japan and Asia

16:15 — 17:20 — Presentations and Q&A

17:20 — 17:50 — Hands-on demonstrations and discussion of samples and devices

17:50 — Closing remarks.

18:00 — End