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The E3i (EnvEast Enterprise and Innovation) Student Club

Research within environmental science involves more than just furthering knowledge, it has another place within society in dealing with issues of global importance. But very rarely is this place acknowledged. One reason for this is because links between academic institutions, industry leaders and policy makers, and of course the wider public, have historically been fairly weak. Enterprise and innovation are broad terms for the method by which these links can be created. In the context of our research it can mean engaging in outreach with the wider public, getting involved with local government or creating a product that can be used to address an environmental issue.

The E3i (EnvEast Enterprise and Innovation) club is a student-led organisation which seeks to promote these activities through developing training opportunities, encouraging science communication, and creating ties with non-academic organisations with the aim of realising the full potential of our research.

Any research student based at one of EnvEast's partner institutes working within the NERC remit may join this club. If you're interested in joining, or wish to assist the club, or just need some more information, please don't hesitate to contact us:

Natasha Senior – President
Beth Williams - Vice-President

Jessie Gardner - Treasurer
Philip Lamb - Creative Director
David Litchfield - Policy officer
Kris Sales - Communications Officer
Seth Thomas - E3i Writer


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E3i Seminar: Nature Apps - Waiting for the revolution

E3i Seminar: Nature Apps - Waiting for the revolution

Dr Paul Jepson, University of Oxford

25 November 2015, 4pm. SCI 3.05, University of East Anglia.

This talk will follow the general theme of technology and citizen science and it is aimed at all PGRs/ECRs who want to gain an appreciation of how scientific research can have an impact outside of academia.

Apps are small task-orientated programs with the potential to integrate the computational and sensing capacities of smartphones with the power of cloud computing, social networking, and crowdsourcing. They have the potential to transform how humans interact with nature, cause a step change in the quantity and resolution of biodiversity data, democratize access to environmental knowledge, and reinvigorate ways of enjoying nature. To assess the extent to which this potential is being exploited in relation to nature, we conducted an automated search of the Google Play Store using 96 nature-related terms. This returned data on ~36 304 apps, of which ~6301 were nature-themed. We found that few of these fully exploit the full range of capabilities inherent in the technology and/or have successfully captured the public imagination. Such breakthroughs will only be achieved by increasing the frequency and quality of collaboration between environmental scientists, information engineers, computer scientists, and interested publics.