The Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Rhein-Neckar e.V. invites you to a talk in English entitled
‚Tales from the Zooniverse: Science with a Crowd‘
by Professor Chris Lintott
Chris Lintott is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College. As Principal investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who run the world’s most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti. A passionate advocate of the public understanding of science, he is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long running “Sky at Night” program. Together with Queen guitarist Brian May and Sir Patrick Moore, he is the author of two books, both available in more than 13 languages.
The digital revolution is producing a flood of data which threatens to overwhelm scientists in fields as diverse as astronomy and zoology. Whether sorting through a million images of galaxies, monitoring animals in the Serengeti with a distributed network of cameras, or monitoring storms from space, the solution is the same – to invite millions of volunteers to help. In this talk, astronomer Chris Lintott will explain how ‘citizen science’ is powering this revolution, allowing anyone to discover unusual planets around distant stars, help us understand the Martian climate and keep track of global warming.
Admission is free to members; non-members are requested to make a donation of EUR 5 towards expenses (“Unkostenbeitrag”).