OPAL UK joins Glasgow's science hub to total 55 partners
Glasgow City of Science has signed up its 55th partner, as Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network joins the umbrella organisation.
Glasgow City of Science (GCoS) is a pioneering partnership that aims to raise the profile of the region as a world-class science destination and leverage science and technology to boost sustainable economic development and quality of life.
OPAL, a UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows people to get hands-on with nature, whatever their age, background or level of ability, is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Imperial College London. The project is based around six citizen science surveys using everything from bug counts to pond dipping to collect UK wide data about the health of our natural environment.
Professor Tracey Howe, Deputy Chair of Glasgow City of Science said: “Reaching a total of 55 partners is a fantastic milestone for Glasgow City of Science. OPAL is a highly regarded UK wide initiative recognised by government, academia and major organisations associated with the natural environment and in science education. The project is generating important scientific data, so understandably we are extremely pleased to welcome them on board.”
OPAL Director Dr David Slawson said: “OPAL is thrilled to become a partner to Glasgow City of Science. During our short time together working on rolling out the OPAL project in Scotland, it has become clear what a progressive, innovative and energetic organisation Glasgow of City of Science is. “These are vital attributes to help us engage people with science, in particular to inspire citizens to get actively involved with some of today’s major environmental issues, such as loss of biodiversity, the health of our trees and air, water and soil quality.”
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