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Using Citizen Science to Fight Mosquitoes

Using Citizen Science to Fight Mosquitoes


Imatge inicial

This course will use the problem of disease-vector mosquitoes as a way to introduce students to citizen science, disease ecology, and basic statistics.

Objectives and program

The course aims to give students:

  • An introduction to the emerging field of citizen science.
  • An understanding of the basic tools used in citizen science and preparation for studying this further or participating in citizen science projects.
  • A basic introduction to disease ecology, focused on mosquito-borne diseases.
  • A basic introduction to statistical methods and computational tools necessary for analyzing data in a wide variety of fields the students may decide to pursue in the future .

Day 1: The problem

  • Mosquito-borne diseases
  • Traditional research and surveillance methods and their limits

Day 2: Citizen science overview

  • History and philosophy
  • Technological developments and networked citizen science
  • Applying citizen science to the mosquito problem

Day 3: Citizen science techniques

  • System overview
  • Mobile and web application development
  • Servers and databases
  • Ethics, privacy, and data security

Day 4: Analyzing data

  • Errors, biases and corrections
  • Data use scenarios
  • Spatial statistics
  • Cross-validation
  • Computational tools

Day 5: Synthesis and future directions

  • Global Mosquito Alert
  • Pitfalls and limits
  • Broader applications


John Palmer is a professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University. His research and teaching center on disease ecology, human mobility and inequality, and statistics. He is a founding member of Mosquito Alert and the Global Mosquito Alert initiative and he is currently leading the Human-Mosquito Interaction Project funded by the European Research Council. His training is in a combination of ecology (B.S., Cornell University, 1997), law (J.D., Cornell University, 2003), and demography (Ph.D., Princeton University, 2013).

Places: 25

Destinataris: estudiants de tercer i quart d'ESO, primer de batxillerat i cicles formatius de grau mitjà

Llengua: català i anglès

Dates i horari:del 6 al 10 de juliol, de 9.30 a 14.00 h

Preu: 110 €

Lloc: campus de la Ciutadella