Professor Mel Woods, Chair in Creative Intelligence at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, joins us to talk about the GROW Observatory (GROW) and the potential of participatory culture, citizen sensing and citizen science. Grow Observatory is a Europewide project engaging thousands of growers, scientists and others passionate about the land. They are using Flower Power sensors to generate data on soil moisture, temperature and light, discovering together how to better manage soil and grow food whilst contributing to vital scientific, environmental monitoring
With 2,500 sensors currently returning data, and several online MOOCs GROW is addressing the problem of amplifying scale, whilst supporting meaningful participation with citizens and grassroots organisations, as well as policy makers and scientists.
Professor Mel Woods develops highly collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to practice in the Creative and Digital Economy. Her interest is in designing with and for ‘creative intelligence’, with a focus on supporting people in their use of future technologies to address societal challenges through change-making. Currently Mel plays a lead role in citizen sensing on issues of environmental concern at local and global level funded by H2020; Making Sense, The GROW Observatory, WeObserve and for OpenDoTT at University of Dundee.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690199