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Opportunity: App Testing and Research Volunteer

Now-u is a new non-profit app, launched in July 2020, with a mission to inform, involve and inspire people to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental and social problems. In these unprecedented times, we cannot ‘go back to normal’. The now-u app facilitates ways for people to do good that are easy, enjoyable, and make a real difference to people, communities and the planet.

We are now seeking individuals across the UK who have an interest or are actively participating in social and environmental causes/campaigns to join our research team to try our app and give us some feedback on how we can better engage and facilitate user experience.

Opportunity: UK City Nature Challenge

City Nature Challenge is an epic, global citizen science project to collect information about our local wildlife. In 2020 ten UK cities are collaborating with 200+ cities across the world to find and record as much wildlife as possible to help track how nature is bouncing back this spring!

Opportunity: Zoological Society of London - Instant Wild

ZSL’s Instant Wild empowers you to take part in vital conservation work, bringing you live images and videos from amazing locations all around the world. By identifying the animals in each image, you are contributing to conservation and making a positive impact on the future for wildlife.

Opportunity: Anti-slavery Manuscripts

We need your help to turn our collection of handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th century into texts that can be more easily read and researched by students, teachers, historians, and big data applications.

Opportunity: Project Plumage

Help us measure the spectacular diversity of bird colouration

With approximately 10,000 living species, birds are one of the most diverse groups of animals on earth. One characteristic that makes birds so fascinating is their spectacular colouration. From the striking iridescence of hummingbirds to the vibrant colours of macaws, birds have evolved an astounding diversity of colours and patterns.

In addition to the colours that we can see, many bird species can also perceive light in the ultraviolet (UV) range of the spectrum. The discovery that many birds see and respond to UV colouration has had a significant impact on how researchers now measure bird plumage colouration, as well as on our understanding of how birds see each other.

Our team is hoping to measure the dazzling array of plumage colouration in birds to gain a better understanding of how and why spectacular animal colouration evolves. Some of the key questions we hope to answer are:

Just how colourful are birds?
How quickly does plumage colour evolve?
Are evolutionary changes in plumage colour associated with the origin of new species?

Opportunity: Zooniverse

The Zooniverse enables everyone to take part in real cutting edge research in many fields across the sciences, humanities, and more. The Zooniverse creates opportunities for you to unlock answers and contribute to real discoveries.

Opportunity: LibriVox

LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (books no longer under copyright), and make them available for free on the Internet. Practically, this means we record books published before 1923. All our recordings (including yours, if you volunteer for us) are also donated into the public domain.

We record books in all languages.

Opportunity: Be My Eyes

Every day, sighted volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives.

As a sighted volunteer you can help just by installing the Be My Eyes app. A blind or a low-vision user may need help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colours, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings.

Click on ‘Register Interest’ for more info.