WP 1 - The use of an interdisciplinary approach to the effective deployment of detection technology ('The Learning Platform')

Workpackage 1

Partners: Mariella Marzano (FR), Jones/Crowe/Macarthur (Fera), White (St.Andrews), Pocock (CEH)

This Work Package team comprises social scientists, an economist, a statistician and a scientist with experience working in citizen science. We are involved in three main activities. Firstly, we are mapping the stakeholders involved in the detection of tree pests and pathogens in UK and beyond. We are documenting how different individuals and organisations or groups interact, what their different roles and responsibilities are and what they perceive to be barriers and opportunities for enhanced detection. As a part of this work we are developing a novel bio-socioeconomic model. Secondly, we are investigating the process of socio-technological innovation. We are monitoring to whom scientists talk during their research and how these contacts influence and improve the development of five particular technologies that could enhance early detection of tree disease. We are encouraging each group of scientists to explore different modes of contact through what we have called ‘Social Learning Laboratories’ and are examining the potential for co-design. This includes investigation of the potential for citizen science to aid the development and implementation of new technologies. Thirdly, we are developing a network of stakeholders with interests in the early detection of tree pests and pathogens, in particular through annual ‘Learning Platform’ workshops. We aim to develop a lasting legacy for bio-security through connection and resource availability.