A Tauranga university student is hosting an evening tonight mixing science and public participation.

University of Waikato PHD student Monica Peters will explore citizen science - people taking part in scientific research.

Globally, citizen science is of increasing importance. Citizen science offers tremendous potential for collecting a wide range of useful data to help us better understand such things as the effects of climate change on flora and fauna; changes to ecosystem health, and population trends and the distribution of flora and fauna species.

Social outcomes are diverse and include enhancing participants' scientific and ecological literacy.

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For more information about the research, people can visit https://monicalogues.com/.

The Cafe Scientifique is at 6.30pm, tonight at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga. Light refreshments are available from 6.30pm. Entry is $5.