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Arfon Smith

Director of Citizen Science, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, and Zooniverse Technical Lead

Arfon Smith

Dr Arfon Smith is Director of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago where he leads a team of developers, educators and scientists who build web-based citizen science projects for the Zooniverse ( He gained a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry in 2001 from the University of Sheffield and then went on to study for a PhD in Astrochemistry from The University of Nottingham (2006). After completing his PhD he worked as a senior software developer in the production software group at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge (UK), the facility that made the largest single contribution to the original gold standard sequence of the human genome.

In 2008 he joined the Zooniverse team at University of Oxford as technical lead and has coordinated the development of more than 15 citizen science projects in domains as diverse as solar physics and papyrology and overseen the growth of the Zooniverse community to more than 600,000 volunteers.

Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

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