U.S. Science Envoy, Dr. Linda Abriola, is currently on a visit to Nepal. As Science Envoy, she will engage at the citizen and government levels to develop partnerships, improve collaboration, and forge mutually beneficial relationships between Nepal and the United States to stimulate increased scientific cooperation and foster economic prosperity. Science Envoys travel as private citizens and help inform the White House, the Department of State, and the scientific community about potential opportunities for cooperation.
Dr. Abriola was the chief guest of the Citizen Scientists event held at AVM School on August 21, 2016. Citizen Scientists is a non-traditional, bottom-up prototype for monitoring water quality in four cities in South Asia (Kathmandu, Colombo, Hyderabad and Mumbai). In this model, High School students in these cities test their water sources (taps, rivers, lakes, etc.) on various parameters like pH, turbidity, dissovled oxygen, arsenic, etc. They record the readings using a mobile application and also upload these readings to an online WATER platform allowing the sharing of test results with the rest of the world and hence enabling informed actions based on the data. The mobile application and the online WATER platform were designed and developed by Kathmandu Living Labs with support from the American Embassy in Nepal.