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How to become a “Plastic Pirate”

Terms of participation and clarification of rights

The “Plastic Pirates” youth campaign is a citizen science campaign which contributes to research on the distribution of macro- and microplastics along German rivers. Citizen science projects allow interested members of the public to participate directly in the research process.

General provisions
Participation in the youth campaign is subject to the terms of participation set out below. In taking part in the campaign, the participants accepted these terms and conditions.

The youth campaign was organised by the Editorial Office Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans, Building 13/5, Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, 13355 Berlin, Germany, (contact, by email: plasticpirates(at)scienceyear.de or by phone: +49 30 81 87 77-166), for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Project Group Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans.

Participants (members of a participating group as well as individuals representing their group) had be at least 10 years of age upon submission of their data. The maximum age of 16 should preferably not be exceeded at the time of participation.

Groups wished to participate must comprise no more than 30 people.

Participation required parental consent for minors, in particular with regard to the transfer of the right to use any pictures that may be taken over the course of the campaign.

All data had to be collected and photos had to be taken between the 1st of May and the 30th of June 2017 in order to be considered in the campaign. The collected data and photos must be uploaded onto the website  www.wissenschaftsjahr.de/jugendaktion by 11.59 p.m. (CET) on the 15th of July 2017. Only duly submitted data via this website can be considered for this large-scale study. Data submitted at a later time cannot be considered for the study.

Copyright and privacy rights / rights of use of the organiser
In accepting the terms of participation, participants – as individuals and members of a group – consent to the exclusive use of their submitted data and photos without territorial or time restrictions.

This right of the organiser to the exclusive use without territorial or time restrictions includes the publication of the uploaded data as well as the on-line publication of the data and photos on the www.wissenschaftsjahr.de/jugendaktion website, and on the Science Year 2016*17 - Seas and Oceans website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Twitter account @w_jahr. The rights of use include the right to transfer and process the collected data for research purposes as well as the right of interested media representatives and partners of the Science Year to publish this research data.

Furthermore, the organiser retains the right to use images displaying the uploaded data and photos fully or in part for future (photo) documentation, the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and future printed publications. The organiser is also authorised to use the images without territorial or time restrictions for the purpose of reporting and press releases in relation to the Science Year and pass them to interested media representatives for use in their reports.

In uploading the data and photos, the person filling in the registration form confirms that s/he has the authority to represent the people pictured in these photos. This means where applicable that s/he must have previously obtained the consent of others involved in collecting the data to participate in the campaign.

In participating in the campaign and uploading the data and photos, the participating groups declare (also on the behalf of the individual group members) that the images they upload do not infringe the rights of any third party.

They also confirm that all the people pictured in these photos have expressed their consent to publication and in the case of minors that a statement of consent has been provided by a parent/guardian for the publication of their photos. In uploading their data and photos, they also confirm that the organiser as well as the Federal Ministry of Education and Research are freed of any third party’s legal claims with regard to the uploaded data and photos.

Data protection
Every group shall give itself a unique group name to successfully upload their data. This group name should preferably not be “Plastic Pirates”. Visitors to the website will be able to use the group name to filter all data and photos uploaded by the group.

Personal data is required to process the individual registration forms. Participants will need to enter their group name, name of the contact person, organisation/institution/school, postal address and email address of the contact person. The organiser retains the right to publish the group name as well as the name of the organisation/institution/school and the location on the data map and also when it announces the winners of the draw. No other personal data will be disclosed to third parties and will only be used for the purposes of conducting the campaign. Personal data will be deleted once the campaign has ended.

Technical requirements
Uploaded photos must not individually exceed 3 MB and should preferably be in landscape format. They should also be in the JPG file format.

Final legal provisions
The organiser assumes no liability for the loss or incompleteness of any data submitted by the participants, unless the loss or incompleteness of data was caused by intentional behaviour or due to gross negligence of the organiser or the organiser’s staff. This also applies to the disclosure of information by third parties due to technical errors during the transmission of data and/or unauthorised access.

Should individual provisions of these terms of participation be wholly or partly void or invalid or subsequently become void or invalid, the validity of the other provisions shall remain unaffected.

Recourse to law
Participants have no right of recourse to the law.

The campaign

Find out how young people can become “Plastic Pirates” working like real scientists. This is how it works.

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The rules

There are a few rules you need to comply with if you want to take part. Learn more about them here.

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Download all the relevant information and working materials including leaflets and the learning materials and worksheets here.

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Editorial Office Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, 13355 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 81 87 77-166
Fax: +49 30 81 87 77-125
Email: plasticpirates(at)scienceyear.de
Office hours: Mon to Fri 9 am to 1 pm and 2 to 6 pm (UTC+1)