Chief Admin


Blogs: 172
Pages: 4
Memos: 113
Invitations: 1
Location: Kyoto and Auckland
Work interests: research, editing, science communication
Affiliation/website: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka
Preferred contact method: Any
Preferred contact language(s): English, German
Contact: email = researchcooperative-at-gmail-dot-com
Favourite publications: Various, and especially the open access versions of older journals with effective review systems

Founding Member

Work: ethnobotany, prehistory, museum curation
Affiliations: 1996-present: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. 1995: Freelance editor, Kyoto. 1994: JSPS Research Visitor, Kyoto University, Kyoto. 1993: Research Visitor, Australian National University, Canberra. 1991: Visiting Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.1990: STA Fellow, National Institute for Ornamental Plants, Vegetables, and Tea (NIVOT), Ano, Japan
Contact: National Museum of Ethnology, Senri Expo Park, Suita City, Osaka, Japan 565-8511
Biographical: Established the Research Cooperative in 2001
Favourite Publications: Various

Category: Collaboration

Dear community,


I’m thrilled to bring your attention to a significant milestone of our project and an excellent opportunity for the citizen science community. Please  save the date because on 10 January 2023, at 12:00 noon CET we will launch the 1st IMPETUS Open Call!

In a nutshell, it is a two-way call: on one track, we will look for new and ongoing citizen science initiatives; on the other, the European Union Prize for Citizen Science will look for outstanding citizen science projects.

IMPETUS will provide the selected proposals with financial, mentoring and training support. A kickstarting grant will give €20K to new projects and a sustaining grant of €10K to ongoing ones! IMPETUS will also look for outstanding citizen science projects and give them recognition through the European Prize for Citizen Science: three prizes plus honorary mentions. One Grand Prize of €60K, a Diversity and Collaboration Award of €20K and a Digital Communities Award of €20K!  

All the details, FAQ, forms and application information will be available on 10 January at 12:00 noon CET on .


We will need you to spread the word among your  communities and networks! In the meantime, you can visit and pencil in the date! 



(Co-=op Admin. cross-post from the PCST listserv, 21st December 2022)

An open letter to the Ronin Institute - a possible collaboration?

Copy of an open letter to the Ronin Institute (19th December 2021)

To whom it may concern,

I am a New Zealander working at the National Museum of Ethnology in Japan. This is where I settled in 1996 after a few years of wandering as a post-doc and self-employed scholar. My experiences of working in Japan led me to create the Research Cooperative in 2001, and the network now has approx. 8,000 members who are largely silent and/or inactive. This is partly because I cannot engage full-time with Co-op members while also working full-time for my museum and my own research. See:

The Research Cooperative needs collaboration with like-minded organisations and individuals!

My goal is to make the network self-sustaining as I believe the Research Cooperative will always be needed and useful, if it can achieve the potential I see in it. By self-sustaining a mean in terms of both development of the network and financially. 

If the network can become more active, then it might attract sponsorships and advertising revenue, or might be of sufficient value to members to attract subscription payments for specific extra services. For example, professional editing or translation companies might be willing to offer discounts to subscribing members.

The Research Cooperative is a network where novices and professionals involved in all aspects of science communication can gather for mutual benefit.

Is collaboration between Ronin Institute and the Research Cooperative possible? At a minimum this could be a matter of cross-linking and cross-promotion.

Best regards, Peter