ACCELERATOR

Over the course of the ACTION we will provide support to a total of 16 citizen science projects from around Europe. Ten projects are recruited through our Open Calls while another six have been with us since the beginning of the project, and 6 projects have been with us from the start as Case Studies.

ACTION works with these projects to provide support and expertise through a mentoring programme, which lasts 6 months for all Accelerator projects recruited through the Open Call. We also work together to re-imagine Citizen Science from the bottom up – working closely with ACTION projects to address the most pressing challenges of Citizen Science today.

We work with projects to co-design tools to help overcome hurdles common to citizen science projects, such as data management, creation of surveys, considering diversity, impact assessment and community development. These co-designed tools go on to become part of the ACTION Toolkit, which will remain available to citizen science projects far and wide after the project ends.

Through the Accelerator programme, ACTION is developing a network for Citizen Science projects working on pollution-themes.

A key highlight is the Accelerator Kick-Off Meeting, at the start of the two Accelerator periods. This meeting, held in February 2020 and 2021, gives all ACTION Citizen Science projects the chance to meet, to introduce their projects, to co-design tools and to meet with external experts.

What ACTION Provides

Successful applicants receive €20,000 for the six-month Accelerator period, along with help from the ACTION team. ACTION support is tailored to the needs of each citizen science project, and includes:

  • Intensive training at the start of the accelerator on: project design, citizen engagement, data management and preservation, inclusion;
  • Online mentoring during the pilot and beyond;
  • Tools and infrastructure to host projects and data according to state of the art IT practices;
  • Tools and methods to facilitate participatory data collection and analysis;
  • Bespoke consultancy on a diverse set of citizen science challenges, including: data quality, data preservation, GDPR, research ethics, motivating participation, citizen empowerment, EDI (equality, diversity, inclusion), public engagement, and impact;
  • Promotion via news on the ACTION website and on social media, as well as presentation opportunities at the ACTION conference and other related events;
  • Peer learning and networking, facilitated through workshops and online tools.

People of the ACTION Accelerator 

The ACTION Accelerator is led by Kat Austen.

Mentors 2020 – members of the ACTION consortium who accompany the Accelerator projects 

Elena Simperl

Neal Reeves

Gefion Thuermer

Esteban González Guardia

Rafael Gonzalez Fuentetaja

Roy van Grunsven

Accelerator Projects 2020

CitiComPlastic

In My Backyard

Noise Maps

Sonic Kayaks

Water For Future

WOWNature

Over the course of the ACTION we will provide support to a total of 16 citizen science projects from around Europe. Ten projects are recruited through our Open Calls while another six have been with us since the beginning of the project, and 6 projects have been with us from the start as Case Studies.

ACTION works with these projects to provide support and expertise through a mentoring programme, which lasts 6 months for all Accelerator projects recruited through the Open Call. We also work together to re-imagine Citizen Science from the bottom up – working closely with ACTION projects to address the most pressing challenges of Citizen Science today.

We work with projects to co-design tools to help overcome hurdles common to citizen science projects, such as data management, creation of surveys, considering diversity, impact assessment and community development. These co-designed tools go on to become part of the ACTION Toolkit, which will remain available to citizen science projects far and wide after the project ends.

Through the Accelerator programme, ACTION is developing a network for Citizen Science projects working on pollution-themes.

A key highlight is the Accelerator Kick-Off Meeting, at the start of the two Accelerator periods. This meeting, held in February 2020 and 2021, gives all ACTION Citizen Science projects the chance to meet, to introduce their projects, to co-design tools and to meet with external experts.

What ACTION Provides

Successful applicants receive €20,000 for the six-month Accelerator period, along with help from the ACTION team. ACTION support is tailored to the needs of each citizen science project, and includes:

  • Intensive training at the start of the accelerator on: project design, citizen engagement, data management and preservation, inclusion;
  • Online mentoring during the pilot and beyond;
  • Tools and infrastructure to host projects and data according to state of the art IT practices;
  • Tools and methods to facilitate participatory data collection and analysis;
  • Bespoke consultancy on a diverse set of citizen science challenges, including: data quality, data preservation, GDPR, research ethics, motivating participation, citizen empowerment, EDI (equality, diversity, inclusion), public engagement, and impact;
  • Promotion via news on the ACTION website and on social media, as well as presentation opportunities at the ACTION conference and other related events;
  • Peer learning and networking, facilitated through workshops and online tools.

People of the ACTION Accelerator 

The ACTION Accelerator is led by Kat Austen.

Mentors 2020 – members of the ACTION consortium who accompany the Accelerator projects 

Elena Simperl

Neal Reeves

Gefion Thuermer

Esteban González Guardia

Rafael Gonzalez Fuentetaja

Roy van Grunsven

Accelerator Projects 2020

CitiComPlastic

In My Backyard

Noise Maps

Sonic Kayaks

Water For Future

WOWNature

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