Breaking down the ivory tower with citizen scientists

Breaking down the ivory tower with citizen scientists

During the NWO Synergy conference, we did a workshop on citizen science’s potential to democratise our science system. Participants thought about what we need to change in our current scientific system and came up with problems such as the widening gap between science...
ACTION Accelerator Kick-off

ACTION Accelerator Kick-off

The ACTION first Open Call is now closed and 6 new citizen science projects have been selected. They will join the ACTION team for a few days’ workshop at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries on the banks of Lake Müggelsee in...
OpenLitterMap: an Open Data portal on plastic pollution

OpenLitterMap: an Open Data portal on plastic pollution

By Gloria Re Calegari – Cefriel OpenLitterMap empowers everyone with the tools to become an Open Citizen Scientist. By joining OpenLitterMap citizens can create a world with less plastic and toxic chemicals that risk to contaminate various plants and animals. By...
European traffic monitored through citizen scientists

European traffic monitored through citizen scientists

Traffic counts are essential as a basis for solutions to take action against air pollution. Unfortunately counting is currently expensive, limited in time, and rarely records all forms of transport (cars, heavy vehicles, public transport, cyclists and pedestrians)....
How political does citizen science need to be?

How political does citizen science need to be?

Research on initiatives in Fukushima raise globally relevant questions for citizen science practice Citizen science projects about pollution often emerge in areas of contention between citizens and institutional or governmental actors: take vehicle emissions and urban...
Using citizen science to transform our science system?

Using citizen science to transform our science system?

In the concluding chapter of the book “Citizen science”, Bonn and colleagues argue that citizen science can lead to advances in science, policy, and society. ACTION partners T6 Ecosystems and DRIFT are building on these insights to investigate the ways in which...