Citizen science education

Citizen science education

One of the main motivations of many citizen scientists is that they want to learn about a topic and one of the best ways to achieve that is by being involved in a group of people working on this topic. In biological monitoring it is essential to be able to recognize...
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...
Engaging youth in Citizen Science

Engaging youth in Citizen Science

By Evan Groen – DRIFT Participants in citizen science projects are typically older.[1,2,3] The average age of the volunteers is around 50 years old which makes sense as a lack of time is the most commonly stated barrier to participation.[2,3,4] Younger...
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...