Participants in Citizen Science projects are typically older. 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. Younger individuals can be busy with school and work limiting free time to become involved in citizen science. While it is therefore understandable that younger people are underrepresented within Citizen Science, it is important to increase the participation of younger generations.
Engaging in Citizen Science and collaborating with scientists can make research more relevant and impactful for those that participate. Citizen Science also has the potential for learning and empowerment, which is particularly relevant to younger people. How do you include younger individuals in citizen science projects? Evan Groen, DRIFT-intern working on European research project ACTION, shares some insights in a blog.