ACTION Policy Masterclass

In the course of 2021, ACTION will organise masterclasses in six countries (Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain & the UK), each one aimed at the interaction of citizen science with policy. Are you a policymaker or public servant interested in utilizing and taking advantage of citizen science in making your city and country a more healthy, sustainable and attractive place to live? Or are you involved in citizen science and have interesting examples of interaction with policy, would like to introduce us to policymakers or would like to connect to policy? And are you active in one of the six countries? Please contact us! Registrations will open in the start of 2021.

WHAT

Are these policy masterclasses
These masterclasses are targeted at local, regional and national policymakers and public servants and will be organized together with local citizen science projects within each of the countries in question. They provide training to policymakers and public servants to increase awareness of and to strategically position citizen science as a method for addressing policy goals and priorities.

WHAT

Is in it for policymakers & public servants

Citizen science provides many strategic opportunities as a method for addressing policy goals and priorities. Despite the growing recognition of the multiple benefits citizen science provides to policy, adoption of citizen science is still slow. Many public officials and policymakers lack the resources, knowledge, skills, contacts and routines to deal with the characteristics, practical needs, benefits and challenges of citizen science approaches. And for many, citizen science is something new or just unknown.

The masterclass will be interactive, together we will co-produce actionable knowledge about how to strengthen political capacity to leverage and mainstream citizen science in political and policy processes. We will specifically zoom into the capacities that are needed for this, through a combination of presentations, best practice showcases and interactive exercises. This will result in actionable knowledge and the establishment of new networks and partnerships between policy and citizen science actors.

Register or assist us!

Registrations will open in the start of 2021.

Can you assist us in shaping the masterclass? Each masterclass will be tailored to the specific policy context (e.g. on pollution or on citizen science in general), through developing the masterclass together with local actors (policymakers, citizen science initiatives, scientists and experts). If you are a policymaker or engaged in citizen science in one of the six countries and would like to share interesting examples, connect us to (other) policymakers or would like to connect to policy, please reach out to us.

 

Policy masterclasses to support mainstreaming of Citizen Science

In 2021, the ACTION project will hold six masterclasses for policymakers and public servants on how they can better support citizen science initiatives. We will explore how they can incorporate citizen science in making their countries and cities a more healthy, sustainable and attractive place to live. This can include the creation of trust in, financial funding for, and knowledge about citizen science. It can also be the promotion of partnerships and platforms between government decision-makers and citizen science associations and organisations.

The masterclasses will happen in Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and Norway and are targeted at local, regional and national policymakers and public servants. They will be organised together with local citizen science projects within each of the countries in question.

We will build upon insights from the ongoing impact assessments as well as insights from the toolkit development. The input and results from the masterclasses will lead to a policy brief on citizen science mainstreaming.

More information will follow as soon as the topics and dates of the masterclasses will be defined.

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