ACTION Policy Masterclasses

Policy masterclasses citizen science in sustainability transitions: why and how?

In the course of 2021, ACTION is organising six masterclasses in five countries (Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain & the UK), each one aimed at the interaction of citizen science with policy. Are you curious about how citizen science can support sustainability transitions? Do you know the benefits and challenges of citizen science for policy processes? Would you like to explore strategies with other policy workers to better utilize the benefits of citizen science? Register your interest in one of the masterclasses via this link.

Policy makers and scientists are paying more and more attention to citizen science: the participation of ‘ordinary citizens’ in scientific research. The public can make an important contribution to sustainability issues such as pollution, biodiversity conservation, or health issues. Benefits of citizen science for policy include timely and cost-effective data collection, citizen interest & empowerment, and greater public involvement in sustainability issues. But how do you include this in policy?

These three hours are especially intended for policy workers: anyone who works on policy, whether at a governmental organization, NGO, knowledge institute or company. Prior knowledge of citizen science is not required: the masterclass is interesting for those who have been working with citizen science for some time and for policy professionals who are new to it.

Take-aways from the masterclass:

  • Knowledge about what citizen science, its benefits and challenges for policy workers;
  • Examples of how others use citizen science in their policy processes;
  • Own strategies how citizen science can help to deal with challenges in your work;
  • A relevant (new) network that deals with similar issues.

Who is the masterclass for?

Sign up: This masterclass is for a selected group of policy workers, and we will have several wildcards available. Are you interested in attending? Great! Please register your interest in one of the masterclasses here, then we will come back to you with more information on the date, whether you have been invited and the program of the masterclass.

Practical: At least until summer 2021, the masterclasses will be online and will last 3 hours.

Dates: The masterclass in the Netherlands took place on 13th of April 2021, followed by Norway on May 20th 2021 and the United Kingdom on June 24th 2021. Spain (28th September 2021) and Italy (beginning of November 2021) will follow after the summer break. The pan-European masterclass on overarching policy recommendations in November 2021 will close the ACTION masterclasses.

Format: We will stimulate the interaction by alternating between presentations, pitches, break-out sessions and discussion, building on both your and our knowledge.


If you have any questions, please contact Igno Notermans.


Impression from the masterclass in the Netherlands on 13 April 2021

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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