ACTION Policy Masterclasses

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

In the course of 2021, ACTION organizes six masterclasses in five countries (Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the UK, Italy and one overarching), each one aimed at the interaction of citizen science with policy. Are you curious to hear the insights of these masterclasses on what can be done to align citizen science and policy? Would you like to explore and shape recommendations for policy? Join our last policy masterclass for mainstreaming citizen science in Europe on Thursday November 25 (14:00-16:00 UCT), register 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?

Our overarching policy masterclass invites all policy workers (anyone who works on policy, whether at a governmental organization, NGO, knowledge institute, company, or citizen science project) or people that would like to work on policy to join our interactive discussion on mainstreaming citizen science in policy. We will share knowledge on the interaction of citizen science and policy as developed in the ACTION project and insights from the project. In the second part of the masterclass, you will connect to other relevant actors and co-shape policy recommendations.

Take-aways from the masterclass:

  • Insights on the interaction of policy and citizen science developed by both the ACTION and projects;
  • Policy recommendations to align citizen science with policy;
  • A relevant (new) network that deals with similar issues.

Sign up: The policy masterclass for mainstreaming citizen science in Europe masterclass is and open for all: Please register here to attend the masterclass.

Dates: The masterclass in the Netherlands took place on 13th of April 2021, followed by Norway on May 20th 2021, the United Kingdom on June 24th 2021 and Spain on 28th September 2021 and Italy on 12 November 2021.


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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