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Citizen Science on Lockdown

Citizen Science on Lockdown

As millions across the globe are having to self-isolate to prevent the spread of coronavirus, astronomical observation activities are reduced to those we can carry out from our home with instrumentation we happen to have with us. The lockdown is an exceptional...

The importance of green space in cities

The importance of green space in cities

By Roy van Grunsven - Dutch Butterfly Conservation In parts of Europe where there is no complete lockdown, people are allowed to go outside in small numbers while keeping a distance. In several cases this has led to large numbers of people going to parks and green...

Earth Day, Action against Climate Change

Earth Day, Action against Climate Change

Today is Earth Day, and across the world citizen science projects are coming together to push for a healthier planet. Including our ACTION Accelerator project In My Backyard, with a drive to find out about sustainable food-growing practices online.

Engaging Youth in Citizen Science

Engaging Youth in Citizen Science

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...

Taking citizen science meetings online

Taking citizen science meetings online

By Annelli Janssen - DRIFT How do you meet your citizens during the COVID19 crisis? Physical distancing does not (need to) mean social distancing – but how do you manage your online connections in an effective and meaningful way? In this illustrated summary, Flor...

What do you understand by #OpenScience?

What do you understand by #OpenScience?

Last February, from 17th to 19th, ACTION celebrated its Accelerator Kick-off Meeting in Berlin. Members of the project had a meeting to give a boost to the development of the actions in which they are involved. Among the participants, Oscar Corcho, as part of UPM,...

Citizen Science Month in the USA. An example to Europe?

Citizen Science Month in the USA. An example to Europe?

By Virginia de Pablo and Esteban González - The Ontology Engineering Group (OEG) The Citizen Science Month, held for a couple of years, has gone from a couple of events developed in the National Library of Medicine at Arizona State University and the Citizen Science...

Corona and nature monitoring

Corona and nature monitoring

By Roy van Grunsven - Dutch Butterfly Conservation Monitoring how species are doing in nature is largely dependent on citizen scientists going out and counting birds, plants, butterflies, dragonflies or other organisms. In many countries this is currently not...

Foldit helps developing drugs to combat Coronavirus

Foldit helps developing drugs to combat Coronavirus

To speed up the development of drugs to combat coronavirus, researchers at the University of Washington are calling citizen scientists to play a free online game called Foldit. Citizen scientist can help designing and identifying proteins that may be able to bind to...

#scienzasulbalcone – A flashmob to measure darkness of the sky

#scienzasulbalcone – A flashmob to measure darkness of the sky

On the 23 of March 2020, the Italian National Research Council (CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) launched a Citizen Science initiative on light pollution for mapping light intensity in Italy. By exploiting the forced lockdown caused by COVID-19, the CNR...

ACTION Short Workshop Report

ACTION Short Workshop Report

How do you make Citizen Science more inclusive and rigorous? What common challenges do Citizen Science projects share? We work with on-the-ground citizen science projects that address pollution as part of the H2020 funded ACTION project. Last week, eleven ACTION...

Another round of air quality projects in Norway started

Another round of air quality projects in Norway started

About 100 students from eight high schools in the greater Oslo area are currently working on air quality projects in the framework of ACTION. NILU-Norwegian Institute for Air Research has facilitated the project and provides assistance for all activities - for both,...

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.

Six new Citizen Science projects joining ACTION: welcome on board!

Six new Citizen Science projects joining ACTION: welcome on board!

Today, the six projects selected by the first ACTION open call kick-off their activities in a dedicated 3 days event hosted by the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin. In the next months they will be working with the ACTION team by...

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 individuals can...

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 2025,...

European traffic monitored through citizen scientists

European traffic monitored through citizen scientists

Traffic counts are essential as a basis for solutions to take action against air pollution. Unfortunately counting is currently expensive, limited in time, and rarely records all forms of transport (cars, heavy vehicles, public transport, cyclists and pedestrians)....

How political does citizen science need to be?

How political does citizen science need to be?

Research on initiatives in Fukushima raise globally relevant questions for citizen science practice Citizen science projects about pollution often emerge in areas of contention between citizens and institutional or governmental actors: take vehicle emissions and urban...

Using citizen science to transform our science system?

Using citizen science to transform our science system?

In the concluding chapter of the book “Citizen science”, Bonn and colleagues argue that citizen science can lead to advances in science, policy, and society. ACTION partners T6 Ecosystems and DRIFT are building on these insights to investigate the ways in which...

Citizen scientists to tackle ocean plastic pollution

Citizen scientists to tackle ocean plastic pollution

A crew of citizen scientists will embark in October on a round-the-world voyage to address ocean plastic pollution. The voyage sets sail on October 8th. The team behind the EXXpedition voyage are partnering with researchers at The University of Plymouth to develop...

Citizen data meets urban planning to win prestigious prize

Citizen data meets urban planning to win prestigious prize

This weekend at digital art festival Ars Electronica, participatory urban planning project 300.000 Km/s won the STARTS Prize for Innovative Collaboration. The project, which combined research with citizen co-creation to generate a new urban plan for the Ciutat Vella...

Microplastics found in the Arctic snow fly there

Microplastics found in the Arctic snow fly there

By Kat Austen - IGB A study from the Alfred-Wegener-Institute reports that microplastic particles have been found in snow from the Alps to the Arctic. Of those particles found in Arctic snow varnish, rubber, polyethylene, and polyamide are most common. Most of the...

Air Pollution project spans India – Pakistan border

Air Pollution project spans India – Pakistan border

By Kat Austen - IGB  Researchers from UrbanSciences in Mumbai and Pakistan Air Quality (PakAirQuality https://twitter.com/pakairquality ) Initiative in Islamabad are collaborating to provide open data in Pakistan for citizens to get updates on air pollution across...

Invasion of painted ladies in North-Western Europe

Invasion of painted ladies in North-Western Europe

The last few days the number of Painted ladies, large orange and black butterflies have increased enormously in North-Western Europe. These butterflies come from Africa and the Mediterranean to the northern parts of Europe almost every year but the numbers vary a lot....

Garden butterfly count

Garden butterfly count

From 6 till 28th of July 2019 people in the Netherlands were asked to record the number of butterflies in their garden for 15 minutes. In total 73.445 butterflies were recorded in 2956 gardens. This gives insight in an important habitat that is not easily accessible...

Citizen science can change the world

Citizen science can change the world

How can citizen science projects influence the world we live in? A substantial number of citizen science projects start from the wish to change something. The Tatort street light project, for example, measures insect occurrence and behaviour because they want to...

Impact assessment: a multidimensional approach

Impact assessment: a multidimensional approach

How do we measure the impact of citizen science projects? Citizen science projects are different from more traditional scientific pursuits and from “standard” projects with specific targets. A citizen science project can be hugely successful even if it produces no...

The Lean Survey Canvas

The Lean Survey Canvas

Gloria Re Calegari - Cefriel - 23/7/2019The Lean Survey Canvas - A methodology to design powerful surveys Surveys are the main method employed in collecting data from users and many citizen science projects face the not-so-easy task of designing a good questionnaire....

The UPM hosts a meeting on the how and why of citizen science

The UPM hosts a meeting on the how and why of citizen science

By Virginia de Pablo and Esteban González - UPM The meeting, held by Dr. Wendy Jacobs with the support of Esteban González, will serve to understand what is and how citizen science works in its broadest sense, basing the lines of action and the program of the course...

Forest and shrubby birds have declined in the last year

Forest and shrubby birds have declined in the last year

Virginia de Pablo - UPM 04/07/2019 According to the data obtained with the work of volunteer scientists, forest and shrubby birds have declined in the last year Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who share their data and collaborate with the Citizen Science Area we...

Tellus 2019

Tellus 2019

By Nuria Castell - NILU The Environmental and climate conference Tellus 2019 (Miljø- og klimakonferansen), organized by the Oslo main library, will take place from 12 to 14 June. The conference invites several hundred of upper secondary schools in Oslo to meet...

“Pushing boundaries” – ECSITE 2019 – Copenhagen

“Pushing boundaries” – ECSITE 2019 – Copenhagen

By Nuria Castell - NILU “Pushing boundaries” - was the title of the ECSITE 2019 conference that took place in Copenhagen last week. It gathered 1190 participants from 59 different countries, making it the largest ECSITE Conference ever. NILU presented the ACTION case...

Citizen science & transition

Citizen science & transition

Julia Wittmayer, Drift, 03-06-2019 What is the role of citizen science in sustainability transitions? While the field of sustainability transitions research starts to embrace transformative research approaches such as transdisciplinary research, Living Lab approaches...

Citizen Sensing

Citizen Sensing

Annelli Janssen, Drift Citizen Sensing – a toolbox is a great guide for setting up a citizen sensing project, based on the experiences of the Making Sense project. The toolkit is based on values of empowerment, co-creation, changemaking, and openness. It contains...

News from our citizen science projects

Citizen Science on Lockdown

Citizen Science on Lockdown

As millions across the globe are having to self-isolate to prevent the spread of coronavirus, astronomical observation activities are reduced to those we can carry out from our home with instrumentation we happen to have with us. The lockdown is an exceptional...

Earth Day, Action against Climate Change

Earth Day, Action against Climate Change

Today is Earth Day, and across the world citizen science projects are coming together to push for a healthier planet. Including our ACTION Accelerator project In My Backyard, with a drive to find out about sustainable food-growing practices online.

ACTION Short Workshop Report

ACTION Short Workshop Report

How do you make Citizen Science more inclusive and rigorous? What common challenges do Citizen Science projects share? We work with on-the-ground citizen science projects that address pollution as part of the H2020 funded ACTION project. Last week, eleven ACTION...

Another round of air quality projects in Norway started

Another round of air quality projects in Norway started

About 100 students from eight high schools in the greater Oslo area are currently working on air quality projects in the framework of ACTION. NILU-Norwegian Institute for Air Research has facilitated the project and provides assistance for all activities - for both,...

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.

The spectrum and color of sodium low pressure lamps

The spectrum and color of sodium low pressure lamps

By Jaime Zamorano - UCM We are using two different approaches to characterize street lights. The first one is by observing the spectrum of the lamp with a grating on top of the smartphone camera: #StreetSpectra project. The other ACTION pilot project analyses the...

Good news for banded demoiselle!

Good news for banded demoiselle!

Roy van Grunsven - Dutch Butterfly Conservation - 23/05/2019 The banded demoiselle is emerging in large parts of Europe this time of the year. This beautiful damselfly has increased in distribution thanks to the improved water quality in running waters. This is to a...

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