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Citizen science (CS) is the participation of ‘ordinary citizens’ in scientific research. ACTION is a three year programme funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework, led by King’s College London, and dedicated to transforming the way we do citizen science today: from a mostly scientist-led process to a more participatory, inclusive, citizen-led one, which acknowledges the diversity of the CS landscape and of the challenges CS teams have to meet as their project evolves.
Policy makers and scientists are paying more and more attention to citizen science. 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?
Over the past months, ACTION has hosted policy masterclasses in five countries, discussing these questions with CS projects, experts, and policy makers. ACTION now invites to their last, pan-European and overarching policy masterclass on Thursday November 25 (14:00-16:00 UCT)!
We invite 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 EU-citizen.science project. In the second part of the masterclass, you will connect to other relevant actors and co-shape policy recommendations.
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