Citizen science is defined as work undertaken by civic educators and scientists together with citizen communities to advance science, foster a broad scientific mentality, or encourage democratic engagement, which allows people in society to join the debate about complex modern problems.
Citizen science is emerging as an important mechanism for informing policy. However, neither policymakers nor scientists currently have enough empirical evidence on how citizen science contributes to scientific discoveries and benefits society overall.
Innovative approaches and a more diverse array of citizen-science evaluation-tools are needed to plan and implement projects in ways that lead to more powerful scientific outcomes and subsequent impacts.
To explore these approaches and develop these tools (frameworks, guidelines, recommendations and applications), the MICS project focused on an interdisciplinary priority area of scientific enquiry where citizen science can be at the forefront, known as nature-based solutions (NBSs). The project has developed new solutions for evaluating the impacts of citizen science.
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The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) has a diverse network of members, both organizations and individuals, from Europe and beyond. They represent research institutes, museums, students and universities, NGOs and CSOs, the private sector and citizen science groups, among others. They come from a range of different fields, including biology, environmental science, citizens’ groups, do-it-yourself approaches and social sciences, among many others.
ECSA is always open to new members, from any country and subject area. All you need is an interest in citizen science! If you're interested in becoming a part of the European citizen science community you can find more details on joining below:
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824711.
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