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Annelies, Oct. 2, 2023, 6 a.m.

FOCUS: Legal challenges for citizen science initiatives: Stories from the field

What are the legal hurdles faced by citizen science projects? This is a particularly challenging topic and there is an urgent need for clearer guidance. Three topics are presented here: Navigating rules on volunteering, Privacy proof citizen science, Intellectual property rights.

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Anna Berti Suman, Oct. 2, 2023, 6 a.m.

FOCUS: Citizen science and the law: potential applications

Civic environmental monitoring can offer valuable evidence for environmental law enforcement, both in judicial arenas and in alternative dispute resolution e.g., through mediation techniques.

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Anna Sanchez Vidal, July 25, 2023, 12:38 p.m.

FOCUS Sharing results with citizens

It is a fundamental aspect, which can sometimes turn into a challenge, to share the results with citizens, that is, with anyone who participates and contributes to a citizen science project. Many tools available today to develop, implement and evaluate citizen science initiatives address this aspect. At their core, the effective sharing of research results plays a pivotal role in cultivating societal trust in the scientific community. To achieve this, it is essential to guide and provide citizens with well-informed resources that enable them to understand and interpret the data.

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Simona Cerrato, July 25, 2023, 12:07 p.m.

Editorial: Our house is on fire

Europe is hit by a wave of extreme weather events, the evident signs of the climate changes.There are no simple solutions, however citizen science can be an effective approach, because no solution can do without the contribution of all, and it is precisely on this participatory principle that citizen science is based.

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ECS project, June 1, 2023, noon

Let’s navigate together through the sea of citizen science in Europe!

We launch the Citizen science lighthouse newsletter with the hope that it will become an important guide for those involved and interested in citizen science. A beacon that will serve us to orient ourselves in the vast ocean of citizen science, find the safest and uncharted routes, land in familiar ports and discover unexplored lands and islands. We also aspire to gather many companions to collaboratively build a globally connected, inclusive and strong citizen science community that drives societal change in Europe.

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ECS project, June 1, 2023, noon

Citizen science for social transformation: Measuring the impact of citizen science initiatives

While impact assessment remains a complex issue, a lot of experience and expertise has already been developed within the citizen science community of practice on how to approach and implement impact assessment in a holistic manner – taking into account the needs and expectations of citizen scientists, professional scientists, wider stakeholder communities, funding agencies, and policymakers...

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Simona Cerrato, March 15, 2023, 3 p.m.

Citizen science and machine learning: a promising partnership

The Joint ICTP-IAEA Advanced School/Workshop on Machine Learning in Citizen Science was dedicated to explore the convergence of data-driven Citizen Science projects and machine learning techniques can help tackle scientific and societal challenges. Learn more about the event and the merge between citizen science and machine learning in this post.

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Andrea Troncoso, Jan. 10, 2023, 1 p.m.

Kick 2023 off the right way! A fantastic opportunity for Citizen Science projects who go that extra step!

The IMPETUS EU-project is offering grants, prizes and a set of supporting tools to new and continuing citizen science projects.

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Simona Cerrato, Jan. 9, 2023, 11 a.m.

What teens have to say about their health

The newly released video wraps up two years of work and co-creation with groups of teenagers in four European countries for the project SEEDS, dedicated to healthy lifestyles.

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Simona Cerrato, Dec. 27, 2022, 7 a.m.

European Citizen Science: the communication and dissemination plan in a nutshell

The European Citizen Science project has the overall objective to widen and strengthen the citizen science community in Europe. We have decided to elaborate a strategic communication and dissemination plan that will guide the European Citizen Science project for the next 4 years and beyond. Here we share its essence.

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Andrea Troncoso, Dec. 20, 2022, 12:10 p.m.

Save the date! 2023 starts with an Open Call for citizen science initiatives!

A call for new and ongoing citizen science initiatives, plus the European Union Prize for Citizen Science launch, is on the agenda for January 2023!

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Baiba Pruse, April 20, 2022, 3 p.m.

Reflections from the first ever course on Citizen science and Local ecological knowledge at the University of Iceland

Citizen science, often neglected when discussing environmental governance, is a key in today’s world progressing towards sustainable transitions. The blog takes its readers on a fascinating journey about citizen science for a sustainable environment.

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