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Simona Cerrato, Jan. 23, 2024, 1:15 p.m.

Dietro le quinte del primo Convegno nazionale di Citizen Science Italia

Dal 24 al 26 novembre si è tenuto a Pisa il primo Convegno nazionale della neonata associazione Citizen Science Italia. È stato un evento importante nella suggestiva cornice degli Arsenali repubblicani, a Pisa che testimoniano la lunga storia marinara della città e la sua apertura verso nuovi orizzonti. Ne parliamo con Andrea Sforzi, Gaia Agnello e Chiara Vitillo, che hanno organizzato l’evento e sono lo spirito dell’associazione. Ci ha accompagnato Tigre, la gatta di Gaia, che non perde nemmeno una videochiamata quando si tratta di citizen science.

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Meritxell, Dec. 5, 2023, 9:06 a.m.

European Radon Day marked with citizen science event

Radon is a radioactive gas that is odourless, colourless and tasteless and poses a serious risk of lung cancer, a risk enhanced by exposure to air pollution and smoking. Citizen science can contribute to investigate the scientific, technical and societal risks from radon exposure situations, and support good management of these materials and effective radiation protection.

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Meritxell, Dec. 1, 2023, 10:06 a.m.

Citizen engagement, motivation and recruitment

Citizen scientists are undoubtedly the vital essence of any citizen science project. Therefore, keeping an eye on what interests and motivates the citizens, and what they expect from their involvement in the project, is crucial to ensure not only the success but also the sustained longevity of citizen science initiatives. Yet, maintaining consistent engagement and ensuring citizens remain highly motivated throughout can pose a challenge for many citizen science initiatives.

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Claudia, Dec. 1, 2023, 9:18 a.m.

A wrap-up of 2023 in the ECS project

Whether you joined our citizen science journey from the beginning or came aboard the Citizen science lighthouse later on, we hope that you are enjoying the reads so far. As we bid farewell to the fourth and last issue of this year’s magazine, we are thrilled to share a wrap-up of some of the ECS project’s 2023 activities that might be of interest to you.

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Stefania, Nov. 27, 2023, 8:28 a.m.

Citizen science in conflict zones for community empowerment

Conflicts pose a threat to the natural heritage and biodiversity of affected territories. Practising citizen science amid disruptive socio-environmental conditions is challenging but worth doing with and for communities’ post-war recovery.

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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

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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ECS project, June 1, 2023, noon

Welcome to the Citizen Science Lighthouse

Welcome to the first issue of the Citizen Science Lighthouse, the newsletter of the ECS Collaboration Group. Whether you are curious to find out more about citizen science or are already involved in it as a citizen scientist or citizen science professional, you are in the right place.

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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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