by Franziska Sattler and Claudia Göbel
Considering that every month around 500 million people use Twitter and that science is amongst the topics that are tweeted about most. – social media has become an essential channel for citizen science. #CitSciChat is a regular twitter Q&A session on citizen science topics pioneered by US researcher and citizen science advocate Caren Cooper in cooperation with SciStarter. These open online discussions, happening at fixed times, usually have a panel of invited speakers and follow a list of questions, and as the discussion is live and public on twitter, everybody with an account is invited to follow and contribute their knowledge, opinions and questions (read more on #CitSciChat and upcoming topics on Caren’s homepage).
Through the ECSA Working Group on CS & Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and our involvement in the DITOs project, we want to start discussing questions about the intersection of citizen science and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within the citizen science community. Read more in our introductory blog post here.
Our first RRI&CS #CitSciChat session took place on Wednesday, 27 July 2016. The 1-hour session was meant to introduce the general topic and gather insights and feedback from the European and global CS community. There were 526 unique users hashtags (citizenscience, citscichat or citsci, with 64 mentions of TogetherSci, putting DITOs on the map as a key player in the RRI discussion.
We had exciting discussions on topics, such as science-society-policy relationships, how to run both local and international stakeholder events and what ist he best way to provide a discussion forum for interested parties, along with ten questions. Most widely discussed were:
Find the highlights of the entire panel discussion summarized according to the questions in our Storify here:
We warmly thank the following people for joining the #CitSciChat and hope to have you on board for the next Twitter panel:
Aleksandra Berditchevskaia, Knowledge Transfer Manager at Tekiu
Alice Sheppard, ExCiteS comunity manager at the UCL
Fermin Serrano, Executive Director at Fundación Ibercivis
Jessie Cappadonna, Management Committee Member at the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA)
Jorge Barrero, General Manager at Fundación COTEC
Margaret Gold, Director of the The Mobile Collective, Member of Board of Directors at European Citizen Science Association
Norbert Steinhaus, Project coordinator at Bonn Science Shop, partner of RRI-Tools, Living Knowledge Network
And as host
Caren B. Cooper, Assistant Head of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, founder and moderator of #CitSciChat
This event was realized in cooperation with the the H2020 project Doing-it-Together-Sciences (DITOs) and the Observatory of Citizen Science in Spain. More info at: http://togetherscience.eu/ and http://www.ciencia-ciudadana.es
The DITOs project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 709443.