First name: 
Ayelet
Surname: 
Shavit
Please select your type of occupation: 
Researcher
Organizational affiliation: 
Tel Hai College
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?: 
Since 2011 I am giving free outreach courses in underprivileged areas about environmental and social injustice (Town Square Academia), and participate in a pro-active group that monitors biodiversity in these areas.
Name of Citizen Science Project: 
Town Square Academia
Project URL: 
https://www.facebook.com/akademyabakikar/
Organization running the project: 
Tel Hai College
Brief description of project: 
Academic research from the early days of Socrates perceived its role not only as an intellectual endeavour but also as a transformative way of life. The objective of “Town Square Academia” is to galvanize an interdisciplinary and activist academic centre that builds a local dialog and resists social and environmental injustice along the Jordan River. In practice, we conduct free outreach courses lead by volunteering experts – senior lecturers with lay people – aimed to transfer existing scientific knowledge as well as document local tacit knowledge in a peripheral area. Over 10 courses per year, with hundreds of learners from all ethnicities, socio-economic status, gender and ages, study together at local humus joints, schools, factories and small cafés and attempt to build together a long term pro-active platform. To conclude, engage science to re-discover its democratic and cooperative roots and local stakeholders to reclaim their local knowledge, identity and life.
Project social media contacts: 
Facebook page