Name of the organization/project in the original language:
Barcelona Natural Science Museum
Name of the organization/project in English:
Barcelona Natural Science Museum
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Our 10 guiding principles and precepts are:
We pursue maximum quality and rigour in everything we do. We strive to attain the highest professional standards.
We value honesty and ethical conduct in our activities and professional relations.
3. Responsibility and transparency
We are responsible in the performance of our work and are accountable for our actions and decisions.
Our decision-making and daily operations are guided by environmental, social and economic sustainability criteria.
We address issues that concern and affect society, especially in relation to the environmental and biodiversity crisis.
We use our resources and skills to exert a positive influence and generate positive action in defence of both nature conservation and social inclusion and harmony.
7. Critical thinking
We value critical thinking and encourage debate and reflection because they help us progress. We transmit these ideas to the public.
We believe in teamwork as a tool for improving efficacy and quality, and for bringing collaboration into our work.
9. Continuous learning
We believe in on-going training as a way to improve, innovate, adapt to change and increase efficiency and efficacy.
We value our heritage, tradition and scientific background –all key elements of our identity, and essential in our mission.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?:
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Name of Citizen Science Project:
Brief description of project:
A BioBlitz is a collaborative race to discover as many species of plants and animals as possible, within a set location, over a defined time period - usually 24 hours. A BioBlitz usually combines the collection of biodiversity records, as a form of contributory citizen science, with public engagement. Naturalists, scientists and volunteers work together with members of the public and school groups to create a snapshot of biodiversity. This provides an opportunity for participants to learn together and share their expertise and enthusiasm for nature whilst collecting valuable information about the biodiversity.
In 2010, the Universitat de Barcelona and the Barcelona City Council ran the first event in Barcelona. Since then the project has grown and strengthened and now is currently led by the Natural Science Museum of Barcelona, with an important participation of other areas of the City Council, the Association of Friends of the Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona and different naturalist associations. Barcelona organizes one BioBlitz event annually and the main objective is to increase the knowledge about local biodiversity. Since 2018 more than 5.000 citizens had participate with more than 1.500 species identified.
Outdoor events like BioBlitz can help to break down barriers to engagement with the natural world by providing a structured activity that invites exploration and discovery in a collaborative atmosphere between members of the public, school groups and specialist naturalists. Natural History Museums should be more than custodians of their natural collections by actively promoting people’s engagement in biodiversity values and taking part of positive actions.
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