The purpose of this working group is to advocate and support the embedding of citizen science activities at the university level, both for research and education purposes.
We hope to support universities in carrying out citizen science research projects by:
– strengthening infrastructure
– expanding the role of libraries
– sharing practices, templates, policies and training programmes
– building (or aiding) consortia for research applications.
We also hope to support education by including citizen science in curricula. Building on several excellent cases in the larger citizen science community, our aim is to advocate for and share best practices, not only at the university level (bachelor, master and PhD) but also with regards to including secondary schools and high schools in citizen science programmes.
The working groups plan to collaborate with a number of other ECSA working groups, for example those working policy, governance, partnerships, open science, empowerment and data, as well as the working group on learning and education.