Working Group "Citizen Science at/with schools"

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The working group (WG) would like to bundle experiences gained in Citizen Science projects with schools and develop recommendations for a successful and long-term cooperation. The working group is part of Österreich forscht and is led by the Center for Citizen Science.

Background

Particularly in the last ten years, numerous competencies and knowledge about the cooperation between science and schools have been gained in Austria, not least through the Sparkling Science research funding program of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) or the Citizen Science Award, a research competition that has been organized by the Center for Citizen Science on behalf of the BMBWF since 2015. Every spring, schools are invited to participate in various research projects.

The working group

The founding meeting of the WG took place in the context of the 5th Austrian Citizen Science Conference (June 26-28, 2019). The members consist of researchers from various research institutions in Austria and teachers from different types of schools.

Development of a Citizen Science brochure

Currently the WG is working on a brochure with recommendations for Citizen Science projects in schools. Important topics that will be addressed are Citizen Science in Austria, benefits, project planning and implementation, law and ethics, framework conditions and long term cooperation. The target group of the brochure are teachers and researchers.

Students are asked to help with the graphic design. For this purpose, the Citizen Science creative competition is running until February 28, 2021, in which children and teenagers can submit avatars, icons and illustrations.

More details about the development of the broschure and further details about the creative competition can be found in this blog article.

Contact

If you are interested in participating in the WG, please contact marika.cieslinski@oead.at.