On Wednesday, September 2, the REINFORCE consortium held its General Assembly, gathering researchers and professionals from seven countries to showcase the progress that has been made over the last few months within the project. The meeting took place online and also saw the participation of a number of PhD researchers who have recently been involved in the project. After the opening remarks made by the Project Coordinator, Stavros Katsanevas, every work package leader or member gave a presentation about the latest updates of the project.
REINFORCE has the ambition to include in the overall effort and scientific community sense-disabled people (especially visually-impaired), senior citizens, but also artists and larger percentages of women. All these groups will enrich the project by bringing external insights into the endeavour, hopefully raising conceptual and innovative ideas in science.
REINFORCE Citizens’ Survey helping to design targeted citizen science projects and engaging support activities
In order for scientists to design the most appropriate opportunities for citizens to contribute in science, a participatory design in citizen engagement is needed
The REINFORCE project has launched its new fully-developed website, offering a user-friendly browsing experience for the project’s target groups, including potential citizens scientists, the scientific and research community, policy makers, social innovators and entrepreneurs, and the broad public beyond the project community.
REINFORCE will be monitoring the impact of the project, identifying enablers and barriers for the development of new knowledge and innovations by citizen scientists.
REINFORCE aims to extend the senses used in the scientific inference, including sense-disabled people and senior citizens, by providing them with tools and training to overcome specific barriers.
Jacques Marteau teaches us how a technology developed to study fundamental physics can be applied to the development of frameworks that may have a significant impact on society.
Francesco Mureddu, Director of the Lisbon Council, claims that we need to get people closer to science, showing them that anyone who has a strong motivation can give a tangible contribution to it.
REINFORCE will be forging sturdy connections with successful frontier citizen science projects. To do so, it will be capitalizing on the experience of the Open University, among the others.
REINFORCE will rely on Zooniverse, known as the world’s largest platform for online citizen science, as the platform on top of which it will build its infrastructure and engage with its community.
Paschal Coyle explains how the Deep-Sea Hunter’s citizen science demonstrator will be exploiting the “eyes” and the “ears” of the KM3NeT detector.
Understanding volunteers’ motivations for participating in citizen science projects is essential in order to plan these projects and to reach a high level of citizen engagement.