In the last few decades, science underwent a deep change in how it is perceived, carried out, communicated and shared. The rise of new concepts such as open science, participative research and citizen science is shaping a new way to look at research, in many fields. Environmental Citizen Science, in particular, seems to benefit from this transformation, based on the engagement of common people in the research process. Networks are emerging at the local, national and international levels, many forms of “CS-based” research are reported and new challenges on interoperability, e-services and platforms are arising. The Italian conference on citizen science aims to explore the state of the art in this relatively new promising field, as well as future paths, in a genuine international context.

The Conference has been organized by the Italian National Academy of Sciences known as Academy of the XL, in partnership with Italian and European Institutions, with the support of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in the framework of the LifeWatch-ITA program.

Announcement for ECOPOTENTIAL Citizen Science Workshop

ECOPOTENTIAL Workshop on Citizen Science in Protected Areas will be held in Roma (Italy) on the 21th November 2017. The workshop is supported by EUROPARC Federation, the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The workshop aims at exploring how citizen science can enhance environmental monitoring in protected areas and builds the foundation for an practical guide on why and how to establish citizen science projects in protected areas in Europe and what to consider at all stages of running citizen science in protected areas. The workshop provides opportunities to establish networks between protected area managers, environmental NGO’s representatives and researchers throughout European protected areas. The program is available here. (Ecopotential Citizen Science Workshop Programme). More detail here 

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