Integrating Citizen Science at Universities: From ‘What’ to ‘How’.

Integrating Citizen Science at Universities: From ‘What’ to ‘How’.

Should science focus on issues of public importance/respond to public concerns? What are the benefits of citizen involvement in scientific research? What are the pitfalls? These and many more questions are frequently raised by those engaging or wishing to engage in Citizen Science (CS).

This two-day workshop is designed to provide input into what CS is and how CS projects can be implemented in universities and research libraries. The workshop will focus on:

• The basics of CS and its benefits;
• Requirements to take into consideration when involving citizen scientists in research projects;
• Examples and benefits of integrating CS into educational programmes;
• Practical guidance on how to develop and implement CS projects;
• Examples of CS research projects.

The workshop will be of a highly participatory nature, with participants required to work in small groups during their own time.

The first session will take place on the 2nd of June from 10.00-11.30 (CEST), followed by a second session on the 4th of June from 14.00-15.30 (CEST).



Guest lecture on ‘Everything Citizen Science’:

  • Dirk van Gorp, Open Science Manager, Radboud University Library, member of LIBER Citizen Science Working group

Lightning talks: localising Citizen Science – University of Leuven

  • Maarten Loopmans, researcher, service learning, sociology course
  • Liesbet Vranken, researcher, bioscience engineering, bioeconomics
  • Thomas Neyens, researcher, biomedical sciences group
  • Nora Eisner, PhD (citizen science) student in astrophysics, Oxford, researcher at KU Leuven
  • Katrien Kolenberg, researcher, ‘AstroSounds – Listen to the Stars’
  • Ben Somers, researcher


Who Can Attend?

Students of all levels; staff and faculty of universities and libraries (including academic and administrative staff). Prior experience with CS is not mandatory.

Important to note: once registered, you are required to participate in both sessions (on the 2nd of June and on the 4th of June). The registration link below is for the first of the two workshops. Registration information for the second session will be sent to participants shortly after the first session.


This event is organised within the framework of the INOS project. This INOS project has been funded with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union under the contract No 2019-1-DK01-KA203-060268.


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