Workshop WG 2: Building a community network for educators, teachers, Citizen Science practitioners and researchers on synergies between Citizen Science and Education

Estimated period:  01-02 April 2019 (2 days)
Location: Brussel, Belgium
Estimated number of participants: 15
Applications will be assessed and up to 15 participants will be invited. We expect to be able to fund about 10 participants.
Submission: Applications are due 15th March 2019.
Notification about acceptance: by 18th March 2019.

Organisers: Dr. Julia Lorke, Dr. Elizabeth Rushton
MoU: register at our page and read the MoU:


In order to effectively and sustainably connect the diverse stakeholders in the field of Citizen Science and Education and enable the community to actively work together and learn from each other, we need to develop:
a) a platform that enables us to easily share existing resources and to collaborate openly on creating new ones, and
b) a communication strategy that is tailored to the stakeholders’ needs.
With the Citizen Science COST Action, ECSA and the new EU-Citizen.Science project, we now have at least three international players in Europe and, in addition, many countries have national Citizen Science hubs; connecting Citizen Science with the education sector is a main goal for most of them. With a growing number of key players, the risks of duplications, competition and fragmentation increases. To avoid this, we would like to use this workshop to explore the needs of the community, draft community participation guidelines, scope available platforms, applications and software and develop a communication strategy that would pool efforts and resources from different organisations. This would be a first step to providing one joint knowledge & collaboration platform, regular modes of communication within this specific group of the Citizen Science community and an approach to reach out to potential new members and relevant stakeholders.    


Draft concept for a platform, community participation guidelines and a communication strategy

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to:

  • Fill out the application form 
  • Prepare and upload a 250-word motivation letter, expressing their interest in the workshop.
  • Prepare and upload a short CV - max 2 pages. In the same document containing the CV, if applicable, describe also their role/contribution in/to the COST Action 15212 (e.g., Working Group Member, contributor to a publication, etc.).
    Please upload your CV and motivation letter in the application form!

The organizing committee will assess the eligible contributions following these criteria:

  • Expertise relevant to this workshop (max. 5 score points).
  • Interest of the submitted contribution to the WG and Action goals (max. 5 score points)

For further information regarding applications, please consult:

  • erushton [at] researchinschools [dot] org (subject: Workshop%20WG2%3A%20Building%20a%20community%20network%20for%20educators%2C%20teachers%2C%20Citizen%20Science%20practitioners%20and%20researchers%20on%20synergies%20between%20Citizen%20, body: Dear%20Elizabeth%2C%0A%0A) (Dr. Elizabeth Rushton ) Institute for Research in Schools Evaluation, London
  • Dr. Julia Lorke The Natural History Museum, London


Monday, April 1, 2019 - 10:30 to Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 16:30
Museum of Natural Sciences
Rue Vautier 29
1000 Brussels