Workshop WG 2: Systematic review on training requirements and recommendations

Workshop WG 2: Systematic review on training requirements and recommendations

Date: Monday and Tuesday, November 12-13th, 2018
Location: Riga, Latvia.
Registration Closes:  September 12th, 2018
Submission of extended abstract and motivation letters - Deadline:  September 12th, 2018
Notification of acceptance: October 8th, 2018

Submit your extended abstracts and motivation letters to: yaelago [at] technion [dot] ac [dot] il
In addition, all participants need to register at the COST website

The work of WG2 ‘Develop synergies with education’ focuses on the learning outcomes of Citizen Science projects. The objective of this Working Group is to increase awareness about the possibilities of Citizen Science in education, by collating the knowledge of current practices and underscoring the meaning of Citizen Science in formal and informal education.

Call for abstracts

The goal of this workshop is to initiate discussions about citizen science training for projects set out to achieve educational and scientific goals, by collecting and sharing expertise from researchers’, practitioners’, educators’ and participants’ perspectives. We seek to understand what the training requirements for project designers, facilitators and participants are and to use case studies to develop recommendations for designing and running future citizen science trainings, may that be on location or online. Expected outcomes include a collection of the presented case studies in a report/white paper that will be made available on the COST and ECSA websites or potentially a peer-reviewed paper.

We are pleased to invite you to submit an one-page motivation letter which includes a description of yourself and your potential contribution to the workshop. In addition, please include an extended abstract (max 1000 words) describing the related case study(ies) of citizen science trainings that you have been involved in. We seek best practice examples as well as lessons learnt from training programmes that would need improvement, both preferably with data to support the practices and/or conclusions, e.g. participants learning outcomes. The extended abstracts will be shared with the selected workshop participants.

Our workshop concept aims to ensure that we use the face-to-face time during the workshop as effective as possible. Therefore, we require participants to familiarise themselves ahead of the workshop with all the case studies chosen, based on the submitted extended abstracts of selected participants on a Google Drive Folder.   

General criteria for selection

  • Authors whose motivation letters and extended abstracts are accepted will be  compensated for their travel expenses (for further details, please see (, please note that the accommodation flatrate will be adjusted to cover common hotel rates in the host country).
  • Quality and relevance of the submitted motivational letters and abstracts
  • Geographical and thematic spread
  • Spectrum of perspectives, backgrounds and case studies
  • Career stage (particularly involving early career investigators)
  • Gender balance
  • COST inclusiveness target countries (ICT) - see:

Organizing committee

Yaela Golumbic, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology
Gunta Kalvāne, University of Latvia
Julia Lorke, Natural History Museum, London
Silvia Winter, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna


Riga, Latvia. The Academic Centre of University of Latvia, Jelgavas street 1. (room 702).

Workshop Report

Can be found here.

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 10:00 to Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 16:00
The Academic Centre of University of Latvia
Jelgavas street 1
Riga LV-1004