Workshop WG2: Citizen Science For Climate

Workshop WG2: Citizen Science For Climate

Type: Working Group Meeting
Location: Leysin American School, Switzerland
Date: 11th - 13th March, 2020
Duration: 3 days
Status: registration
Contact: John Harlin, Prof. Laure Kloetzer
Deadline for applications: open until February 10th, 2020


Workshop to develop a website for using citizen science in climate education

When and where:

11-13 March 2020 at the Leysin American School in Switzerland
Participants will be chosen by 15th February 2020 - call is open until 10th February.


  • John Harlin, Alpine Institute, Leysin American School Switzerland
  • Prof. Laure Kloetzer, Institute of Psychology and Education, Neuchâtel, Switzerland



The COST Action and ECSA working groups on citizen science in learning and education will host a workshop to develop a website devoted to supporting teachers interested in citizen science and climate in and out of the classroom. The website will serve as a resource to discover existing climate-related, locally-appropriate citizen science projects; to find and share curriculum-supported lesson plans; and to help students take action should they wish to. It will be friendly to multiple languages and national education systems, though initially dominated by English.

Workshop participants are expected to develop the concept and contents as much as possible before the meeting in Leysin. This will be done mostly electronically and also with occasional conference calls. We expect to resolve most of the remaining issues during the workshop and to have a functional website completed by the end of April in time to present at ECSA’s biannual conference. 



The workshop will be small—approximately 10-12 people. We are biased toward teachers and researchers with considerable familiarity with both citizen science and climate education in the classroom. We also wish to encourage participation from diverse European countries.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) will fund travel, lodging, and board for most participants. Please apply on the website. Participants will be chosen by 15 February 2020.


Applying for the workshop

If interested: please, send one page motivation letter to Laure Kloetzer (laure [dot] kloetzer [at] unine [dot] ch) and John Harlin (jharlin [at] las [dot] ch)

By February, 10th 2020, include the focused on a short description of yourself (see additional priority criteria to address) and your motivation to participate.

As only a limited number of participants will be subject to COST full funding, two sets of criteria for participants’ selection are presented below.


General criteria for selection

  • Experience with Citizen Science and informal/formal education
  • Interest for Climate Change, experience with education on Climate Change

Additional priority criteria

  • Geographical spread
  • Career stage (particularly involving early career investigators)
  • Gender balance
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 09:00 to Friday, March 13, 2020 - 17:00
Chemin de la Source 3
1854 Leysin