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Citizen Science in a Global Perspective

Simone Roedder  

Citizen Science has become an umbrella term for a variety of forms of public participation in scientific research. This participation ranges from data gathering to more collaborative and community-led forms. Distinct national traditions shape how and in what fields nonscientists get involved with scientific projects. While public participation is not new, the recent trend to label many activities as "Citizen Science" raises important questions: Who brings what to Citizen Science projects? What relationships develop between experts, communities and policymakers? Where is the line between empowerment and exploitation? Do Citizen Science practices challenge or support communication models such as the deficit model? This session aims to contribute to a more reflexive understanding of Citizen Science with global examples. We hope to advance a comparative understanding of the practice of Citizen Science. Session chair and moderator: Bruce Lewenstein, Cornell University, USA Geoff Haines-Stiles, a producer of Carl Sagan's original COSMOS Co-Creating Science and Co-Producing Solutions to Community, National and Global Challenges Haines-Stiles will share stories and video from his new THE CROWD & THE CLOUD project (premiering 2017), featuring case studies from North America, Kenya and China, where citizens capture data that empowers them to confront authorities. Yaela Golumbic and Ayelet Baram-Tsabari (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology) Science from the Bottom Up Golumbic and Baram-Tsabari will examine what citizens want to know and do about air quality in a local community. They will present data from an ongoing environmental monitoring project in Haifa, Israel. The analysis uses a user-centered approach for citizen science design and practice, involving participants form diverse backgrounds. Claudia Göbel, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany (presenter), Greg Newman, Colorado State University, USA, Jessie Cappadonna, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, Jian Zhang, Aarhus University, Denmark, Katrin Vohland, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany Citizen science associations and networks as agents of professionalization - from loose practitioner networks to knowledge hubs Simone Rödder, University of Hamburg, Germany Participation goes Political: Trends in Citizen Science in Germany Rödder will diagnose a recent politicization of the already political rhetoric of Citizen Science in Germany and discuss its implications for relations amongst project participants.

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