May, 2024 – I

May, 2024 – I

Welcome to our 15th edition! This time we introduce our Policy Briefs: “Science Clubs Promoting Citizen Science”, “Technological and Digital Adoption in Science and Barriers” and “Promotion to Online Participation”. Read more about each one of them below! 

Enhancing Understanding of Science Through Science Clubs

Agata Żbikowska and Magdalena Roszczyńska Kurasińska

Release date: 25th of April, 2024

In this policy brief, ISEED proposes tackling low trust in science and lacking science literacy, as both can pose risks to democratic governance and foster populism.

To address this issue, ISEED suggests creating educational hubs in the form of Science Clubs, which are currently active in Uruguay as non-formal learning spaces for school-age children.

These hubs aim to build a scientific culture by involving community members in scientific projects through various research methodologies such as questionnaires and experiments.

Participation in such activities could enhance science literacy, support democratic processes, and foster collaborative discussions among children, youth, and teachers also in Europe.

Click here to read the full brief!

Technology Availability and Digital Literacy

Magdalena Roszczyńska Kurasińska

Release date: 2nd of May, 2024

In this policy brief, ISEED discusses how citizen science, as a form of social innovation, hinges on the widespread adoption of specific technologies, which can facilitate data collection and management, like mobile phones.

To be effective, a significant number of individuals must embrace these technological solutions. The goal is to cultivate familiarity with the technologies needed and to avoid technology becoming a barrier to participation.

ISEED, thus, points out that citizen science projects must not only engage people with the project’s issues but also encourage folks to adopt new technologies. The success of projects using mobile data collection technologies heavily depends on users’ attitudes towards the technologies.

Click here to read the full brief!

Identifying Constraints to Online Participation

Giuseppe A. Veltri and George Gaskell

Release date: 9th of May, 2024

In this policy brief, ISEED examines preferred methods for engaging citizens in the discussion of scientific topics and the barriers that deter people from participating in these discussions. 

ISEED presents an analysis of the findings from an online survey that gathered data on citizen-science interactions, with a particular focus on topics of global warming and climate change.

The study compared responses to two sources— a politician and a scientist — and two types of messages: rational and emotional. It sought to understand respondents’ preferences for participation methods and the obstacles they face in engaging online in dialogues between citizens and science stakeholders. 

Click here to read the full brief!

Policy Brief Authors: Adriana Dimova, Agatha Żbikowska, Bogna Gawrońska-Nowak, Carolina Llorente, Chiara Lovati, Eleonora Montuschi, Gema Revuelta, George Gaskell, Giuseppe A. Veltri, Magdalena Roszczyńska-Kurasińska, Michael O’Grady, Niccolò Tempini, Olha Zadorozhna, Piotr Lis, Sophia Efstathiou
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