Conference 2024 of the European Citizen Science Association

In his presentation, Luke Gooding explores the potential of citizen science in aiding an energy transition. He presents a study that reviews current citizen science projects related to energy transitions and analyzes their objectives, methods, results, and obstacles. Successful case studies are highlighted to demonstrate the various ways citizen science has been used to tackle energy challenges. Additionally, the research aims to bridge the gap between citizen science and energy transition research by exploring the reasons for their limited integration, such as disciplinary boundaries, institutional frameworks, funding mechanisms, and policy frameworks.

Luke collaborated with Sarah West and Rachel Pateman on this project. Rachel recently spoke at an ECSA webinar about her role in the project, and the recording is available for viewing online.

Smriti Safaya’s presentation focuses on the impact of environmental citizen science activities on youth attitudes towards nature. She found that engaging in citizen science projects can lead to positive changes in how students perceive and interact with the natural environment. Co-creating projects had a more significant impact than one-time participatory activities but still increased student knowledge and environmental behaviors. As a result of enriching citizen science experiences, teachers revamped their science program to include a long-term coastal ecology citizen science project at an international school while students and teachers started a movement promoting sustainable consumer behavior in society. Furthermore, biodiversity and pollution citizen science activities influenced which psychological factors most affected student pro-environmental behaviors. The presentation offers practical insights for project designers, environmental scientists, and educators seeking to create impactful citizen science opportunities in educational settings.

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