Citizen science can lower costs and increase excellence in research. Project SOCIENTIZE serves as European consultant to the reflexion on volunteering science, through Fermín Serrano, member of BIFI
The University of Zaragoza is one of the centres leading the research in Citizen Science in Europe, through Biocomputation and Complex Systems Institute (BIFI) and the Ibercivis Foundation. In the last years, the institution has increased its presence in forums and process of public participation in Science, contributing to disseminate the strength of groups of volunteers in our society.
During next week, Fermín Serrano, executive director of the Ibercivis Foundation and member of BIFI, will participate on the “2nd FET2020 Conference – FET and the city” in Pisa with a talk on the appearance of social brains. A few days later, he will attend the “3rd Citizen Cyberscience Summit” in London, where he will conduct a workshop on policy recommendations on how to support Citizen Science in Europe. He will also attend the “EuroScience Open Forum Science – Building bridges”, in Copenhagen where several scientific and technological projects and experiments will be presented on the streets, making possible for citizens to become researchers by their contributions to Science in real time.
The planned agenda involves the participation in several Europeans forums on Citizen Science, allowing the involvement of the participants through a single click. In the same way, and within the planned agenda, it is intended to set the basis for scientific volunteering in Argentina with the participation in the Ibero-American Congress on Science, Technology, Innovation and Education.
On path of using Citizen Science as a tool, with its strengths and weakens on the employment of scientific amateurs as nodes, we propose that this way of making Science to come in Horizon 2020 actions.
The University of Zaragoza is responsible to promote several science dissemination activities to amateurs. With these activities multiple projects are getting promoted from the simulation of diseases propagation, using the community of volunteers as sensors, to methods to involve citizens in research of Excellence.
Recent articles by Fermín Serrano detail that it is important that citizens move from learning to acting, and which are the benefits of Citizen Science.
Engaging citizens in science for research excellence and Citizen science can lower costs and increase excellence in research are some examples. Next week, a new article will cover the importance of citizen participation in the developments of new products and services as well as on the role of Citizen Science in Horizon 2020.