Supporting the development of citizen science at SLU
On behalf of the Council for Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (Council for EMA, Fomar) an investigation concerning a possible citizen science platform at SLU was conducted in 2019.
The investigation built to a large part on a survey, where more than 600 SLU staff participated and about 50 people were interviewed. During the investigation, 38 projects and activities connecting to citizen science were identified.
The investigation revealed widespread desire for the development of citizen at SLU. Therefore, creation of a central resource for CS at SLU was suggested; to build a capacity around citizen science across the different parts of SLU; integrate and recognize synergies between various disciplines; identify new development areas and opportunities for collaboration; act as a source of information, meeting place, and support for researchers and environmental analysts. Important practical functions identified include information, communication, coordination, data management and technical support.
- Read the report on the investigation of citizen science at SLU (scroll down to read the report in English).
- Watch webinar May 7 where the investigation results are presented (in Swedish).
Capacity building 2020
During 2020, the work of establishing activities around coordination of citizen science at SLU begins, financed by Fomar. The first activities reflect the most requested areas according to the investigation from 2019 - information and communication. A plan for further development will also be developed.
Contacts for the citizen science drive are Pavel Bína, René van der Wal and Ann-Katrin Hallin (see contact details below).