Advancing Citizen Science for Seas and Ocean Research | European Marine Board

Advancing Citizen Science for Seas and Ocean Research

There is a long background of citizen participation in science but we are just beginning to understand how to use the outcomes of citizen science projects. The European Marine Board Working Group on Citizen Science identified marine research that are most amenable to citizen science input and assessed the benefits and constraints of increasing marine citizen science in the future.

Outputs

Policy Brief 5, Marine Citizen Science: Towards and engaged and ocean literate society (October 2017)

 

 

Position Paper 23, Advancing Citizen Science for Seas and Ocean Research (May 2017)

 

 

Background

Citizen Science involves members of the public in the observation, analysis and eventually also the design of scientific research. Benefits include enhancing monitoring capability, empowering citizens and increasing environmental awareness. However, research on the process of studying and understanding the best ways to develop, implement, and evaluate Citizen Science is lacking and Citizen Science needs to be acknowledged as a distinct discipline.

Citizen Science has the potential to make significant contributions to marine sciences. Considering the vastness of the ocean, the extensiveness of the coastlines, and the diversity of habitats, communities, and species, and the lack of manpower in marine science, Citizen Science can be a powerful tool for generating scientific knowledge. Citizen Science also creates awareness of the challenges facing the world’s ocean and increasing Ocean Literacy.

Our foresight activities on Citizen Science provided new ideas and directions for further development of Marine Citizen Science.

The EMB Position Paper (#23) entitled "Advancing Citizen Science in Coastal and Ocean Research" was published in May 2017 and officially launched at a workshop entitled "Citizen Science and the Future of Coastal Monitoring" during European Maritime Day 2017 on 18-19 May 2017, in Poole, UK and can be downloaded here. A Policy Brief to accompany the Position Paper followed and can be downloaded here.


Objectives

  • Identify common factors of success in Citizen Science programmes
  • Assess the types of marine data that are amenable to collection or analysis by non-specialists
  • Provide recommendations on best practice for incorporating Citizen Science into marine research projects, e.g. how to engage citizens and keep them engaged and how to best meet the expectations of both citizens and scientists
  • Based on the findings, provide overall recommendations for marine research that is most suitable for Citizen Science, provide new ideas and directions for Marine Citizen Science and outline what is needed to support Citizen Science in a marine context into the future

 

Related activities  

  • European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) Conference, on 21-23 November 2018, in Brussels, Belgium
  • The UN conference on 'Transforming for Sustainability' will be held on 28-29 November 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • European Marine Biology Symposium will be held on 17-21 September 2018 in Ostend, Belgium
  • Second International European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) Conference on 3-5 June 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Second Annual International Conference on Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences and Fab Labs for Peace and Development on 12-13 December 2017, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Community Science in the Natural World event on 9-11 October 2017 in Plymouth, UK
  • Fifth European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference on 7-10 October 2017 in Valetta, Malta
  • Paper launched at workshop on 'Citizen Science and the Future of Coastal Monitoring' organized by the European Marine Board on 18 May 2017 at European Maritime Day 2017, in Poole, UK

 

Meetings

  • 2-3 June 2016, Galway, Ireland
  • 18-19 February 2016, Ostend, Belgium

 

Members

  • Chair - Carlos Garcia Soto, Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), Spain
  • Co-chair - Gro I. van der Meeren, Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway
  • Oliver Zielinski, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Julia A. Busch, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany
  • Jan Marcin Węsławski, Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IOPAN), Poland
  • Karin Dubsky, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Coastwatch Europe, Ireland
  • Gérald Mannaerts, Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle, France
  • Jan Seys, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium
  • Christine Domegan, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Ireland
  • Patricia McHugh, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Ireland
  • Karen von Juterzenka, Kiel University, Germany
  • Jane Delany, Newcastle University, UK
  • Gabriel Gorsky, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
  • Francesca Malfatti, National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), Italy


Additional contributions from:

  • Géraldine Fauville, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Pascal Monestiez, National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), France

 

Contact at European Marine Board Secretariat: Paula Kellett Email