Citizens have a major role to play in addressing the challenges to a sustainable future. It is by ‘doing science together’ that we combine our resources and expertise to raise awareness, build capacity, and innovative lasting solutions grounded in society.
MAKASH has engaged in realizing this agenda. It joined the Working Group for developing synergies with education of the COST Action CA15212: Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe.
In Citizen Science, a broad network of people collaborate. Participants provide experimental data and facilities for researchers, raise new questions and co-create a new scientific culture. While they add value, volunteers acquire new learning and skills and gain a deeper understanding of the scientific work in appealing ways. Because of this open, networked and transdisciplinary scenario, science-society-policy interactions are improved; leading in turn to a more democratic research based on evidence and informed decision-making. [Socientize – White paper on Citizen Science for Europe]