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D4.4 Discovery Trips - Final report

DITOs Consortium; (2019) D4.4 Discovery Trips - Final report. Doing It Together Science (DITOs): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Through six core deliverables and twelve additional non-deliverable contributions, DITOs through Tekiu has influenced at least 206 decision makers from more than ten countries to further the goals of DITOs and to generally enhance and promote the active engagement of the public in science, and ultimately bolster support for citizen science activities throughout Europe. From discussing policies for the monitoring and tackling of air pollution in cities, to developing hands-on strategies for bottom-up behavioural change, the Polish Air Quality Discovery Trip delegation took their learnings home to Silesia, where little over a year later they had applied their knowledge to not only improve citizen science projects in Poland, but also showcase these at COP24 in Katowice. One of the delegates of the Air Quality Discovery Trip went on to become an elected city councillor and through this can implement some of the learnings in Katowice. By partnering with organisations such as the Knowledge Mobilisation Forum in Bristol, UK, we extended the reach of DITOs to new practitioner audiences and geographies. This Discovery Trip delivered an interactive session of knowledge exchange with a focus on citizen engagement practices, where attendees met inspiring practitioners in environmental citizen science and citizen-led biotechnology who put knowledge mobilisation into practice. Similarly, Tekiu worked closely with DITOs partners ECSA and eutema to design and deliver the workshop “Citizen science & open science: Synergies and instruments” in Brussels, which brought together different communities and invited, in particular, those who work toward exploring opportunities for the adoption of open science and reducing the technical, legal and other barriers to adopting it. These included members of the Open Science Working Groups of ECSA and the advisory board of the EC, and the OSPP (Open Science Policy Platform). Tekiu also organised a Discovery Trip with international delegates to complement the European stakeholder roundtable organised by UCL and Tekiu, “Identifying the opportunities, barriers, disruptions, and social innovation in integrating environmental citizen science in policy: road map for the next decade”. The Discovery Trip took delegates from UNESCO-SIDS and European organisations to visit local initiatives and converse with key UK decision makers. This provided the context for hands-on engagement at the roundtable and set out a roadmap for environmental citizen science in policy. The First Italian Citizen Science Conference held in late 2017, provided an opportunity to bring together the emerging citizen science community in Italy and to share experiences of other European countries who have already established national networks. To contribute to this, build local capacity, and kick start the development of a national strategy for Italian citizen science, Tekiu’s Discovery Trip brought together local and international decision makers to learn from each other, and to engage in dialogue at local stakeholder roundtables. The last Discovery Trip was linked to the project’s final event and brought leads of Horizon 2020 projects providing a platform for connections to promote future collaborations, to meet with project partners, discuss the project’s lessons learned and to carry the DITOs ‘torch’ forward into the future. D4.4 Discovery Trips - Final report is Deliverable 4.4 (D4.4) from the coordination and support action (CSA) Doing It Together science (DITOs), grant agreement 709443.

Type: Report
Title: D4.4 Discovery Trips - Final report
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.togetherscience.eu/
Language: English
Additional information: This work by Parties of the DITOs Consortium is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094808
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