Curated by Dr. Antonella Radicchi, Prof. Cristina Capineri and Dr. Venere Stefania Sanna – University of Siena, DISPOC
Invited speakers (in alphabetical order): Claudia Fabo-Cartas (ECSA, Germany), Dilek Fraisl (IIASA, Austria), Muki Haklay (UCL, UK), Antonella Passani (T6 Ecosystems, Italy), Marisa Ponti (Università di Göteborg, Sweden), Antonella Radicchi (University of Siena, Italy), Sven Schade (CCR, European Commission), Andrea Sforzi, (CS Italy).
Participation in the Lecture Series is free. University Training Credits (CFU) – To be eligible to acquire 3 credits (CFU), students are expected to attend all seminars, write a final report and participate in a citizen science fieldwork activity using a citizen science mobile app. For more information, please contact the Lecture Series’ curators.
Please check the schedule below for information about time and place.
ABOUT THE LECTURE SERIES
The European Commission defines Citizen Science as the voluntary participation of non-professional scientists in various stages of research and innovation activities through different degrees of participation, from research question design to data collection and analysis and evaluation of research results.
In the past decade, through EU-founded projects, national, regional and local initiatives and the use of novel digital technologies, the field of Citizen Science has evolved significantly to a situation in which it is not only prominent in research and civil society but also well-recognised in political agendas (Schade et al. 2021).
Against this backdrop, the “Citizen Science for Social Sciences” Lecture Series aims at showcasing and disseminating at the University of Siena state-of-the-art theories, practices and international developments of Citizen Science for social sciences with a focus on the Italian and European landscape.
Seven online seminars delivered in English by internationally renowned scholars and practitioners from the academic, governmental and not-for-profit sectors will cover key citizen science topics, spanning from the terminology question, the role of citizen science for the SDGs, novel frameworks for stakeholder engagement and impact frameworks in citizen science projects, recent advances in AI, to state-of-the-art European citizen science policies and platforms.
The Lecture Series is open to scholars, researchers and students from the University of Siena and beyond as well as to practitioners and policymakers from local, regional and national institutions and bodies. Each seminar of the Lecture Series will be streamlined via Gmeet and will allow for live interaction and Q&A with the invited speakers.
- October 12 2023, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CET @ Presidio Mattioli UniSI, room 6
The characteristics of citizen science and the terminology question
Prof Muki Haklay, UCL London, UK
- October 18 2023 08:30 am -10:15 am CET @ Presidio Mattioli UniSI, room 6
Citizen science and the 5-Helix stakeholder engagement model for sustainable local development
Dr Antonella Radicchi, University of Siena
- November 2 2023, 10:00 am -12:00 pm CET @ Presidio Mattioli UniSI, room 6
Citizen Science, local knowledge and the SDGs
Dr Dilek Fraisl, IIASA, Austria
- March 15 2024, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CET
Citizen Science for policy at the European level
Dr Sven Schade, JRC, European Commission
- March 22 2024, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CET
AI and Citizen Science
Prof. Marisa Ponti, University of Gothenburg
- April 5 2024, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CET
Assessing the values generated by Citizen Science projects and initiatives
Dr Antonella Passani, T6 Ecosystems
- May 10 2024, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CET
– The European Platform of Citizen Science
– The Italian Citizen Science Landscape: projects and practices
Claudia Fabo-Cartas, ECSA European Citizen Science Association
Dr Andrea Sforzi, CS Italia
Please note that mandatory readings are marked with (*).
- Albert, A. et al. (2021). Citizen Social Science: New and Established Approaches to Participation in Social Research. In: The Science of Citizen Science. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-58278-4_7
- Smaniotto, A. & Passani, A. (2023). “Citizen science with and within the social sciences and the humanities. Guest Editors’ Preface”, in Ethics & Politics, XXV, 2023, 2, pp. 9-34 ISSN: 1825-5167
- Smaniotto, A. & Passani, A. (eds.) (2023). Citizen science with and within the social sciences and the humanities, special issue of the journal Ethics & Politics, XXV, 2023, 2, pp. 9-228 ISSN: 1825-5167 http://www2.units.it/etica/
Lecture 1 – The Characteristics of citizen science and the terminology question
- (*)Capineri, C. (2016). The nature of volunteered geographic information. In H.H. C.Capineri (a cura di), European handbook of crowdsourced geographic information (pp. 15-33). London: Ubiquity Press
- Haklay et al. (2021). Contours of citizen science: a vignette study. in Soc. open sci.8202108202108 http://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.202108
- Haklay et al. (2021). What Is Citizen Science? The Challenges of Definition. In: Vohland, K., et al. The Science of Citizen Science. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-58278-4_2
Lecture 2 – Citizen science and the 5-Helix stakeholder engagement model for sustainable local development
- Haklay, M. (2016) Why is participation inequality important? In: Capineri, C. et al. (eds.) European Handbook of Crowdsourced Geographic Information. (pp. 35-44). Ubiquity Press: London, United Kindom.
- (*)Paleco, C. et al. (2021). Inclusiveness and Diversity in Citizen Science. In: Vohland, K., et al. The Science of Citizen Science. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-58278-4_14
- Varga, D. et al. 2023. How can Inclusive Citizen Science Transform the Sustainable Development Agenda? Recommendations for a Wider and More Meaningful Inclusion in the Design of Citizen Science Initiatives. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 8(1): 29, pp. 1–10. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/ cstp.572
Lecture 3 – Citizen Science, local knowledge and the SDGs
- Fritz, S., See, L., Carlson, T. et al. Citizen science and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Nat Sustain 2, 922–930 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0390-3
- Fraisl, D. et al. (2023). Citizen science for monitoring the health and well-being related Sustainable Development Goals and the World Health Organization’s Triple Billion Targets. Front. Public Health 11:1202188. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1202188
- (*)Fraisl, D. et al. (2023). The Contributions of Citizen Science to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Other International Agreements and Frameworks. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 8(1): 27, pp. 1–6. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/cstp.643 (editorial)
Lecture 4 – Citizen Science for policy at the European level
- Schade, S. et al. (2021). Activity Report on Citizen Science 2020 – discoveries from a five year journey, EUR 30551 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2020, ISBN 978-92-76-28370-6, doi:10.2760/841551, JRC123500
- (*)Schade, S. et al. (2021). Citizen Science and Policy. In: Vohland, K., et al. The Science of Citizen Science. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-58278-4_18
Lecture 5 – AI and Citizen Science
- (*)Ponti, M. et al (2022). AI and Citizen Science for Serendipity. https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2205.06890
- Ponti, M. & Seredko, A. (2022). Human-machine-learning integration and task allocation in citizen science. Humanit Soc Sci Commun 9, 48. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-022-01049-z
Lecture 6 – Assessing the values generated by Citizen Science projects and initiatives
- Wehn, U., Gharesifard, M., Ceccaroni, L. et al. (2021). Impact assessment of citizen science: state of the art and guiding principles for a consolidated approach. Sustain Sci 16, 1683–1699. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-021-00959-2
- (*)Passani, A. et al (2022). A participatory, multidimensional and modular impact assessment methodology for citizen science projects. fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation (54). pp. 33-42. ISSN 1726-6629
- Mayer, K. et al. (2022). Editorial: Participatory Evaluation and Impact Assessment in Citizen Science (editorial & special issue) https://www.zsi.at/en/object/publication/6363
Lecture 7 – The European Platform of Citizen Science and The Italian Citizen Science Landscape: projects and practices
- (*)The European Citizen Science Platform: https://eu-citizen.science/
- The Italian Citizen Science Repository. https://www.museonaturalemaremma.it/csi/