We believe in the power of participation in education. T role of facts become again more and more relevant for every citizen and we are aware that in lifelong learning the “academic ivory tower” seems to be the ultimate bastion, resisting to be involved with other learning paths. However, the approach of Citizens Science is an innovative methodology, involving both top-down but as well from a grass-root level learners and citizens to be involved in research and science. We believe that instead of reinventing methods, it will be more productive to evaluate existing tools, identify smart practices, collect, review and share them.
Our mission is to advance citizen science through knowledge sharing, collaboration, capacity building, and advocacy. We aim to encourage broad and meaningful participation in citizen science through promoting inclusive and collaborative partnerships and facilitating a community that shares practices, knowledge, and tools to bring recognition to the value and impact of citizen science.
As declared in the Digital Market Strategy, European citizens need innovative approaches to keep up-to-date in the ever changing work market. A key 21st competence is the so called Information Literacy, the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand. This became even more relevant lately, in the time of skepticism towards science and the wake of misinformation and so called “Fake News”. The European Commission is tackling the spread of false information through their code of conduct to combat illegal online hate speech.
The problem is rather tackled through self-regulation of the social media outlets. However, a more securing way to fit counter information is to engage and enable citizens to fact check and getting involved in both addressing and researching publicly perceived problems and deficits. A conduct on citizen science will help to inform the public and empower the European Citizens to assess information received.