Petra Siegele (Center for Citizen Science, OEAD)
The working group for citizen science in/with schools was established during the platform meeting on 26 June 2019 in Obergurgl.
Especially over the last ten years, Austria has built up a range of skills and expertise regarding the collaboration between science and schools, with notable examples being the Sparkling Science research funding programme by the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research and the Citizen Science Award, organised by the Center for Citizen Science since 2015, in which every year in spring schools are invited to participate in various projects.
The aim of this working group is to bring together the experience gained so far in Citizen Science projects with schools and to develop recommendations for researchers & teachers, if appropriate with examples of best practice. On the one hand, the focus will be on challenges and success factors for a successful partnership, on the other hand, important factors for a long-term cooperation will be explored. An exchange with other international WGs on this topic is also intended.