Marika Cieslinski & Petra Siegele (Center for Citizen Science, OEAD)
The working group for citizen science in/with schools was established as part of 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 concerning the cooperation between science and schools, with notable examples being the Sparkling Science research promotion programme by the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research and the Citizen Science Award, organised by the Center for Citizen Science every spring since 2015, to which schools that are involved with research in various projects are invited.
The goal of this working group is to bring together previous experiences of citizen science projects with schools and devise recommendations for researchers and teaching staff, with best practice examples where applicable. On the one hand, this should concern challenges and factors for success for a successful partnership and on the other hand, it should determine important factors for a long-term collaboration. It also aspires to have exchanges with other international working groups on this topic.