Thursday, 21 January 2021 until Thursday, 21 January 2021
Publication date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Presentation of 'Ciencia Ciudadana y Aprendizaje Servicio’
A guide to finding synergies in favour of a more democratic science and a more committed education
The Barcelona Office of Citizen Science and the Association Centre Promotor d'Aprenentatge Servei have written in Spanish the guide Ciencia Ciudadana y Aprendizaje Servicio. The document will be presented on the 21st of January at 6pm at an online event hosted by the Ibercivis Foundation, which will be open to the public and will count with the assistance of representatives from the three institutions. The event will provide an opportunity to learn about some successful research projects in which citizen science and service learning come together.
Citizen science is understood as scientific research in which non-specialists participate at some point in the process: the setting out of hypotheses, the experimental design, the collection of samples, the analysis of results or the obtaining of conclusions. On the other hand, service learning is an educational proposal that starts with the acquisition and use of new knowledge to carry out a useful service to the community.
Last spring, the guide Ciència ciutadana i aprenentatge servei was published in Catalan, identifying the common elements between citizen science and service learning. At the same time, it also promotes the creation of proposals to create synergies that encourage the participation of boys and girls in the production of new knowledge and its use to improve the life of the community. The guide was written by the Barcelona Office of Citizen Science and the Association Centre Promotor d'Aprenentatge Servei from the contents of a conference organized by the Barcelona Institute of Culture in 2019. In the past few months, the document has been translated into Spanish and will be presented on the 21st of January at the event organized together with the Ibercivis Foundation, the entity that will host the event and which will collaborate with the promotion of the guide within the citizen science community in Spain and Latin America.
The presentation of the new guide in Spanish will be broadcast live on the Ibercivis Foundation's YouTube channel and will feature speakers from all three institutions. During the event, it will be explained what citizen science and service learning is, its value for society and how the rise of digital technologies, specifically applications for mobile devices, are accelerating their progress. The presentation will also provide information about three citizen science projects and their successful experiences in the field of education: Mosquito Alert, Sea Watchers and Birds in the Cloud.