Barcelona Citizen Science Office
The Barcelona Office of Citizen Science was created in 2012 by the Barcelona City Council's Institute of Culture with the aim of consolidating citizen science projects in Barcelona and accompanying them in facing the social and environmental challenges of the city.
Between 2012 and 2019, the Office has organized different events to discuss, brainstorm and promote citizen science among the city's residents. Among these events, the Office has organized technical conferences (Citizen Science Day) and workshops and demonstrations carried out at the Science Festival and the City and Science Biennial, during which it promotes the Citizen Science Manifesto, together with the Ibercivis Foundation.
In all these years, numerous research groups have joined this trend and have shared their research with the public. Currently, some projects have been closed, others have evolved and grown, and others have only just begun. Throughout this period, the different transversal actions and programmes have brought citizen science to a large part of the city's districts, involving more than 13,000 residents and schoolchildren, who have collected more than 10,000 valuable data for scientific research.
The CS Office begins its journey by sharing the experience of five projects that are active at the time and that subscribe to an internationally agreed decalogue of good practice within the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA).
2013 - 2015
The CS Office is bringing citizen science to the libraries of Barcelona, with a series of thematic conferences as part of the Visions of Science programme, and it is also starting a pilot project in schools with the help of RecerCaixa. By 2015, there will be more than 15 different projects in Barcelona, which will be included in a catalogue.
The Citizen Science in the Neighbourhoods programme is launched, in which residents from different areas of Barcelona carry out real research with a direct impact on the neighbourhood. In this program, the facilities (civic centers, libraries, schools) are added and act as an epicenter for the meetings, preparation and discussion of projects involving various groups.
Since 2018, a table of agents from the city has been set up, made up of some members of research projects and representatives of the Civic Centre Network, Barcelona Libraries, the Barcelona Education Consortium and various municipal areas such as the Open Data Office, the Ecology, Town Planning and Mobility Area and the Barcelona Public Health Agency.
That same year, together with the Barcelona Education Consortium, a specific call was launched to work with teachers and students, and the Citizen Science in Schools programme was created.