This article presents an overview of the ecosystem of citizen science development in Lithuania and its potential to address United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs). As citizen science is still in the early development stage in Lithuania, this case study is an example of ecosystem analysis in the period of early citizen science adoption.
How should we go about collaborating with children and adolescents? Young Participation: Creativity and Conflict in Planning explores how youth participation work in practical terms in the context of urban development processes at the municipal level in Norway. From their unique perspectives, social scientists, artists, an architect, and a young contributor discuss experiences and dilemmas of including children, teens, and young adults as contributing stakeholders in various projects. The reader will find concrete examples of participatory processes and tools developed in cooperation. The book is written in Norwegian but provides one chapter in English.
How can Citizen Science (CS) be engaging? What does engagement entail? Who needs to be engaged? What are the challenges and opportunities of engagement in CS? After two years of lockdown and isolation, these were some of the questions debated by engaged researchers, students, and practitioners at the ‘Engaging Citizen Science Conference 2022’ at Aarhus University, Denmark. This review published in the Journal of Science Communication provides a summary of the conference.
The article describes the experience of involving young people in two youth participatory research projects on political and social engagement. These research projects are both focused on municipalities in the southern part of the Stockholm region and focus on the methods used to engage representative groups of young people in interdisciplinary research in the context of spatial planning and local politics. The article presents preliminary results and compares and contrasts the types of problems identified by the young people who participated in these projects in relation to their living environments and neighborhoods.
This article concludes that YouCount, as one of the 7 social science projects out of 28 citizen science projects in Hungary, goes beyond the level of passive, minimal involvement, where volunteers can meaningfully participate in the research process and bring about changes in their environment and communities. Local case studies of the projects Community Archaeology, Citizen Science Mentoring, Creek Rákos citizen science project, Life in undies, PET bottles spotting, Air working group, and YouCount are succeeding in involving certain communities in the research process in ways in which participants could contribute to framing the research questions, creative research outputs as well as publications or dissemination of research results.