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Citizen Science English spoken
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5930-22-12-31 
Enrollment deadline: 15/06/2022
PlaceNatural History Museum of Denmark,
Date and timeAugust 2022
Regular seats10
Activity Prices:
  - Deltager/Participant outside UCPH5,000.00 kr.
  - Participant0.00 kr.
ECTS credits7.50
Contact personNatalie Eva Iwanycki Ahlstrand    E-mail address: natalie.iwanycki@snm.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserAnders P. Tøttrup    E-mail address: aptottrup@snm.ku.dk
Teaching languageEnglish

This PhD course offers an in-depth introduction to citizen science: the involvement of the public in all levels of the scientific process. The development and application of citizen science is increasing around the world as a method to collect large amounts of data and make research relevant for the public by co-creation. Through lectures and discussion seminars, students are presented various projects and applications of citizen science. The course includes a number of expert guest lecturers from prominent researchers in Europe and North America from both academic and non-academic institutions, representing fields of natural & environmental science, social science, and the humanities. Students get experience with data handling in exercises and during the course there will be field work opportunities as well as workshops focussing on motivation, communication, and evaluation process. By the end of course students design their own project to address a specific research question using citizen science.

Learning outcome
During the course you will:
Evaluate and discuss citizen science literature and projects
Identify research questions relevant for citizen science and reflect on solutions
Target specific groups of volunteers based on motivation, prerequisites and preferences
Design a citizen science project including all aspects from idea/question and communication to methods development and data analyses
Application of co-creation methods

During the course you will obtain the following skills:
Communication of scientific methods and research results to various public target groups
Design citizen science methods and apply a selection of these methods
Understand biases in, and handle and analyse citizen science data

During the course you will obtain the following knowledge:
Basic aspects of citizen science such as typologies in citizen science, communication of scientific methods and research results to the public and specific target groups, collaboration and co-creation with public target groups, various levels of citizen engagement from contributory to extreme citizen science, designing and applying scientific methods to meet the interests and needs of the public, technical aspects of citizen science projects, data management, links of citizen science research to UN Sustainability Goals.

A list literature including journal articles and book chapters will be provided based on the daily themes planned in the course. Background literature and learning materials for preparation prior to the course including chapters of the book "Citizen Science – Innovation in open science, society and policy", by Hecker et al. UCL Press will also be provided.

Teaching and learning methods
Students will learn by participating in citizen science activities, discussing published citizen science studies, and designing and developing their own citizen science research projects.
A mixture of lectures, exercises, workshops, seminars, lab activities, fieldwork and excursions will be used.

The course will be completed with each student having one week to write a 5-page written assignment (essay), in the week following the end of the course. The essay assignment will be introduced at the start of the course.

Marianne Achiam (Department of Science Education), Anders P. Tøttrup (Natural History Museum of Denmark), Natalie Iwanycki Ahlstrand (Natural Meseum of Denmark), Rob Dunn (North Carolina State University) and other guest lecturers from Denmark, Europe & North America.

Lectures 40 hours
Preparation 60 hours
Theory exercises 8 hours
Pratical exercises 15 hours
Field work 15 hours
Excursions 4 hours
Seminar 16 hours
Exam Preparation 8 hours
Exam 40 hours

Total: 206 hours

Course fee:

Free for participants from UCPH

Participants not from UCPH course fee is 5000 DKK

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