Key lessons and areas for development

Key lessons and areas for development

Throughout the course of this OPENER programme we have not only been conducting our own community events, training and capacity building exercises, but we have been investigating the current status quo in public engagement with the natural world. In doing so, we have been looking into current opinions about the importance of bringing communities together, the most effective mechanisms for opening up science and where developments could be made in the field through an organic process of: Creating blogs: As you are here, you have clearly found our blogs page- hurrah! Here you will find not just your typical written commentaries, but video animations, poetry and art work all exploring what it is to open up science. We have been seeking the opinions of professionals in the field of public engagement, NERC academics, policy makers, teachers and the public. Attending external meetings: One particular meeting organised by the UK Environmental Observation Framework’s (UKEOF) Citizen Science Working Group provided a rich source...
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The varied nature of CoPs: insights from citizen science gatherings

The varied nature of CoPs: insights from citizen science gatherings

June was a busy month in the citizen science calendar. One of the OPENER team embraced this opportunity for learning, sharing and discussing participatory science approaches by darting between 6 meetings, events and conferences in the Swiss City of Geneva. Since then, Muki has been reflecting on the relevance of this diverse set of gatherings and has written an account sharing his thoughts about the multifarious forms that Communities of Practice can take in the citizen science arena. Read all about how they vary in size, level of formality, topic and the opportunities for involvement on his personal blog Po Ve Sham. ...
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