Ground Truth 2.0 at “KNM Workshop: Citizen Science” in Wageningen, The Netherlands

Ground Trouth 2.0 was presented by Marten Schoonman at the “KNM Workshop: Citizen Science” in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The event, which was organized by Kennisnetwerk Milieu from Wageningen University and Research, aimed at developing a joint vision on new opportunities of citizen science for scientific and policy oriented research. The “KNM Workshop: Citizen Science” was attended by around 50 participants, mostly of whom were scientists.

During the workshop, eight short show cases of citizen science were presented. The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the methodologies used were analyzed and it was discussed how citizen science can contribute to scientific and policy oriented research on environmental and sustainability issues. The speakers from Wageningen University and Research, De Waterspin, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Akvo covered different topics related to citizen science, such as “The opportunities of citizen science for science and policy”, “Participative monitoring urban water quality” and “Including students and school classes in scientific research”. Marten Schoonman’s presentation, “Ground Truth 2.0: social dimensions of citizen observatories combined with enabling technologies.”, highlighted the importance of having a thorough methodology as well as the importance of involving policy makers from the start of a project. At the end of the workshop, key questions related to Citizen

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