P20: Insights and reflections

E-poster session | Chairperson: Vickie Curtis | Wednesday, 09 September 2020 | 18:30-18:45

18:30-18:35  |  P20.1 Citizen science from the Iberoamerican perspective: an overview, and insights by the RICAP network

Author/s: Natalia Piland, Alexandra Castañeda, Mariana Varese, Karen Soacha, Lesandro Ponciano, Guillermina D'Onofrio, José Edilson Espitia, Cristina Luis, Jaume Piera, Anabela Plos, Juan Felipe Restrepo and Diego Torres

Presenter: Mariana Varese

CS study and practice in Iberoamerica and the Caribbean is widespread and diverse. We identified 30+ search terms that embody CS in the region. A search in SPA/POR/ENG bibliographical databases resulted in 200,000+ publications, mostly concentrated in 7 countries. Out of 685 documented CS experiences in 9 countries, 81% focus on biodiversity, ecology and environment, and natural resource management; 73% are local or subnational. Further research is urgent to include other countries and to understand diverse goals driving CS in the region:  e.g., informing decisions, educating youth for social change, and valuing multiple forms of knowledge.

18:35-18:40  |  P20.2 Engaging citizens in regulatory science: insights from the field of risk assessment

Author/s: Leonie Dendler and Gaby-Fleur Boel

Presenter: Leonie Dendler

The poster presents empirical reactions to a potential greater participatory opening of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), a prominent regulatory scientific organisation in the field of risk assessment. We identify a general support for greater engagement in science-based risk assessment, especially concerning the consumer. Focussing on the method of consumer conferences, we also discuss challenges in enacting these demands. In particular, we illustrate difficulties in ensuring inclusive input from across society and facilitating such events in a way that contesting demands can appropriately balanced.

18:40-18:45  |  P20.3 Designing a specific policy for citizen science in Spain

Author/s: Francisco Sanz, Jorge Barba, Jesús Clemente Gallardo, Cesar López, Laude Guardia, Mari Carmen Ibáñez, Maite Pelacho and Fermin Serrano

Presenters: Francisco Sanz, Maite Pelacho

In Spain, as in many other countries, diverse citizen science initiatives have been developed over decades. Nowadays there is a growing interest in providing the proper support from institutions, respecting the "extitutional" character of a large number of citizen science projects. In 2018-2019, the Ibercivis Foundation together with the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)-Ministry of Science and Innovation carried out a Collaboration Agreement to promote both the concept and practices. Ibercivis Foundation elaborated a final report-proposal including the following steps for the consolidation of the Network of Citizen Science in Spain. Here we offer its main results.