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Citizen Science: Exploring opportunities in Social Science Research for Health, Wellbeing and Public Health

When:Tu 14-05-2024 12:00 - 17:00
Where:House of Connections, Grote Markt 21, Groningen

Join us for an engaging exploration into the intersection of social science research and citizen science!

Event : Citizen Science: Exploring opportunities in Social Science Research for Health, Wellbeing and Public Health
Date: 14th of May 2024
Location : House of Connections, Grote Markt 21, Groningen.

The Center of Expertise Social Sciences, Health & Wellbeing and Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health co-organize this event to explore opportunities in Social Science Research concerning health, wellbeing, and public health, while delving into the realm of Citizen Science. We aim to investigate how science can relate to citizens, inform them, and actively involve them in the research process.

Join us for an afternoon delving into the world of Citizen Science. Discover the essence of this method, its applications, and its potential impact. Our speakers, Margaret Gold from the Citizen Science Lab at Leiden University and Niels Alberts , Coordinator of the Bèta Science Shop and CurioUs , will share insights into the diverse approaches and recent advancements in Citizen Science, with a focus on its relevance in social sciences research.

Following their presentations, we'll hear compelling examples from researchers at applied universities. Engage in an interactive workshop where we'll collaborate in groups to craft research questions suitable for Citizen Science and explore appropriate methodologies.

The afternoon will culminate in a dynamic plenary debate, addressing emerging topics, workshop-generated examples, funding challenges, and pre-submitted inquiries. We'll wrap up with a networking session over drinks, discussions on potential collaborations and sparking ideas among like-minded individuals.

The event is open to all social sciences researchers who are curious and interested in whether and how this method can be applied in our field. Specific focus of the afternoon is how to collect real life data together with citizens to answer questions regarding human behaviour. With the central question: How can we gain insight into human behaviour in a scientifically sound manner and together with civilians.

Join us to inform and inspire each other and to explore the potential implications of Citizen Science for your research endeavors.

Programme
12.15-12.20
Welcome
12.20-12.50
Margaret Gold - Citizen Science Lab at Leiden University (and the Citizen Science Nederland Network)
Will give a brief overview of the breadth of Citizen Science approaches and latest developments in the field of practice. She will zoom in on the possibilities for social sciences research.
12.50-13.30
Lunch
13.30-14.00
Niels Alberts - Coordinator of the Bèta Science Shop & Lecturer at the faculty of science & Engineering.
Lessons learned from CurioUs and what it means for the Social Sciences and in this context address the question "Why participate?". 
14.00-14.30
Pitches
Experiences and best practices from a.o. Universities of Applied Sciences
14.30-15.45
group discussion/active workshop
We will work in groups to formulate research questions that can be answered with this method and the groups will discuss what kind of methodology would be appropriate. 
15.45–16.00
Break
16.00-16.30
Plenary discussion/debate
Debate/discussion with topics that arise during the afternoon, examples that have been formulated by the workshop groups, questions regarding funding of Citizen Science Projects, and questions that are sent in prior to the event.
16.30-17.00
Drinks & closure