#citscicomm Labs

The NEWSERA #CitSciComm Labs

Citizen science projects are a complex ecosystem: they involve communities of citizens, scientists, policy makers and industries. One of the challenges these projects face is to adequately communicate the meaningful results and high-quality scientific data they generate to the stakeholders involved; this is crucial both to get back to the citizen who participated in the project and to inform new policies and businesses.

Another key aspect of CS projects is the effectiveness of the technology they employ: there isn’t much research on how the users interact with CS apps and their role in the project success.

NEWSERA will tackle these and other issues in the #CitSciComm Labs, which are the core of the entire project. The Labs will involve a selection of Citizen Science practitioners and science and data journalists: together they will collaborate on new and improved strategies of communication with quadruple helix stakeholder. The Labs will also focus on the role of interfaces and user experience in the digital and non-digital tools employed.

Each Lab will consist of a series of co-creation workshops; the results of the workshops will be shared with a virtual community to promote external thoughts and comments. The results will also inform the design of the following workshops. The aim of the Labs will be the co-creation of four communication Blueprints for more effective science communication strategies in CS projects.

To do so, the participation of media professionals like science communicators and data journalists will be essential: journalism contributes to the impact of new information and can give a voice to neglected communities. However, journalists often use a top-down approach to reporting, so the adoption of a participatory framework will be beneficial to innovate their media strategies as well.

Each Lab will involve the quadruple helix stakeholders: