Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences and Fab Labs for Peace and (...)

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Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences and Fab Labs for Peace and (...)

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Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences and Fab Labs for Peace and Development - Annual International Conference 13th December, 2017, United Nations

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International Annual Conference on the Participatory Researches, Citizen Sciences and Fab Labs
December 11-15, 2016
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The program

Wednesday December 13, 2017
from 09:00 to 12:00


Presentations will be held in english and french. Debates and questions will be organized in english and french.

Leading Projects of Education to Science and Citizen Sciences since 1992, and creating 1st Participatory Researches Camps in 2004, the NGO Objective Sciences International have the Special Consultative Status to United Nations. Active in all continents, the NGO organize every year, since 2012, the International Annual Conference on Rights of Nature in United Nations, at which one participate all Governments actives in this domain or interested by these works. From 2016, and every year, OSI organize into the heart of the United Nations hemicycle the International Annual Conference on the Citizen Sciences and Participatory Researches, in order to allow all the actors and operators in these domains to exchange, meet and share directly and at the largest international level.

Crowd Sourced Sciences

Operators of Citizen Sciences who exchange already at national and continental levels (Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Middle-East...) and who desire to exchange together, and share practices and solutions, at the world level, meet together at the Annual International Conference organized in the United Nations.

Fab Labs / Citizen Science / Participative Researches

Several public or associative organizations that are active in the domain of Citizen Sciences or Participative Research, federated or organized, at the national level. The main national actors, the federations, and the specific operators, organized presently at the international level, and are called to meet annually at the end of the civil year, at the International Annual Conference on the Citizen Sciences and the Participative Researches, at United Nations, in Geneva.

This annual space of sharing results and pooling of skills, allow to the actors of the domain to exchange practices, solutions, ideas, needs.

Your Annual Exchanges Resource

In the following of the national and continental meetings that are organized in each country and continent by the local federation, this International Annual Conference at United Nations allow the actors to implement in consultation, or to inform mutually, of progress and actions they lead during the year, or that they have in project.

The participants at this Conference are:

  • Local and regional actors of different countries
  • Thematic Actors by scientific disciplines
  • Regional or national federations
  • Thematic Federations, by scientific disciplines
  • Large Institutions of Science or Education
  • Government departments (Education, Research, Environment, Industry ...) and international associations of Ministries
  • Specialized Journalists (science, environment, education, sustainable development ...)
  • UN agencies (UNDP, UNEP ...)

Subjects that are in the agenda of December 2017 are:

  • Standards and references of exchange on Citizen Science practices between national and international organizations
  • National and international Charts of Citizen Science, examples, projects, ongoing discussions of shares
  • Financing Solutions of the actions of Citizen Science
  • Access of citizen actors to the Research beyond their simple contributions
  • Administrative Status / legislative / recognition / etc of actors of Citizen Science projects
  • The Citizen Research, beyond the digital interface
  • Expected Features of web portals of Citizen Science
  • Services for Citizen Science provided by FabLabs
  • Dissemination and Exploitation of the results to the uninvolved Big Public
  • Road map for the mutual opening of the data collected

Detailed Program

Exchanges between stakeholders of the meeting will happen in a round table between speakers and debates with the audience of the Assembly.

Organiser : NGO Objective Sciences International, Geneva
Chairman : Thomas EGLI, President of Objective Sciences International

09:00 – Opening of the Conference


09:30 - Introduction

09:30 - 15’
Opening Remarks
Recall of concepts of the International Annual Conference
Thomas EGLI, President of the NGO Objective Sciences International

Already Validated Presentations

Combining Arts and Citizen Science - Mobilising participation
Citizen science approaches have become increasingly popular and embedded into data collection methods and participatory research. Our NGO (Bristol Natural History Consortium) has been working over the last 10 years on developing major public-facing activities that bring together tourism, heritage studies, and the arts alongside citizen science activities and educational activities. What new types of thinking and participation can we encourage through new research methods? What special opportunities does the arts provide for engaging people with the natural world? We look forward to sharing new ideas, practical activities, robust audience research and evaluation, and proposals for new collaborative international activities.
Mrs Savita Custead, Bristol Natural History Consortium, United Kingdom,

The Swedish Mass Experiments – a Win-Win for Schools and Scientists
Since 2009, the Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science; in Swedish Vetenskap & Allmänhet) has been coordinating an annual national citizen science event for schools – a mass experiment. The mass experiment is part of ForskarFredag, the Swedish events on the European Researchers’ Night. Through the mass experiments, thousands of Swedish students from preschool to upper secondary school have contributed to the development of scientific knowledge on a diverse range of topics, such as the acoustic environment in classrooms, storage of refrigerated foods, children’s and adolescents’ perception of hazardous environments and the development of autumn leaves in deciduous trees. In 2015 the “Tea Bag Experiment” studied the decomposition of organic material in soil and its relation to climate change, by means of a newly developed, standardised method built upon the burying and weighing of tea bags. This year’s experiment is a citizen humanities project about the traditional bulletin board. Students will take photographs, transcribe and translate the contents of bulletin boards around the country, with an aim of creating an open database for a long-term participatory research project. Through the mass experiments the students get to participate in real research, while the researcher is provided with massive amounts of data. From the teachers’ point of view, the mass experiments provide them with material and methods based upon state-of-the-art research to integrate into the curriculum. The mass experiments efficiently link education to research, establishing valuable contacts with researchers and giving students insights into research methods and scientific thinking.
Mr Fredrik BROUNEUS, Public & Science (Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA), Sweden,

Networking for Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities from Sparkling Science
Sparkling science is a participatory research program in Austria with the specific characteristic: scientistis work side by side with young people in current scientific research projects. As junior colleagues schoolchildren take an active part of the research project, introduce important suggestions into the research approach, collaborate in the conception and conducting of investigations, conduct polls, collect data, interpret it together with the researchers and present the results in creative ways as Science Slams, animated movies, songs…
Challenges and opportunities will be shown from the case of two Sparkling Science projects “Landscape and You-th” (2012-2015) and “BreadTime” (2015-2016): the challenges and opportunities for the research partners, the meaning of reflexion, specifics of data production and evaluation, characteristics of presentation of results.
“BreadTime” focuses on the cultural sustainability and the manifold agricultural and manual practices of the cultivation and processing of grains and the production of bread.
The project “Landscape and You-th – Tracing Flax” focusses on the relationship between local knowledge, landscape and regional identity on the basis of cultivation and manufacturing of the plant flax.
In both projects students from Secondary lower schools and the Secondary upper schools were instructed in the method of oral history and interviewed elder locals about the traditional cultivation. Several media products and performances, like an app, a documentary film, a RAP song… should enhance landscape awareness and sustainable tourism in the region and offer added value for all stakeholders.
Mrs Andrea Sieber, Alps-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Austria,

STEAM- an all encompassing approach to education
We need to to encourage people to view STEM differently, to perceive Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths as a set of tools with which to create, design, troubleshoot, innovate, and imagine. We want STEAM learning to expand non-linearly and nurture a culture of multidisciplinary disruptive innovation through the power of inspiration and creativity.
We need to nurture an international network with global reach because the challenges we need to solve are global. STEAM needs to be fostered everywhere to catalyze human progress worldwide.
Dr Niamh Shaw, Function (Core), Ireland,

Stats Up Project: participatory Mapping to accomplish human scale to measure SDGs
The 2030 Agenda for Global Goals had established a set of global priorities like ending poverty and injustice or tackling climate change to shift all countries toward inclusive, sustainable development. These goals demand a Data Revolution, as long as it entails the transformation of paradigms for data collection, its organization and visualization triggered by governments but also aided by civil sector. Geo-referencing is a considerable ally for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) endeavour because it can integrate diverse datasets with the incorporation of more universal analyses and modelling. National Statistics Offices should not turn their back on this valuable resource.
The Stats Up project aims to humanize the scale of SDGs making work together open geo data communities using crowd sourcing and other participatory mapping tools to leverage data collection in governmental statistical offices , especially those that need to fill the gap for tier 2 and 3 SDG indicators. National Statistics Offices NSO have a specific interest stake in integrating efforts with civil society stakeholders as census coverage is shrinking together with budgets, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Due to a growing open source software development availability and an expanding universality in data collection techniques and skills, the opportunity to co produce SDGs with Civil Society Organizations is arising in the near future for governments and official research agencies. The purpose of triggering this collaboration regarding geo open data usage for SDG indicator production can be mediated together with OpenStreetMap OSM ecosystem communities and derived start ups.
The presentation will address the issue of how to bridge the gap of the lack of volume of open geodata at NSOs, portraying lessons of how the assistance of social entrepreneurs groups working on statistics and demograhics, will promote the creation of small local startups, carrying out participatory mapping and building digital statistical measurements and corresponding solutions. To narrow the above mentioned gap, the deployment of a comprehensive program for open geodata social start ups will be portrayed.
Mr Javier Andres Carranza Torres, GeoCensos Foundation, Bolivia,

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