IES's researcher Baiba Prūse represents Latvia in the COST programme action “Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe” CA 15212.
The aim of the action is to bundle capacities across Europe to investigate and extend the impact of the scientific, educational, policy, and civic outcomes of citizen science within the stakeholders from all sectors (e.g. policy makers, social innovators, citizens, cultural organizations, researchers, charities and NGOs), to gauge the potential of citizen science as enabler of social innovation and socio-ecological transition.
Currently, the Institute for Environmental Solutions explores the potential of citizen science development in Latvia, which is a part of the SciDoors project supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers in Latvia.
As it is defined in the Citizen Science action, it will explore the potential transformative power of citizen science for smart, inclusive, and sustainable ends, and will provide frameworks for the exploitation of the potential of citizens for science and innovation accross whole Europe. The researchers and supporters of the action stresses the recent explosion of activity around citizen science, as ordinary people and researchers begin to understand the power of technological devices which allow them to record the environment around them, share and collectively interpret data and knowledge to advance science and society.
The international science support programme COST is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. Officially, Latvia became a member of the programme in 1999, while Latvian researchers have participated COST actions since 1997.
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