Who's who: getting to know Flemish citizen scientists and project initiators

Annelies Duerinckx, Charlotte Hens, Jef van Laer, Karen Verstraelen
2022 Proceedings of Engaging Citizen Science Conference 2022 — PoS(CitSci2022)   unpublished
Citizen science (CS) is rapidly on the rise. This is also the case in Flanders, the Dutch speaking region of Belgium. Little is known about who these citizen scientists in Flanders are, why they take part in CS projects, and how they experience these projects. Answers to these questions would be very valuable for researchers setting up new CS projects. There is also little known about how many researchers know about CS or have experience with CS, and if they have experience with CS, their
more » ... tions for choosing a CS approach for their research, as well as barriers that they have faced. Scivil, the Flemish knowledge centre for Citizen Science, carried out two surveys in 2020 to gain insight into these questions: one survey was among citizen scientists and was used to gain insight into the personal characteristics of citizen scientists and their motivations for participating in a CS project. The other survey was conducted among Flemish scientists and probed their knowledge, experiences, and interest in CS. This paper highlights the findings of both surveys as well as the discussion of these findings that took place during the poster session at the
doi:10.22323/1.418.0085 fatcat:qtzce6xywnhmniq2mnlt24tj3y