Strengthening the connection between society and science - hence creating impact - is high on the University of Twente's agenda. After all, contributing to solutions for major social issues requires a high level of mutual commitment. This is why the UT is realizing the Citizen Science Hub Twente, which will have a spider-in-the-web role within UT's citizen science activities.
There are already many great examples of citizen science within UT. In numerous faculties, citizens, civic organizations or representatives play a role in research that goes beyond being research objects. The hub plays a connecting role between the various initiators, but also in making connections with education activities and the outside world.
The new Citizen Science Hub Twente website gives an insight into and overview of what is happening in the field of citizen science at the University of Twente It considers some of the initiatives already underway (like ITC’s Geo Citizen Science Hub and TOPFIT Citizenlab), but also looks at the future role.
The hub stems from the activities of the Shaping Expert Group (SEG) on Citizen Science. The SEG looked at what is needed to sustainably strengthen the relationship between the university and society, as part of implementing UT's strategy. The intention is to hold a networking event later this spring to further connect the various stakeholders. So keep an eye on the agenda on the UT website. Can't wait to get started with citizen science, and want to get in touch? Do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See also: INCENTIVE (setting up Citizen Science Hubs in Europe: https://incentive-project.eu/)