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12 Oct 2016

LERU publishes paper on citizen science at universities

In a paper published today, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) analyses trends in citizen science, formulates actionable guidelines for scientists and gives recommendations for universities, policymakers and funders. LERU wants to support recent trends in citizen science as positive developments that help to progress science and benefit researchers and society at large.

Prof. Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General of LERU said “Citizen science can broaden the scope of research, increase the quantity of research results and improve the quality, but to do so it must also adhere to what are considered fundamental research principles, methods and procedures to ensure accuracy and validity”.

The paper offers seven guidelines and 13 recommendations for universities, research funding organisations and policy makers, from raising awareness and supporting citizen science in ethically sound ways, to developing ways of assessing and recognising citizen science in research funding and evaluation processes.

LERU will present its new advice paper in Brussels on 7 November 2016 during a breakfast launch event.

LERU paper Citizen science at universities: Trends, guidelines and recommendations

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