In mid-October, the open access book “Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy:” was published by UCL Press. By reaching out far and wide, and providing a set of 31 chapters that cover different issues in the interface between citizen science, open science, social innovation, and policy, it was aimed to create a useful volume that can serve the different audiences that are interested in citizen science. It can also be interesting for the science communication community.

The book covers many aspects of citizen science – from capacity building and the ten principles of citizen science to case studies in different parts of the world as well as thoughts about storytelling in citizen science.

The book is free and you can now download it from UCL Press website:

About the book: Citizen science, the active participation of the public in scientific research projects, is a rapidly expanding field in open science and open innovation. It provides an integrated model of public knowledge production and engagement with science. As a growing worldwide phenomenon, it is invigorated by evolving new technologies that connect people easily and effectively with the scientific community. Catalysed by citizens’ wishes to be actively involved in scientific processes, as a result of recent societal trends, it also offers contributions to the rise in tertiary education. In addition, citizen science provides a valuable tool for citizens to play a more active role in sustainable development.

Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy identifies and explains the role of citizen science within innovation in science and society, and as a vibrant and productive science-policy interface. The scope of this volume is global, geared towards identifying solutions and lessons to be applied across science, practice and policy. The chapters consider the role of citizen science in the context of the wider agenda of open science and open innovation, and discusses progress towards responsible research and innovation, two of the most critical aspects of science today.

Este blog cuenta con la colaboración de la Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología – Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación