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Trinity College Dublin and The Irish Times partner on Citizen Science Initiative

Citizen Science is the term used to describe any scientific endeavour that involves people who are not professional scientists. Throughout 2018, Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Times will be working to raise awareness of this increasingly important approach to research by developing and promoting a number of citizen science projects.

Members of the public are warmly encouraged to contribute by answering online questionnaires around different scientific topics, with their responses then used to inform real research. Every few weeks, a new online questionnaire will appear, alongside an article penned by a scientist. People can still contribute to previous questionnaires if they choose.

Dr Joseph Roche from the School of Education is leading the initiative for Trinity and has written the first article in the series below. New articles will appear on this page as they are published and can be found on social media using the hashtag: #CitizenScienceIE

Alongside Trinity and the Irish Times, this initiative also has the support of the Environmental Protection Agency and Science Foundation Ireland through its Discover Programme. Feedback, suggestions and questions are welcome at: info@citizenscience.ie

We are very excited about the prospect of helping different communities to work with scientists and tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society. There are already lots of great citizen science projects all over Ireland and this partnership with the Irish Times will help to raise awareness of what is going on and how we can all get involved
Joseph Roche

The School of Education is open to applications from people interested in studying citizen science at PhD and M.Ed level. Citizen science is a key component of the M.Ed. in Science Education.