"Citizen science is touted as a way for the general public to contribute to
producing new knowledge. But citizen science volunteers don’t always represent
a broad cross-section of society. Rather, they’re often white, male,
middle-aged, educated and already interested in science.
This lack of representation has several problems. It can undermine the
potential of citizen science to bridge the divide between lay people and
experts. It also means fewer people benefit from the chance to advance their
informal science education and gain valuable life skills.
It’s important that citizen science projects engage volunteers from across
society, including young people. A new Australian initiative is doing just
The B&B BioBlitz aims to get school students gathering data about Australia’s
natural environment. This year’s event shows how citizen science in school can
help develop STEM skills and make gains in biodiversity research."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics