Prof. Stephen Serjeant and Dr. Hugh Dickinson

What is it?

The ESCAPE Citizen Science (CS) is an ambitious astronomy and astroparticle physics programme of scientific and public engagement that trains and educates the community in the usage and implementation of the ESCAPE services and ESFRI facilities, in line with the FAIR principles. The ESCAPE CS programme engages the society at large, namely young people, to foster innovation in science and technology, contribute to real scientific discoveries and support the implementation of EOSC via the next generation of university students, scientists and engineers, who are the future users of the ESFRI facilities.

Besides the experiments with embedded educational resources, the ESCAPE CS will provide a public engagement video series, highlighting the data-science for the ESFRI facilities opened up by the implementation of EOSC and inviting the viewers to participate in a related mass participation experiment.

Target Users?

The science-inclined public and the expert specialist science communities

What will you get from ESCAPE CS Programme?

  • Training events and international workshops
  • Digital forums for two-way dialogue with professional scientists
  • Open educational resources
  • Citizen science applications & experiments
  • Online video material, namely the “Sixty Second Adventures in Astronomy” series

What is the value added / impact?

If you're interested in astronomy or physics, and you want to make a real scientific contribution, come join our citizen science projects and be part of the open science revolution!

We provide the science-inclined public with the most accessible way to get genuinely involved in the scientific discoveries of the astronomy and physics ESFRI facilities in the EOSC. The benefits to the scientific communities are that volunteer crowdsourcing is the best approach for many complex scientific data mining problems, and it has an excellent track record for finding unexpected features missed by automated data processing. Ours is the best approach for getting the general public genuinely involved in the scientific discoveries of the astronomy and physics facilities in the European open science cloud. The citizen science methodology is uniquely well suited to many data mining challenges faced by the ESFRIs in the EOSC.

Interested in taking part of ESCAPE Citizen Science Programme?

Find the ESCAPE Citizen Science Programmes below


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