Science--Citizen participation


A guide from Nesta’s Inclusive Innovation team
30 Aug 2018

This guide draws on the observations and learnings of Nesta's Inclusive Innovation team, exploring why public involvement is essential and sharing seven key principles that could form the basis of a new model of public engagement in decision-making about research, technology and innovation.


13 Jan 2017

If you visit the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) exhibition, now at the Queensland Museum, you’ll see the recreation of a moment when the scientist who saw the first results indicating discovery of the Higgs boson laments she can’t yet tell anyone.

It’s a transitory...


1 Mar 2016

Summary: An innovative non-profit European initiative co-funded by the European Commission to demonstrate how a technological tool, coupled to a broad network of leading media, research institutions, researchers, civil society organisations, and citizens, can help policy makers to make better use of all knowledge...


14 Feb 2016

This report is based on a collaborative project between RMIT and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria. It draws on qualitative research conducted in two environmental ‘hotspots’ in Melbourne - Clayton South and the Brooklyn Region - by a team of researchers at RMIT University. A...


22 Oct 2015

ClimateWatch was developed by Earthwatch with the Bureau of Meteorology and The University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia's plants and animals. The first continental phenology project in the Southern Hemisphere, ClimateWatch enables...


19 Oct 2015

The Participatory Monitoring and Management Partnership (PMMP) is an international collaborative network for local leaders and communities working with participatory monitoring and management of natural resources. The Partnership seeks to transform the way the world monitors and manages natural resources by improving the quality and...


16 Oct 2015

WildLab is the Wildlife Biology Lab at Western Sydney University. We are based at Hawkesbury (Richmond) and we research and consult on Australian Native & Pest Animal ecology & management.

WildLab is headed by Dr Ricky Spencer, who is a Senior Lecturer of Zoology,...


12 Oct 2015

Australians are invited to count birds in their backyard from 19 – 25 October 2015 and to submit their findings via an app to contribute to the overall picture of bird life in Australia.


14 Aug 2015

National Science Week kicks off this weekend, and we're all being urged to don the safety glasses and get involved. If you haven't touched a bunsen burner since high school, never fear — there are plenty of ways for those of us with limited scientific...


9 Aug 2015

These toolkits provide information about how to foster a professional community dedicated to more and better science and technology festivals.

The toolkits include guidelines on how to implement discovery days, astronomy nights and neighbourhood science to engage communities, and also provide planning, reporting and...

Discussion paper

23 Jul 2015


Citizen science brings scientists and the wider community together to work on important scientific projects. It has played a central and celebrated role in the advancement of global knowledge.

From amateur astronomers tracking the transit of Venus in 1874 to the...


15 Jul 2015

A unique collaboration and innovative analysis assessing the State of Australia’s birds, this Headline report introduces Australia’s ground breaking longitudinal study to track trends in terrestrial bird population over 15 years – the Terrestrial Bird Index.

A first for the southern hemisphere, the Terrestrial...



13 May 2015

Citizen scientists’ important contributions to biodiversity conservation are constrained by their focus on data collection and public outreach in wealthy, accessible places. Sustainable conservation actions require initiatives such as those supported by the Participatory Monitoring and Management Partnership ( ), in which data collected...


27 Feb 2012

The Department of State Development, Business and Innovation has been tracking community attitudes and engagement with science and technology since its benchmarking survey in 2007, Community Interest and Engagement with Science and Technology in Victoria Research Report (prepared by Quantum Market Research). Another survey, Community...



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