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On May 13th, the IMPETUS team welcomed our second cohort of citizen science projects to our 2024 Accelerator! Although the programme does not officially start until June, we invited the projects to join our extensive two-week boot camp to stretch those citizen science muscles and ensure they are ready for their seven-month journey.

Over these two weeks, the IMPETUS team conducted a series of trainings and webinars, covering topics such as Data and Ethics, Measuring Impact, Citizen Engagement, and Policy (to name a few). It was an intense but fruitful couple of weeks to make sure that both the kick-starting and sustaining projects are ready to go in June.

This time around, our accelerator focuses on three main challenges:

  • Sustainable Lifestyles (20 projects- 14 kickstarting, 6 sustaining)
  • Justice and Equity (16 kickstarting, 7 sustaining)
  • and Citizen Science for and With Communities (3 kickstarting projects)

The 2024 cohort consists of 47 projects spanning 16 countries of the European Research Area. These projects use citizen science practices to conduct investigations into topics such as air pollution, health, climate, mobility, food, sustainability, and waste.

It has been a delight to get to know our 2024 cohort better and learn what areas they excel at and where they may need additional support. Over the next seven months, we cannot wait to see how far they will go.

We would also like to thank the Science For Change team for all their fantastic work organising this extensive boot camp programme!

Be sure to check in with us in June when we officially launch the accelerator.

What does Citizen Science mean to our 2024 Accelerator cohort?

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