prof. dr. Eric van Gorp, prof. dr. Frederique Bartumeus
Erasmus Medical Centre, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Barcelona
With a need for large amounts of data, researchers see citizen participation as an advantageous method to collect invaluable data quickly and to educate the public on scientific knowledge. The ideas of citizen science are rooted in the educational theory of participatory action research (PAR), thus, incorporating citizen science plans into school curriculums to increase student interest, curiosity and knowledge in scientific fields. Currently, educational programs mainly exist across the fields of ecology, environmental health, genomics and genetics, and microbiology. There is a clear gap in programs that focus on infectious disease surveillance using a one health approach. For the Track 7 One Health PACT project (Citizens and surveillance with focus on high schools), we will fill the gap by creating citizen science programs at schools across the Netherlands and Spain. The programs will utilize the Mosquito Alert application in which teachers and students will both be trained on how to use the application and how to report mosquitos and breeding sites. In addition, students will work on other projects related the application and the data produced. Data collected from the project will be used to analyse the impact of school and educational programs in the context of citizen science research programs and, more specifically, in mosquito surveillance models (data quality, accuracy, and biases).
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