Citizen Science @ WUR

Citizen Science represents one way to connect science and society meaningfully around common matters of interest and concern. On the one hand, it provides an opportunity to restore public trust in science by helping citizens how to better understand science and by supporting them in their own pursuit of a more sustainable way of living. On the other hand, science can benefit from citizens’ close proximity to the issues and from the capacities citizens have to contribute to research.

At the moment there is no clear overview of who within WageningenUR is engaged in some form of CS. There is a need to create and overview and an entry point for both citizens and researchers. Wageningen University and Research has the ambition to create a WUR Citizen Science Portal where people can be connected to certain scientists/research groups within Wageningen UR who have experience in one or more of these ways of working with citizens and policy-makers.

The chair group ELS is offering an internship to one or two students who are interested in exploring the concept of citizen science, its institutionalization in higher education and in the design of an interface/portal that can link citizens to researchers. The internship would entail identifying and describing WUR citizen science activities and generating ideas for the design of an online Citizen Science portal.

Interested or want to know more? Please contact Arjen Wals ( (add in the CC).

Duration: In consultation

Start Date: As soon as possible

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