Exploring Citizen Science Funding Models with Science Foundation Ireland, Wednesday 28 February 2024

Join SFI’s Colette Kirwan and Alison Boyle for a workshop to capture the requirements and needs from the UCD community with respect to citizen science funding on Wednesday 28 February 2024 at 11am to 1pm in the UCD James Joyce Library Link 3. This will be an in-person event only and a light lunch will be provided afterwards.

This workshop facilitated by Colette Kirwan and Alison Boyle from Science Foundation Ireland (shortly to become part of Taighde Éireann – Research Ireland) will provide an opportunity for staff, researchers and stakeholders working or interested in citizen science initiatives to engage in a measured discussion regarding funding strategies . SFI are interested in capturing the requirements and needs of the research community with respect to citizen science funding and how these might potentially be addressed in the planning of new Taighde Éireann funding streams and models. Attendees can expect to contribute to discussions around potential funding models for citizen science activities, with an emphasis on pragmatic considerations, hypothetical challenges, and recommendations from previous projects.

No prior preparation is required.

Our aim is to capture the experiences and needs of the UCD research community.

  • If you have previous experience of citizen science projects – we would be delighted to hear your reflections. What are your overarching objectives for funded projects? What sorts of timelines might be needed and what sorts of barriers to participation and running of projects might need to be overcome?
  • If you don’t have previous experience of citizen science projects but are interested – what, if any, do you see as perceived barriers to entry to this field? What might you need help with (e.g. stakeholders, networking, collaborators, technology)?


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Ali Boyle: At SFI Ali is responsible for a range of programmes including national Science Week in November and education programmes to help teachers build confidence in inquiry-based learning. Ali is also a Senior Research Associate of the Science Museum, London, where she spent twenty years as a curator, and a member of UKRI’s STFC Advisory Panel for Public Engagement.

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Dr Colette Kirwan is currently on a fellowship with the SFI EPE team. She is an experienced academic with a PhD in Computer Science Education.

She has spent 10+ years in academia, with 11+ years of experience in the computing industry.  Her interests are STEM Education, pedagogy, online learning, and data management.

This is a UCD citizen science community of practice hybrid event. The UCD citizen science community of practice is supported by the UCD Library and UCD Earth Institute. To find out more, visit our website or join our mailing list.