On 19 September, the first network meeting of Young Science and Citizen Science contact points took place in the Palais Harrach in Vienna. Nearly 30 representatives of universities, universities of applied sciences, colleges of education and museums met for a first get-together and exchange of experiences.
The Young Science and Citizen Science contact persons reported on their institution's numerous experiences during the introduction round. Among other things, they mentioned participation in the Long Night of Research, the Children's University, Science goes School, Teacher goes FH and citizen science projects. It soon became clear that some institutions are already very active in the field of cooperation between science and school and/or society, while others have little experience. In order to support the institutions, the Center for Citizen Science then presented a series of initiatives such as the Citizen Science Award or the Young Science Ambassadors (Young Science-Botschafterinnen und -Botschafter), which can be used by the institutions as tools for fulfilling their "social responsibility".
Subsequently, the participants worked in three working groups to develop ideas on the topics "How can successful cooperation work in the institutions and with the Center for Citizen Science?" and "What challenges and stumbling blocks could there be?". The participants suggested e.g. organising the network meeting twice a year and exchanging ideas at the Austrian Citizen Science Conference. In the course of the meeting many things were discussed which should be further developed together at the next network meetings.
Further information on the contact points for Young Science can be found HERE, for Citizen Science HERE.