Rathenau: involve citizens

Rathenau: involve citizens

Citizens are happy to lend a hand in scientific research. Equally, scientists would do well to involve them more often in the substance of the research, argues the Rathenau Institute in a new report. As successful examples, the Rathenau Institute cites the National Science Agenda, which emerged in 2015 from some 12,000 questions from society, and the National Garden Bird Count, in which almost 200,000 people took part just last month. It clearly can be done, but it happens too little. To make it more attractive to involve citizens in their research, funders could include citizen involvement as a criterion when awarding grants and subsidies, suggests the Rathenau. (HOP, Evelien Flink)

HOP Hoger Onderwijs Persbureau

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