We are wrapping up a very successful first year of participation in the Citizen Science Network and are sending you our last set of citizen science news for the year.

A new project has been added to the project catalogue:

Geographical atlas of natural disasters in Slovenia

 We now have 59 projects published on the website, 20 of which are also in the European Project Database

Open infrastructure for citizen science projects:

Following the example of some similar organisations abroad, we have decided to compile a catalogue of open (research) infrastructure available to citizen science projects. Such infrastructure can include the various facilities, instruments, services and premises that partner organisations provide for the implementation of citizen science projects. These include, for example, various measuring instruments that can be borrowed, laboratory and workshops where project work can be carried out, meeting and presentation rooms, access to literature, software and various consultancy services. Most of these facilities should be available free of charge to citizen science projects, but in some cases the use of them is subject to membership fees (e.g. libraries) or certain small costs (e.g. preparation of instruments, etc.). We are aware that most institutions do not have instruments or laboratories that they can simply lend out to third parties, but you may have some facilities (lecture theatres or meeting rooms) that you could occasionally make available for meetings or presentations related to citizen science projects. You could also offer literature in your professional library (which is probably already open to the public). If you have any of the types of infrastructure described above and are willing to make it available (at least occasionally) for citizen science, we invite you to contact us at .

This time, we have prepared the following set of news for you:

  • Exhibition VIEWERS – DOPPS BirdLife Slovenia – Did you know that birds are the most studied group of animals and indicators of changes in the natural environment? Are you interested in how each of us can get involved in their research? Find out all about birds, the protection of our common space, the role of the Birdwatching Society and opportunities for participation in an exceptional exhibition and lecture at the opening of the exhibition.
  • CITIZENSCIENCE GAMES – Whether you’re interested in birds, the environment, quantum physics or biological hackers, there’s always a science project to suit your interests. Citizen Science Games is designed to introduce… well, games about citizen science! is both a news website and a rich collection of citizen science games, science journal articles and publications from science journals.
  • Science in November: from citizen science to the ERC project – The month is over and once again, in the last episode of November, Frekvence X has gathered and selected some of the highlights of the past month’s scientific research. This time, they focused in particular on the first National Citizen Science Day, whose ambassador is Dr. Zarja Muršič.
  • Climate goals and contents in education – The website of the Andragogical Centre of the Republic of Slovenia offers various materials related to the citizen science project Climate goals and contents in education
  • Natural History Museum of Slovenia and Citizen Science – Every autumn and spring we can witness one of the most amazing stories written by migratory birds. Their migration is most often caused by a shortage of food in a certain area due to the change of seasons. The most important factor determining the timing of migration is usually the length of the day, so the flight schedule of most birds does not change much from year to year. At this time, you may see the last flocks of cranes (Grus grus) in the sky, which you can identify by their V-shaped formations and loud trumpeting. One method of monitoring bird migration is ringing.
  • They are not scary! Bats. Take photos and report them to – The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are lower and nature is preparing for its winter rest. Hibernation is a biological process that is one of the adaptations in which animals slow down their bodily functions in order to survive a prolonged period of food deprivation, low temperatures or other adverse conditions. It is also during this period that animals hibernate, and because of their nocturnal nature and appearance, they are often associated with myths and misconceptions and superstitions. These fascinating animals are bats!
  • Expert Discussion: “The State of Citizen Science and Its Role in the Funding Framework for Scientific Research” – The Public Agency for Scientific Research and Innovation of the Republic of Slovenia (ARIS) hosted an expert discussion titled “The State of Citizen Science and Its Role in the Funding Framework for Scientific Research” on Monday, December 18, 2023, at 10:00 AM. Attendees included representatives from the Central Technical Library of the University of Ljubljana, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, a citizen science ambassador, and members of project teams from research organizations that already incorporate elements of citizen science in their work.
  • Let’s bite the science: citizen science – For the last 124 years, 10,000 American volunteers have been counting birds every year at Christmas time. This is one of the oldest examples of citizen science, in which volunteers actively participate in scientific research. We Slovenians are also active co-researchers. Volunteers used a special device to observe how their habits, such as cooking, smoking and ventilation, affect the air quality in their homes. The programme Biting Science: Citizen Science on Thursday 21 December at 17.15 on Televizija Slovenija 1

In conclusion, we wish you a peaceful holiday season and a year full of exciting experiences and remarkable achievements. We look forward to working with you in 2024.

Kind regards, Andreja Vovk Iskrić

Informative photo news CS.SI; source: CTK
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