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Citizen Science

Pilot citizen science projects are being developed and tested in France, Ireland, Norway and Hungary.
The call to apply for funding to launch RadoNorm citizen science projects will open on 7 November 2022 and will close on 17 February 2023.

One of the RadoNorm goals is to support local communities and citizens to launch citizen science projects in the field of radon. For this, four pilot citizen science projects are developed and tested in France, Ireland, Norway and Hungary. The results of the pilot projects will help to develop recommendations for empowering citizen science initiatives related to radon exposure.

RadoNorm pilot citizen science projects are included in the eu-citizen.science and scistarted database.

These pilot initiatives will help to support the creation of a network of citizen science projects in different European countries. For this, RadoNorm will open a call and will invite any interested party (e.g. local communities, NGOs, universities, social civil groups, etc) to apply for funding to conduct a citizen science initiative on radon in their community. RadoNorm consortium partners and individuals cannot apply.

RadoNorm researchers organised an expert consultation to investigate the potential of citizen science for effective radon measurement and mitigations, in co-operation with SHARE and IAEA and as part of the RICOMET2020 conference. You can watch the recording here.

RadoNorm researchers published an article on “Evaluation of citizen science contributions to radon research” in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity in 2021. The paper can be downloaded from the RadoNorm website:  https://www.radonorm.eu/publications/scientific-papers/.

For further information please contact the citizen science calls email address: cscalls@radonorm.eu

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PILOT CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS

Ireland Pilot Citizen Science project

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Ireland and Wexford libraries have a loan scheme for digital radon monitors. As part of the RadoNorm project, Wexford libraries, the Healthy Wexford group and researchers from RadoNorm have contacted citizens within the community who having borrowed a digital monitor or carried out a three month test, found high levels of radon in their homes and have not yet remediated and  invited them to become citizen scientists. They can do this by taking part in a pilot project to co-design and test a Do It Yourself (DIY) remediation toolkit. Interested citizens will:

  • Take part in a workshop to co-design the DIY toolkit which includes information on remediation options (explanatory video) and professional advice on remediation tailored to their house type,
  • Test the DIY toolkit in their homes,
  • After testing the toolkit, provide feedback on how it can be improved and carry out a follow up three-month test in their home.

 

France Pilot Citizen Science project

The project was born by considering the low diagnostic/remediation rate after radon measurement in homes and the lack of diagnostic/remediation professionals in France. An on-line self-evaluation tool (V.1) was developed in the framework of the Jurat-Bat project, to help identify potential origins of radon in private buildings and recommend appropriate remediation action depending on the characteristics of the building. This citizen science project was an opportunity for citizens and radon/building experts to test the tool, identify improvements and co-create an effective and user-friendly self-evaluation tool (V.2), also bringing citizen’s common knowledge and perception in the tool. The project included also the development of a protocol aiming to compare the radon diagnosis performed by the self-evaluation tool with a human expert with 1-2 participants. CEPN developed the protocol and facilitated the meetings with the citizens which took place between May and July 2022. Attracting participants to the project proved extremely challenging. The results of the project are currently being analysed.

 

Norway Pilot Citizen Science project

Norway Pilot Citizen Science project takes place in Gjøvik municipality in collaboration with the intermunicipal public service company Miljørettet helsevern IKS . The pilot project started with an open workshop at the local library on 31st August, where citizens were invited to discuss the barriers to remediation and decide what the scope of the project will be. The main identified barriers by citizens included availability of measurement tools and lack of information with regard to simple mitigation options among other aspects. Therefore, the citizen science pilot project in Norway is launching a measurement campaign with free measurements made available for up to 100 local residents at the same time as citizens and experts will work together to develop an information package about different mitigation options. After the measurement period is finished, another open workshop will be organized with the focus on mitigation.

Further information available at:  nmbu.no/radon (in Norwegian)

 

Hungary Pilot Citizen Science project

The aim of the RadoNorm pilot citizen science project in Hungary is to test whether it is feasible to develop a toolkit that consists of several low-cost sensors, that is suitable for measuring several air quality and radiation components. In the first step of our study, workshops will be organised for secondary school students of 16 to 18 years old in two high schools in Budapest (ELTE Radnóti Miklós Gyakorló Általános Iskola és Gimnázium and Budai Ciszterci Szent Imre Gimnázium). Interested students are invited to become citizen scientists. They will develop the toolkit and test it through a series of short-term individual measurements at different locations in school and at participants’ homes. The results will be interpreted in cooperation with the researchers. The project will include an interdisciplinary component, as students will also develop the technical documentation of the toolkit in easy-to-understand English, in collaboration with students of design and communication, who will accompany the development and testing process.

At least three workshops will be organised in each institution: one at the beginning, one in the middle and one at the end of the project. However, the lead partner will meet with teachers every week to follow up the citizen science project and will decide whether more workshops are needed.

OPEN CALL FOR CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS

SECTION: OPEN CALL FOR CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS

RadoNorm is looking to fund and support citizen science initiatives related to radon testing or radon mitigation in radon prone areas. RadoNorm is seeking to partner with:

  • New citizen science projects on radon looking for support, financial and otherwise, to grow and become sustainable;
  • Communities interested in co-designing research into radon;
  • Organisations in the public and private sectors exploring the use of citizen science in their work related to radon measurements and/or radon remediation.

RadoNorm will provide funding for a six-month project, alongside dedicated activities, resources and tools to set up and run the project. You will have the chance work together with RadoNorm researchers and professionals to tailor the support you need to achieve your goals.

The call will open on the European Radon Day 7 November 2022 and will close in 17 February 2023. A webinar will be organised on 17th January 2023 at 17:00h (CET) to help potential applicants to prepare their proposals.

RadoNorm partners are not eligible to apply for a citizen science project, but they can help external organisations from the consortium (e.g. universities, local authorities, schools, civic groups, etc) to apply for a project.

Check the guide for applicants and FAQs  document here.

You can download the application form here and declaration of honour.

Check the document “RadoNorm citizen science overview

Watch the recorded CS Webinar.

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