Pilot citizen science projects will be developed and tested in France, Ireland, Norway and Romania.
The call will open in October 2022 and will close in January 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 will be developed and tested in France, Ireland, Norway and Romania. The results of the pilot projects will help to develop recommendations for empowering citizen science initiatives related to radon exposure.
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.
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 will contact citizens within the community who have found high levels of radon in their homes and have not yet remediated and invite 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 focus group 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.
France Pilot Citizen Science project
The project is born by considering the low diagnostic/remediation rate after radon measurement in homes and the lack of diagnostic/remediation professionals in France. An informatic self-evaluation tool (V.1) was developed in the framework of the Jurat-Bat project to prescribe appropriate remediation actions against radon. The tool is not finalized and need to be tested. There is an opportunity for citizens and radon/building experts to co-create an effective and user-friendly self-evaluation tool (V.2), also bringing citizen’s common knowledge and perception in the tool. CEPN is developing the protocol and the schedule of this citizen science project, to take place in the first part of 2022.
Norway Pilot Citizen Science project
Norway Pilot Citizen Science project will take place in Gjøvik municipality in collaboration with the environmental health care company Miljørettet helsevern IKS and the City Lab Bylab i Gjøvik. The pilot project will start with an open workshop at the local library, where citizens will be invited to discuss the barriers to remediation and decide what the scope of the project will be.
Further information available at: https://www.nmbu.no/en/services/centers/cerad/research/ra4/umb4c/radon-og-folkeforskning (in Norwegian)
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 to co-design and try out the RadoNorm toolkit and work together with RadoNorm researchers and professionals to tailor the support you need to achieve your goals.
The call will open in October 2022 and will close in January 2023. More information will follow soon.