European Marine Board policy brief on Marine Citizen Science


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Citizen Science allows collaboration between scientists and the public to co-generate greater knowledge and understanding of nature and environment: marine Citizen Science is rapidly gaining interest and there are many smartphone applications available.

Co-operation between science and society enables the collection and analysis of data on much larger scales of time, space and sheer numbers than would be possible for science alone. This is turn can provide a concrete scientific basis of evidence which can inform and support marine policy. Citizen Science is therefore not just a means for education, is also a means to empowerment; concerning its implementation in the marine environment, Citizen Science is a powerful tool in striving for a truly ocean literate society.

The European Marine Board, pan-European platform, established in 1995 to facilitate enhanced cooperation between European marine science organizations, has prepared a policy brief and a position paper to answer the question “Why Marine Citizen Science?”, in which the wide scope of applications in marine science research is presented. The documents also looks at future opportunities with regard to the use of technology.

The policy brief is available at: 

The position paper is available at: 

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