Citizen science and traffic counting

By Mariliza Merti / Updated: 08 Jun 2021
Thursday 02 September 2021, 09:00 to 12:30
Online, Europe-wide

In recent years, citizen science has been on the rise: volunteers are assisting scientific research by collecting data, carrying out measurements, and conducting tests. Indeed, more and more local authorities are actively working with their residents on research projects. Involving residents is not just a cost-effective way to collect data, but it also increases public support. Residents not only gain insight into the data they collect, but also feel more involved.

However, there are still many challenges, especially when the citizen science project uses a technical tool or when the data are linked to a complex context. How do you make sure your citizen science project reaches everyone? How do you make sure everyone understands the context of your research project's data? How do you make sure that the people involved stay motivated? How do you turn the citizens engaging in citizen science research into scientists?

What you will learn?

This training is about citizen engagement in the form of traffic counting. You will:

  • Learn to understand the concept of citizen science and how it ties into traffic counting.
  • Get an overview of examples and lessons learned related to these.
  • Gain useful insights into the use of citizen science in the design of user-oriented mobility policy.
Who should participate?

All of those that are involved in the following activity types:

  • Citizen engagement
  • Sustainable urban mobility planning
  • Data collection, monitoring and evaluation

See below the programme for this training session (subject to change):

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Introduction to citizen science and traffic counting
  • Overview of practical examples
  • Designing a traffic study at local level
  • Engaging with the public
  • Group work
  • Conclusions and wrap-up

The programme elements will be delivered through a mix of expert presentations, plenary discussions, and interactive working forms and group work.