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“Citizen Science Close To Space” – project is co-financed by the Visegrad Fund. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Citizen science is a research in which volunteers cooperate with professional researchers, as well as the form of scientific education, the form of cooperation in research and social movement. Citizen science is a new dimension of civil society. This is an evolving form of education consisting in gathering observations by project participants. The consortium members representing all V4 countries intends to answer the above by popularization of citizen science (in the field of near space exploration and research). Presently, due to technological progress more and more people can have a hands-on experience with space research. This is particularly important due to increasing relevance of space in our lives and for the economy. Space technologies give our society unprecedented opportunities and benefits. One of them is the potential to be able to harness the curiosity and skills of engineers and scientists, as well as citizens resulting in unique projects. Projects involving society in science are still not very popular. The consortium encourages society and individuals to participate in citizen science. The project proves that science is available to everyone and anyone can become a scientist. The project also has an additional dimension. Specific project objectives are strengthening cooperation between consortium members and promotion of V4 dimension.

The main project objective is to organize the international conference during which hobbyists from V4 countries will share with their experience and achievements in near space exploration. Moreover, during the workshops general public visiting Innovation Centre Mill of Knowledge will have an opportunity to take part in various „space” activities”. As a result of intended project is to increase the number of young people choosing scientific career. Conference will take place on September 22nd 2018 in the Innovation Centre Mill of Knowledge (Toruń, Poland).

The intended project is to encourage young hobbyists to develop their interest in stratospheric research and to show kids during workshops that science and technology are not beyond their comprehension. Therefore, the purpose of intended project is to organize an international conference for near space research hobbyists (students, school and academic teachers). During the event, they will share their experience and present their achievements. The highlight of the event will be loss of stratospheric balloons. Moreover, during the conference will be organized workshops open for the members of general public visiting Innovation Centre Mill of Knowledge.

Space exploration is dynamic sphere of scientific research and business opportunities. Therefore, it is necessary for V4 countries to participate in the scientific and technological development in this area. The crucial factor are human resources (skilled and experienced workers). In order to fulfill the demand generated by local and international companies representing booming space sector more and more young people should choose career in science and technology. The most effective way to do that is to interest them in embarking on this career path by igniting their imagination with a hand – on space experience.

PARTNERS: 

Fundacja Copernicus Project

Rozgarty | Poland

Magyar Asztronautikai Tarsasag

Budapest | Hungary

Slovenska organizacia pre vesmirne aktivity

Bratislava | Slovakia

Ceska kosmicka kancelar

Praha | Czech Republic

PROJECT LEADER: 

Centrum Nowoczesności Młyn Wiedzy

Toruń | Poland

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.