To help scientists in their work, many societies offer participatory science residencies. Open to everyone, they allow you to participate in trials and expeditions.
Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs or explore volcanoes In the jungles of Madagascar While on vacation, this is the concept of citizen science. A formula that makes it possible to help scientists, attracts more and more people. In Paris, at the Cité des Sciences, on March 25 and 26, the Terra Scientifica exhibition is dedicated to participatory science expeditions.
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“These are useful and prosperous holidays”, The association recognizes Solin working for Objective Science International, and overseeing expeditions that connect science and the general public. “We can go and do a biodiversity inventory, try itSpot a variety of butterflies, bird species through binoculars, Solene lists. It could also be the protocol we have with INRE in Avignon to monitor so-called invasive species such as the box tree moth and the pine crawler caterpillar. It has various and diverse subjects.
“These trips or vacations allow us to collect more data over a longer period of time.”Letitia, paleontologist
Societies present their projects at the Cité des Sciences In Terra Scientifica. These expeditions are also of interest to scientists. According to Laetitia, the paleontologist: “It is very difficult for researchers to have time to go out into the field, so often they are microscopic expeditions, so they collect only a small element, whereas the goal of science is that it is meaningful, therefore very broad and comprehensive.”
You don’t need to know about fauna, flora or archeology to participate in these projects. These shelters were open to as many people as possible, recalls Sylvain, director of Objective Science International’s Biodiversity Program: “Science is not something reserved only for scientists working as researchers in an official setting”.
And Sylvain adds: “Science is something that concerns us all.We have 7-year-olds who have made scientific discoveries. It is not the scientific discoveries that give them the Nobel Prize, but the actual scientific discoveries within the framework of the projects that we implement.. Some of these practicing researchers have co-authored articles with professional scientists.