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Science communication and citizen science are closely linked in that they both involve engaging the public in scientific activities. Citizen science projects often rely on effective science communication to attract participants and to ensure that volunteers have the necessary information and tools to make meaningful contributions.

At the same time, citizen science can also serve as a valuable means of science communication, as participants can share their experiences and insights with a wider audience. By promoting public participation in scientific research and communicating the results of that research to the public, citizen science, and science communication can work together to foster greater understanding, awareness, and appreciation of science among people of all backgrounds and ages.

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The participants at the Newsera Final conference.

So for our latest episode of Step Change Conversation, we were joined by Joana Magalhães, senior researcher for Science For Change, an organisation that promotes collaborative science through engagement with citizens and multiple stakeholders, and coordinators of the Newsera Project, that aimed to promote citizen science and science communication.

The Newsera project recently finished, and hosted its final conference was held on March 29, 2023.

We discuss a little about how they worked with citizen science initiatives, stakeholders, journalists, and science communicators, and how citizen science can be used to create a new paradigm for science communication.

Check out our full conversation in the video below:

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Joana for talking with us, and massive congratulations to the entire Newsera team for their fantastic work!

Find out more about the results of the Newsera project here.