2018-2019 / ENVT3028-1

Citizen science


36h Th

Number of credits

 Master in agroecology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in environmental science and management (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in environmental science and management (60 ECTS)4 crédits 


François Melard, Pierre M. Stassart


Charlotte Breda, Philippe Chamaret


Pierre M. Stassart

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course on Citizen science proceeds from a reflection on old and new experiments on the place citizens from inside the scientific activity to activism.
The course deals with several issues:

  • a presentation of the controversy on the place of the public in the emergence of new forms of knowledge and actions between sciences and societies.
  • an introduction on the emergence and the development of alternative practices to more conventional scientific activity (Community-based-Science); and more precisely on distributed monitoring practices (Community-based-Monitoring), as in the fields of noise and olfactive pollutions, biodiversity, or electromagnetic fields management).
This seminar will be the occasion to meet experts or witnesses of concrete experiments of monitoring of local environments and their articulation to regional, national or international public policies.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

There are no prerequisites

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Elaborations on the basis of scientific litteratures and professional and amateur practioners.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)


Recommended or required readings

Conrad, C. C., & Hilchey, K. G. (2011). A review of citizen science and community-based environmental monitoring: issues and opportunities. Environmental Monitoring and Assessement(176), 273-291.
Charvolin, F. (2010). La réussite du programme Feederwatch vue par les profanes : un compte-rendu critique. Des sciences citoyennes? : la question de l'amateur dans les sciences naturalistes. F. Charvolin, A. Micoud and L. K. Nyhart. La Tour-d'Aigues, France, Aube: 202-218.   
Whatmore, S. J. and C. Landström (2011). "Flood apprentices: an exercise in making things public." Economy and Society 40(4): 582-610.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written report.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


François Mélard - f.melard@ulg.ac.be Tél.: 063/230 901
Pierre Stassart - p.stassart@ulg.ac.be Tél.: 063/230 901