Alexander introduces himself and explains why his name is on the podcast: he shares the widespread criticism of academia and scientists through the “ivory tower” metaphor, to which he can relate to based on previous experiences in significant research projects. He argues about how the topic is relevant, sharing news items from political speeches and rhetoric, i.e. anti-elitism and “anti-scientism”. Therefore, he outlines the critical mission of COESO as well as starts asking questions about the latter: what is citizen science? And why does it matter today in our societies? Can it have an impact on the way we understand our world?
Ep. 2 — Entering the rabbit hole — Exploring Citizen Science