All New Zealanders should feel encouraged and equipped to deal with the challenges and opportunities presented by science and technology, and be capable of participating in debates involving science. We need an environment that helps New Zealanders to use our natural curiosity to interrogate, decide on and make the most of new developments and technologies.
Participatory science is a method of undertaking scientific research where community groups and science professionals work together in a meaningful way on locally-relevant scientific research projects. Participatory science goes beyond scientists crowd-sourcing their data. It builds a true partnership between scientists and the broader community.
The Participatory Science Platform (PSP) initiative was identified in the Science in Society strategic plan, A Nation of Curious Minds, and developed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry of Education with close involvement of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.
The PSP builds on the popularity of citizen science, but rebalances the relationship between the lay person and scientist through a highly collaborative approach.
For further information about the PSP initiative nationally please see: www.curiousminds.nz/psp