Osnat Atias


Osnat Atias, Ph.D. Student

I’m a PhD student jointly supervised by Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari from the Technion, and Prof. Yael Kali from the University of Haifa. My research focuses on citizen science, a broad field of practice in which anyone can actively take part in scientific research and help advance science in various disciplinary domains. As a form of public engagement with science, citizen science bridges between science and non-scientists and supports the democratization of scientific data and knowledge. 

I’ve previously completed a double major B.A. in Biology and Computer Sciences at Tel-Aviv University. Following my appreciation to both areas of interest, I studied for an M.Sc. degree in the Plant Sciences department at Tel-Aviv University, researching bioinformatic methods for analyzing genomic data. 

After a few years of undertaking several occupations, including teaching science at middle-school and working as a commercial site manager, I’ve found myself drawn to doing research again, choosing Science Education as a field of interest. Fascinated by the promise of citizen science as a field of practice and research, I joined the Taking Citizen Science to Schools research center, where I’m now doing my doctoral studies and research.

My thesis is about citizen science in schools, and in particular, cases in which schools and scientists form partnerships around citizen science projects. Such partnerships place school-based education within authentic contexts and challenge both schools and scientists who need to interact across communal and cultural boundaries. I examine what kinds of learning occur within these partnerships in three groups of participants: students, teachers and scientists, and how they affect the practices and beliefs of those involved. 


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Building Mutualistic Partnerships Between Schools and Scientists