Yaela comes from the world of molecular biology, where she conducted research, taught and guided students for several years. She obtained her B.A. in Plant Science from the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot, and her M.A. in Molecular Biology from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
The segregation of research topics from the public agenda, and lack of public awareness to the importance of scientific research, dialog and engagement, brought Yaela to fields of science communication and public participation in scientific research.
Currently, Yaela is a doctoral student at the Technion under the joint academic supervision of Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari from the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology and Prof. Barak Fishbain from the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
She is studying the growing field of citizen science and is leading “Sensing the Air“- a public participation project in air quality research. The project aims to engage the public in joint scientific research efforts, to hear the local voice and be a part of it.
Yaela’s research project “Public Participation in Air Quality Research in Haifa: Theory into Practice” investigates the involvement of the public in scientific research and examines how lay people understand and use science in their day-to-day lives. Yaela further investigates the enhancement of public engagement with science through implementation of citizen science projects.
In her free time between work, studies, teaching and three beautiful children, she hopes to someday have time for her other hobbies – painting, swimming, hiking and gardening.
Golumbic, Y.N., Baram-Tsabari, A., & Fishbain B. (2016) Participation of school students in scientific air-quality research. Proceedings of Indoor Air 2016.
Webinar: Citizen Science in a Global Perspective (2016)
Golumbic, Y.N., Orr, D., Baram-Tsabari, A., and Fishbein, B. (Accepted). Between vision and reality: A Case Study of Scientists’ Views on Citizen Science. Citizen Science Theory and Practice.
Golumbic, Y.N. (2015). What Makes Citizen Science Projects Successful, and What Can We Learn from Them for Future Projects? Technion Citizen Science Project (TCSP) report. (2015), 1–56.
“The information revolution: the citizens who help scientists” [Hebrew], Globes, August 26, 2017
“Something in the Air” [Hebrew], Zavit – A News Agency for Science and the Environment, June 15, 2016
“From Pollution to Cats: Citizens in White Coats” [Hebrew], Ynet, June 24, 2015