CIVITAS online training – Citizen science and traffic counting


Citizen Engagement Digitalisation Smart Mobility

CIVITAS invites you to join its online training session on 2 September, 09:00 – 12:30 CEST, to learn about the miracles of traffic counting and citizen engagement. Sign up here.

In recent years, citizen science has been on the rise: volunteers are assisting scientific research by collecting data, carrying out measurements, and conducting tests. Indeed, more and more local authorities are actively working with their residents on research projects. Involving residents is not just a cost-effective way to collect data, but it also increases public support. Residents not only gain insight into the data they collect, but also feel more involved.

However, there are still many challenges, especially when the citizen science project uses a technical tool or when the data are linked to a complex context. How do you make sure your citizen science project reaches everyone? How do you make sure everyone understands the context of your research project’s data? How do you make sure that the people involved stay motivated? How do you turn the citizens engaging in citizen science research into scientists?

This training is about citizen engagement in the form of traffic counting. You will:

  • Learn to understand the concept of citizen science and how it ties into traffic counting.
  • Get an overview of examples and lessons learned related to these.
  • Gain useful insights into the use of citizen science in the design of user-oriented mobility policy.


All of those that are involved in the following activity types:

  • Citizen engagement
  • Sustainable urban mobility planning
  • Data collection, monitoring and evaluation


See below the programme for this training session (subject to change):

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Introduction to citizen science and traffic counting
  • Overview of practical examples
  • Designing a traffic study at local level
  • Engaging with the public
  • Group work
  • Conclusions and wrap-up

The programme elements will be delivered through a mix of expert presentations, plenary discussions, and interactive working forms and group work.

The training runs from 9:00 – 12:30 CEST on 2 September and it is recommended that participants plan in a 15-minute buffer after this in case there is a lot to debate! Participants are invited to start logging into the platform from 8:45 onwards.


Our experienced team will ensure a unique online training experience. This training session will be delivered by:

  • Elke Franchois | Mobiel21 | Leuven (Belgium)
  • Kris Vanherle | WeCount | Telraam
  • Giovanni Maccani | WeCount | Ideas for change
  • Teije Gorris | DTV Consultants & CIVITAS ELEVATE | Breda (the Netherlands)
  • Kim Heerkens | DTV Consultants & CIVITAS ELEVATE| Breda(the Netherlands)


Registration is easy – go this link - then follow the steps below:

Step 1: Create a user account

  • Go to the top right and click: “sign up” to create a user account. Note that you are in charge of your account. If you would like to delete it after the training, then you can do so.
  • Once you have completed the form, click “create account”.
  • You will be requested to confirm your account by email. Check your inbox and spambox for an automatically generated email.
  • After confirmation you have created an account

Step2: Enrol in the training session of your choice

  • Log in using your credentials
  • Select the training(s) of your choice and click “get this course”

Step 3: Get informed and prepared

  • Once you have enrolled, you will be able to access the relevant login information to the training session that we will organize in Zoom.