Citizen Science is a rapidly expanding and diversifying field of innovation with significant implications for, and potential benefits too, society, policy, and various academic research areas.
The ambition of EU-Citizen.Science is to mainstream Citizen Science in Europe. It will build and promote a platform and learning space with different tools, best practice examples that are collected, curated, and made accessible to various stakeholders. ESSRG will act as a linked third party of the ECSA (Verein der europäischen Bürgerwissenschaften).
For 36 months, the EU-Citizen.Science will coordinate the European Citizen Science landscape by developing three interconnected lines of activity:
(i) coordination of citizen science actions and leveraging of existing resources in the presently fragmented landscape of Citizen Science in Europe,
(ii) engagement of quadruple helix stakeholders at all levels (local, national and European), and
(iii) creation of mutual learning space and a set of comprehensive codesigned training modules for the different target audiences.
Moreover, following a transparent, open and inclusive approach, EU-Citizen.Science will promote interdisciplinary, cross-border, cross-sector collaboration, and give rise to significant social innovation and new business models through the creation of new partnerships and the provision of novel sustainability-supporting tools. Ecsite will lead the dissemination, exploitation, and strategic communication of the project’s events and results. The EU.Citizen.Science project involves 14 partners and nine third parties, representing 14 European Member States and a variety of stakeholders ranging from universities, NGOs, local authorities, CSOs and natural history museums, along with several other project supporters. Many of the partners are already engaged in other SwafS projects related to RRI, co-creation and citizen science, as well as numerous initiatives at the national or local level.
The main contribution of ESSRG in the EU-Citizen.Science project is to
- Act as a resource hub for citizen science at the local level to empower citizen science activities,
- Engage with existing citizen-science networks, projects and multiplier events,
- Develop recommendations for R&I policy that promotes citizen science,
- Initiate training modules in citizen science.
EU-Citizen.Science has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 824580.