Share, initiate and learn about citizen science in Europe

The EU-Citizen.Science project is building the central platform for citizen science in Europe. It will be a place to share useful resources about citizen science, including tools and guidelines, best practices and training modules. This will make citizen science knowledge created in Europe accessible to all and enable people to initiate their own activities. It will also enable anyone involved with or interested in citizen science to learn more and get involved.

About the project

The EU-Citizen.Science project is supporting the development of citizen science across Europe by creating a central platform for sharing knowledge, initiating action and supporting mutual learning. In doing so, our core activities are to:

This platform is being developed over three years (2019-21). By autumn 2020, it will already perform several roles.

A gateway to citizen science in Europe. As the main platform for citizen science in Europe, EU-Citizen.Science will provide relevant, up-to-date information for all visitors. The platform will tailor this to different stakeholder groups, according to how and why citizen science is interesting to them, in order to motivate them to get involved or dig more deeply into the subject: 

  • A source of standards and criteria for citizen science. The platform will provide a definition and criteria of ‘good’ citizen science; these will be verified by experts in the field and agreed upon by the project partners. These will guarantee that all the resources available on the platform are of high quality.
  • A repository for citizen science resources. The platform will be a repository for a range of resources – guidelines, best practice recommendations, tools and other materials – that cover different aspects of citizen science. By making these available in one place, the platform will build a virtual library for citizen science in Europe.
  • A network of networks for citizen science. Several EU countries have existing national and local citizen science networks. The platform will support these by creating a space in which they can interact with their peers, exchange ideas and build partnerships. It will also help visitors to find inspiring citizen science initiatives across Europe, and to contact them directly.
  • A place to find training opportunities. The platform will host a series of open-access training modules on citizen science, tailored to specific stakeholder groups and focusing on capacity building for citizen science projects.

Over the course of the project, the partners will run a series of promotional activities, including workshops and conference presentations as well as newsletters and social media posts, to raise awareness of the platform and bring new users to it. To find out how to be part of these activities, subscribe to our newsletter or contact us.

To achieve this, the project partners are implementing a series of tasks, divided into eight work packages (WPs). The project deliverables – the reports and plans that guide our work – are available to download from the links below:

  1. D1.1 Data management plan
  2. D2.1 Stakeholders, network & community mapping report
  3. D2.2 Engagement and community-building plan
  4. D7.1 Evaluation & Impact Framework
Coordinate

The project will coordinate citizen science actions in Europe to share and cross-fertilise knowledge.

Engage

The project will engage with stakeholders to ensure that the platform and its content meet their needs.

Create

The project will create and populate this online platform, which will be developed over three years (2019-21).

Latest project news and updates

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Platform Functionality Requirements & Specification

At the end of 2019 we submitted one of our most important deliverables, which lays the foundations for the whole project – the ‘D2.3 Platform Functionality Requirements & Specification Report‘. In order[…]

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Project partners

The EU-Citizen.Science consortium consists of 14 partners and 9 third parties from across 14 European member states, as well as other project supporters. We represent a variety of stakeholders that are active in citizen science, including universities, non-governmental organisations, local authorities, community service organisations and museums.

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Third parties

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EU-Citizen.Science has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement No. 824580