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EU-Citizen.Science Video Teaser

Francisco Sanz
Sept. 14, 2020, 9:21 a.m.

We are delighted to announce the second release of our platform, with new features fostering collaboration between citizen science practitioners and enthusiasts.

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Join us now: Best Practices for citizen science data

Eu-Citizen.Science
Oct. 19, 2020, 10:25 a.m.

Working Group 3 (Data Management and Standards) of the COST Action 17122 “Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science” calls for contributions to develop metadata guidelines for publishing citizen scientist datasets

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Last workshop for the URair project

Katerina Bakousi
Oct. 16, 2020, 3:08 p.m.

On 16 September, the project URair, co-organised by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, held its last workshop.

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Supporting Environmental Democracy and the Aarhus Convention

Muki Haklay
Oct. 6, 2020, 12:21 p.m.

The Aarhus Convention establishes a set of rights for public access to environmental information, participation in decision making, and access to justice. In the revised recommendations that updates the 2005 version, Citizen science falls within the range of information sources that should be used in monitoring and managing the environment.

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Webinar: ‘Tackle odour pollution with OdourCollect'

Lucie Steigleder
Sept. 23, 2020, 9 a.m.

Join this webinar organised by Cos4Cloud on 30 September at 16:00 CEST.

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REINFORCE Webinar - How to help scientists in the Gravitational Wave noise hunt

Valeria Andreolli
Sept. 21, 2020, 10:14 a.m.

The second REINFORCE Webinar "How to help scientists in the Gravitational Wave noise hunt" will take place on 16 of October at 3PM CEST.

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Mitforschen! The Citizen Science Festival

Lucie Steigleder
Sept. 18, 2020, 1:10 p.m.

‘Mitforschen! The Citizen Science Festival’, held on 14-15 October at the KulturBrauerei in Berlin

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The EU-Citizen.Science platform is part of the GitHub Archive Program

Margaret Gold
Sept. 15, 2020, 10:10 a.m.

the EU-Citizen.Science platform will be stored for posterity as part of the GitHub Archive Program, in the Arctic Code Vault.

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Open Call for citizen science projects.

Antonella Passani
Sept. 3, 2020, 5:07 p.m.

The ACTION project launched its second open call for citizen science pilots. ACTION is looking for ongoing citizen science projects related to any form of pollution in Europe and worldwide. The call focuses on projects that are primarily carried out online.

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What is the ECSA2020 Safe Space Policy and why do we need it?

Claudia Göbel
Sept. 3, 2020, 1:03 p.m.

The Safe Space Policy for the ECSA2020 conference is a commitment by ECSA to take action against harassment during its 2020 international conference and all related activities, both online and offline. The policy states ECSA’s position - that harassment of any kind is not tolerated during the event - and lists behaviours that are considered as harassment. It also provides information on how to report harassment.

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#CitSci2020 - Will you be there?

Lucie Steigleder
Aug. 28, 2020, 9:37 a.m.

Want to meet EU-Citizen.Science at the upcoming #CitSci2020 conference? This is where we'll be.

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Tips and Tricks for Hosting a Successful Collaborative Online Meeting

Francisco Sanz
July 27, 2020, 1:05 p.m.

Cos4Cloud shares 15 lessons learned for hosting an online event.

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Walking and cycling are becoming the new normal for many people across Europe.

Francisco Sanz
July 26, 2020, 11:06 p.m.

Citizen science projects are helping to reveal changing travel habits in response to the virus outbreak. The most striking observations are the increase of bike traffic, even exceeding pre-corona levels on most days.

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The importance of global research collaboration during the health crisis and beyond

Francisco Sanz
July 26, 2020, 10:59 p.m.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important it is for research institutions around the globe to cooperate in order to achieve the same goal. Indeed, cooperation has turned out to be crucial in order to develop diagnostics, vaccines and treatments to tackle health emergencies such as COVID-19.

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What happens when staying at home is not pleasant, or even safe?

Francisco Sanz
July 26, 2020, 10:42 p.m.

Asking people to stay at home does not sound like a great sacrifice. But what happens when staying at home is not pleasant, or even safe? In our project, D-NOSES, we like to think we defend the direct environment in which we live and spend most of our time – our homes, neighbourhoods, and cities.

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CoActFrenaLaCurva project

Francisco Sanz
July 26, 2020, 10:31 p.m.

In an attempt to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and to explore co-creation through digital platforms and tools, two CoAct partners (Universitat de Barcelona and Federació Salut Mental Catalunya) developed the CoActFrenaLaCurva project devoted to investigate the mental health informal support networks in times of Coronavirus.

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Current methods in Citizen Science engagement

Francisco Sanz
July 26, 2020, 3:56 p.m.

A new citizen science research and innovation project has produced its first public report: best methods in citizen science engagement.

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What ethics for citizen science?

Francisco Sanz
July 26, 2020, 3:47 p.m.

Free and voluntary active citizen participation can take place at various levels: from simple data collection to the construction of tools such as low-cost sensors, to data analysis, to design of research protocols, and the identification of the topics to be investigated.

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Citizen science is a dialogue that should take place in public-oriented spaces

Lucie Steigleder
July 24, 2020, 4:10 p.m.

Jessica Hafetz Mirman from the University of Edinburgh worked on the elaboration of a Citizen Science app during the lockdown period.

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People were truly looking for a way to take an active part in science

Lucie Steigleder
July 19, 2020, 12:03 p.m.

Chris Lintott, co-founder of Zooniverse, shares how the platform had to adapt to the COVID pandemic.

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How we selected the starter set of resources, and curated ‘Our Selection’

Margaret Gold
July 17, 2020, 8:25 a.m.

It is part of our mandate within the EU-Citizen.Science project to take stock of the vast number of existing tools, guidelines and other materials available in and for citizen science, and to highlight, curate and organise those that are high quality and represent best practice in the field.

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Closing the gap: Citizen science for monitoring sustainable development

Francisco Sanz
July 10, 2020, 8:22 a.m.

Citizen science could help track progress towards all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An IIASA-led study, for the first time, comprehensively analyzed the current and potential contribution of citizen science data to monitor the SDGs at the indicator level.

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New-designed REINFORCE web platform to stimulate community engagement

Francisco Sanz
July 7, 2020, 8:33 a.m.

The REINFORCE project (Research Infrastructures FOR Citizens in Europe), supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 SWAFS programme, has launched its new fully-developed website.

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Webinar on the topic of Learning & Education in Citizen Science

Francisco Sanz
June 23, 2020, 2:05 p.m.

We are delighted to have hosted the first of what we hope will become a series of regular online events enabling the citizen science and learning community to share their work and raise awareness of projects, research and resources with each other and the wider citizen science community. This webinar was initiated by members of the ECSA working group on “Learning and Education in Citizen Science” and the Citizen Science COST Action WG2 - Develop synergies with education.

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Informing citizens about their data rights

Tim Woods
June 17, 2020, 9:04 a.m.

One aim of the Panelfit project is to increase the quantity and quality of the information available about ethical and legal issues posed by ICTs – to policy-makers, professionals, journalists and the general public. A major output for the latter group will be a citizens’ information pack, which will include a version tailored to the needs of vulnerable groups.

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Characteristics of Citizen Science: Q&A

Francisco Sanz
June 11, 2020, 11:38 a.m.

On 27 May 2020, ECSA and EU-Citizen.Science co-hosted a webinar about the new ‘Characteristics of citizen science’ document (you can watch the webinar here). The webinar was sold out, and there was not time to respond to all the questions asked by the audience. In this blog post, the four panellists respond to the questions unanswered on the day.

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FEATURED PROJECT: Puzzles and proteins - joining forces to decipher and defeat COVID19

Francisco Sanz
June 8, 2020, 10:44 a.m.

For those who have a keen interest in puzzles and video games, the FoldIt online platform allows you to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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Register now for the first EU-Citizen.Science and ECSA joint Webinar

Lucie Steigleder
May 22, 2020, 12:41 p.m.

The first joint webinar EU-Citizen.Science & ECSA is now open for registrations!

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Our first month - behind the scenes of the alpha-release

Margaret Gold
May 12, 2020, 11:59 a.m.

It has now been one month since we launched the first release of the EU-Citizen.Science platform, and it is a nice moment to let you know how things have been going so far, what we have been doing behind the scenes, and what we’ll be working on next.

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Citizen science projects in Europe and beyond: get your invitation to the upcoming Citizen Science Festival 2020 in Berlin (14-15 October)

Lucie Steigleder
May 7, 2020, 12:12 p.m.

ECSA and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) are happy to invite 10 citizen science initiatives to present their activities at the Citizen Science Festival 2020 in Berlin on 14-15 October.

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ECSA’s characteristics of citizen science

Helen Feord
April 30, 2020, 3:56 p.m.

The ‘Characteristics of citizen science’ sets out to address an important question for our field: what is citizen science, and what isn’t? The project to produce these characteristics was led by Muki Haklay, ECSA’s co-vice-chair.

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How we developed the quality criteria for resources

Francisco Sanz
April 30, 2020, 3:38 p.m.

One of the major Work Packages (WP3) within the EU-Citizen.Science project has been to determine how we can ensure that the resources for citizen science projects that are shared and profiled on the platform are indeed of good quality, and valuable to the community. The central task therein has been to develop a framework to identify and facilitate the collection and sharing of high-quality resources and best practices for citizen science. This has meant developing a set of quality criteria, and a system for applying those in a way that supports a well-balanced and sustainable repository of resources.

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Interview with Muki Haklay - Introducing the ‘Characteristics of citizen science’ document

Helen Feord
April 30, 2020, 3:38 p.m.

The ‘Characteristics of citizen science’ sets out to address an important question for our field: what is citizen science, and what isn’t? The project to produce these characteristics was led by Muki Haklay, ECSA’s co-vice-chair. In an interview with ECSA, he explains why this project was necessary, how it developed and what its major outcomes are.

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Welcome to the alpha release of the EU-Citizen.Science platform!

Margaret Gold
April 3, 2020, 1:27 p.m.

We are really pleased to be announcing the launch of the alpha version of the EU- Citizen.Science platform. Our ambitious goal is to become the place to share useful resources about planning and running citizen science initiatives, including tools and guidelines, best practices and training modules.

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Citizen science resources related to the COVID19 pandemic

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 4:25 p.m.

This is a selection of resources related to the current COVID19 pandemic. It contains links to citizen science and crowdsourcing projects that might be of interest to: citizens wanting to help tackle the virus researchers looking for support during interruptions to their fieldwork parents looking for ideas to support children who are homeschooling anyone looking for useful ways to fill their time while self-isolating.

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How citizen science is changing the face of research

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 4:22 p.m.

Dorte Riemenschneider and Muki Haklay have recently been interviewed by Research Outreach to discuss the role of ECSA, the European Citizen Science Association, and how everyone can get involved in Citizen Science. With a special mention of our project!

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Criteria and Rationale for Sharing and Selecting State of the art Citizen Science Resources

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 4:19 p.m.

This deliverable (D3.1) “Framework report describing criteria and rationale for sharing and selecting state of the art citizen science resources” describes the set of criteria and actions for identifying good quality citizen science resources for the EU-Citizen.Science platform.

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ECSA Conference Postponed

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 4:16 p.m.

Due to the uncertainty of the current situation linked with the COVID19 outbreak, the 2020 ECSA conference in Trieste (Italy) (which was initially organised on 24-6 May) is now postponed to 6-8 September.

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People need to feel that they belong to science

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 4:14 p.m.

For the last interview of our series about inclusion in citizen science, we wanted to know more about what’s happening outside of our continent. We travelled (virtually of course) to the West Coast of the USA to have a chat with Shara Fisler, founder of the Ocean Discovery Institute, an organisation specialised in citizen science projects involving underrepresented minorities.

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Report in training needs

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 4:09 p.m.

The deliverable D5.1 Report in training needs combines four elements: a review of the socio-demographic context of citizen science, a literature review of learning in relation to citizen science, a community survey of training needs and a detailed analysis of a set of training resources. These four activities identified five distinct clusters of training needs/gaps:

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Guidelines and Recommendations Based on a Range of Best Practices for Achieving Societal and Policy-Maker Engagement

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 4:06 p.m.

The deliverable D4.1: Guidelines and Recommendations Based on a Range of Best Practices for Achieving Societal and Policy-Maker Engagement presents a list of recommendations for achieving engagement of society, including policymakers, with citizen science.

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Report on Policymaker Engagement and Awareness-Raising

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 4:03 p.m.

The deliverable 4.2: Report on Policy Maker Engagement and Awareness-Raising offers guidelines and recommendations for raising awareness of citizen science activities and projects among a variety of stakeholders.

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We should be more sensitive to the mechanisms that affect Inclusion

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 4:02 p.m.

Our journey in trying to understand the meaning of inclusion started with Emily Dawson and her call for a fight against exclusion and inequality in science engagement at large.

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Are you reaching people beyond the typical white middle-class?

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 3:58 p.m.

After addressing the issue of pollution in our second edition, we chose to focus our third newsletter on another relevant subject for the whole science engagement field and that goes even beyond: Inclusion.

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Newsletter #3: Inclusion in Citizen Science

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 3:52 p.m.

After our last issue on pollution, we chose to focus this third newsletter on a highly relevant topic for the science at large including citizen science: Inclusion.

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Platform Functionality Requirements & Specification

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 3:46 p.m.

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‘.

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Would you call this a citizen science activity?

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 3:10 p.m.

EU-Citizen.Science and the European Citizen Science Association are trying to develop short briefing that can be used by research funders, policy bodies, and scientists, to decide which activities, and under which conditions, should be considered to be citizen science.

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Workshop on ethical and legal issues around ICTs

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 2:06 p.m.

EU-Citizen.Science will co-host a workshop in Berlin next March, with the title ‘Creating a citizens’ information pack on ethical and legal issues around ICTs: what should be included?’.

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Evaluation & impact framework

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 2:04 p.m.

Evaluation is a central part of any project. Deliverable 7.1, the Evaluation & impact framework, written by Teresa Schaefer and Barbara Kieslinger from ZSI, will ensure that EU-Citizen.Science provides evidence of its impact according to a defined set of objectives.

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Help us record the european network of Citizen Science

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 2:02 p.m.

Be part of it! We want to explore existing networks of citizen science. With your help, we want to make the first comprehensive survey of the diverse players in the field of citizen science. Please participate in compiling existing actors and institutions and their networks and show that you are part of it.

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Multi-level platform engagement & community-building plan

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 2:01 p.m.

Engagement and community-building are central to EU-Citizen.Science’s core mission: to bring together people interested (or potentially interested) in citizen science, while providing a common understanding of the field.

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A brief chat with… Dr Henk Mulder

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 1:59 p.m.

After our article about the status of citizen science in Lithuania, we decided to take a tour of Europe and invite our Advisory Board members to tell us about themselves and their career in citizen science. We start with Dr Henk Mulder from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen, Netherlands.

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Air pollution and Citizen Science

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 1:50 p.m.

In the second edition of our newsletter, we decided to tackle an issue that is often studied in Citizen Science projects: Pollution. We spoke to Gary Fuller, air pollution scientist at King’s College London, writer for the Guardian and author of the book The Invisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution – and How We Can Fight Back.

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Newsletter #2: Citizen Science, a valid asset in the fight against pollution

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 1:47 p.m.

The second edition of the EU-Citizen.Science joint newsletter focuses on a “hot” topic that is often studied in Citizen Science projects: Pollution.

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First periodic project meeting held in Vilnius

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 1:46 p.m.

Members of the EU-Citizen.Science consortium met in Vilnius, Lithuania, in September for the first periodic project meeting. Held at the Vilnius Tech Park, a beautiful ‘tech campus’ beside the Neris river, it was a chance to share updates on how the eight work packages are progressing, and to plan the next steps together.

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Stakeholders, Network and Community Mapping Report

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 1:37 p.m.

A key ingredient for ensuring a successful project is of course to first understand who your stakeholders are, who is supportive and influential in your sucess, and what their needs are. Our first deliverable within the second work package – which is where we build the EU-Citizen.Science platform – has thus been to undergo a Stakeholder Mapping exercise.

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Zoom in on the status of citizen science in Lithuania

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 12:01 p.m.

As project partners are getting ready for their next meeting (this time in Vilnius), we decided to put the light on the field of citizen science in Lithuania by interviewing our local hosts, Eglė Ramanauskaitė (Human Computation Institute) and Monika Mačiulienė (Mykolas Romeris University, MRU).

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EU-Citizen.Science needs your input on citizen science training needs

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, noon

We are currently building a global citizen science platform to share knowledge and best practice that will also feature custom-made training modules that address the needs of the community.

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Newsletter #1: Co-creating the European citizen science platform of the future

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 11:58 a.m.

The first EU-Citizen.Science joint newsletter, Co-creating the European citizen science platform of the future, shares the latest updates on citizen science in Europe by giving you news not just from one, but from four projects at the same time.

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EU-Citizen.Science and Citizen Science Cost Action CA15212 joint workshop: Co-creating the EU platform for citizen science

Francisco Sanz
March 31, 2020, 11:55 a.m.

On 10-11 April, the European Citizen Science Association – ECSA, (leading the creation of the European platform for citizen science) and Museum für Naturkunde – MfN, (the coordinator of the EU-Citizen.Science project) organised a 24 hour long workshop in Brussels to imagine the European citizen science platform of the future that our project aims to build within the next 3 years.

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EU-Citizen.Science was officially kicked-off!

Francisco Sanz
March 30, 2020, 3:53 p.m.

On 20-21 February, the project partners of EU-Citizen.Science met at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin for the project’s kick-off meeting. Hosted by the coordinator of the project, this meeting brought together all the key actors of EU-Citizen.Science in order to discuss the development of this new Horizon2020 project and the creation of the Platform for Sharing, Initiating, and Learning Citizen Science in Europe — which ambition is to become the European reference point for citizen science through cross-network knowledge sharing for citizen science participants, practitioners, researchers, policy makers and society across Europe. In order to achieve this, EU-Citizen.Science will follow five main objectives

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