On 21 July 2020, the European Commission published a report on the Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society (SwafS), citizen science and citizen engagement project portfolio results. The report “Citizen Science and Citizen Engagement: Achievements in Horizon 2020 and recommendation on the way forward” aims to convey the achievements of the citizen science and citizen engagement projects funded under the SwafS part of Horizon 2020. Its purpose is to serve as input for the preparation of the Horizon Europe programme implementation.
In 2015, former Commissioner Moedas identified three strategic priorities, described in Open innovation, Open science, Open to the world (the three O’s strategy). One important dimension of open science is citizen science and in 2016, the Council recognised citizen science as an open science priority. Citizen science can make science more socially relevant, accelerate and enable production of new scientific knowledge, increase public awareness about science and ownership of policy making, as well as increase the prevalence of evidence-based policy making.
The H2020 22 projects funded under this part of the SwafS portfolio are categorised as ‘deepening the evidence base, practice and training on co-design and co-creation’ (6 projects) and ‘doing citizen science’ (16 projects). In terms of the former, projects produced a range of resources including practical guidance on running co-design and co-creation activities, representing the state-of-the-art in the field. Moreover, several projects developed sustainable networks. Notably, the EU-Citizen.Science Platform will serve as a repository for citizen science resources and become a pan-European hub. The ‘doing citizen science’ project portfolio reached an impressive number of citizens, often in innovative ways and engaging groups typically excluded from R&I processes. Importantly, the diverse projects highlight the fact that citizen science approaches and methodologies can apply across all areas of science from physics and technology development to health and the social sciences and humanities.
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