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Participatory science toolkit against pollution

Objective

ACTION will transform the way we do citizen science (CS) today: from a mostly scientist-led process to a more participatory, inclusive, citizen-led one, which acknowledges the diversity of the CS landscape and of the challenges CS teams have to meet as their project evolves. We have partnered with 5 European CS initiatives tackling major forms of pollution, which pose substantial threats to human health and to the environment, and contributing to Sustainable Development Goals. These pilots will be the starting point for a ‘citizen science accelerator’, which will be expanded through an open call.
By considering the needs of multiple stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of CS, we will create methodologies, tools and guidelines to truly democratise the scientific process , allowing anyone to design and realise a CS project from the early stages of ideation to validating and publishing the results. Our research will account for the multitude of manifestations of CS, addressing everything from from small-scale, localised social issues to international research agendas. All ACTION’s outputs - infrastructure, the citizen science platform and toolkit - will be made openly available for online and offline use. They will use accessible formats and interfaces, which appeal to audiences with diverse motivations and backgrounds and provide detailed examples, workflows, and advice tailored for a range of activities, going beyond data collection and analysis. Our digital infrastructure will help citizen scientists use existing specialised platforms and publish results according to RRI principles, including open science. Our toolkit will tackle common difficulties around methodological choices, quality, incentives, community building and sustainability. In addition, the 35 pilots hosted by the accelerator will result in case studies that will demonstrate the impacts of CS at social, economic, environmental and policy level.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

H2020-SwafS-2018-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 506 250

Participants (10)

CEFRIEL SOCIETA CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 223 000
Address
Viale Sarca 226
20126 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
DE VLINDERSTICHTING
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 109 265
Address
Mennonietenweg 10
6702 AD Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
DUTCH RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TRANSITIONS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 123 125
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 179 625
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 114 262,50
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
Activity type
Research Organisations
SINTEF AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 121 825
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
T6 ECOSYSTEMS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 283 750
Address
Via Aureliana 63
00187 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 121 591,25
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 120 625
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 91 592,50
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments