Citizen science (CS) as a research methodology is experiencing an increase in the number of actors, projects, initiatives, and funding opportunities. Despite such growth, most of the Research Performing and Funding Organisations (RPFOs) in Europe still do not support CS implementation by fostering institutional transformations.

INCENTIVE explores the Institutional Changes needed to support and embed CS in RPFOs across Europe. To that end, the project delivers a series of webinars, some of them jointly with sister project TIME4CS, focusing on CS fundamentals, concrete activities, and real-life cases. The aim of the series is to cover a wide range of topics related to the institutionalisation of CS as a new research methodology in Europe and to spark similar initiatives at the local level.

In the first webinar of the series “Institutional changes for Citizen Science” by INCENTIVE project, Greta Nasi from SDA Bocconi guides you through issues of engaging and mobilising researchers and citizens in Citizen Science projects.

In this webinar, Rosy Mondardini – managing director of Citizen Science Center of Zurich – together with other experts from the field, navigate participants to discover existing training resources, inspirational material, and examples of creating courses on Citizen Science.

In this webinar, which pays tribute to the 2-year anniversary of INCENTIVE project, high-level representatives of the project’s 4 pilot Hubs share their experiences and lessons learned about the process of establishing their local Hub, showing that the institutionalisation of Citizen Science is a highly dynamic endeavour that varies across regional settings.

In this webinar, representatives from INCENTIVE, TIME4CS, and MICS projects present aspects of monitoring and evaluating the impact of Citizen Science Hubs (e.g., how to create an evaluation framework to assess the impact of the Hubs, how to evaluate the impact of the institutional changes made by RPFOs when it comes to citizen engagement in research, etc.).

In this webinar, Eva Paraschou – researcher at the DataLab of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – guides participants through the different elements of the INCENTIVE Digital Citizen Science Toolkit. The webinar helps participants understand how the Toolkit works and focuses on the Community Insider, the Resource Library, and the Forum.

In this webinar, which is a combined effort of the TIME4CS, INCENTIVE, and ECS projects, participants get an overview of Citizen Science as part of the Open Science strategy and presented how citizen science projects are set up within that framework. Speakers discuss how to effectively integrate Citizen Science in research methodology and what aspects to take into account in the proposal development.

In this webinar, which is a combined effort of the TIME4CS and INCENTIVE projects, speakers explore the lessons learned and experiences regarding potential strategies for embedding Citizen Science in research institutes. Participants share their own experiences and possible pathways to integrate activities to promote and embed citizen science in research-performing organisations (RPOs).

In this webinar, which is a combined effort of the TIME4CS and INCENTIVE projects, speakers discuss the need for one or more Citizen Science Institutional Contact Points (CS-ICPs) inside Research Performing Organisations (RPOs). Participants are provided with a detailed description of what CS-ICP is, how it should be structured, what resources are needed, and who should take care of – and work for – it.