Time4CS is an EU-funded project that aims to support institutional changes for Citizen Science in Research Performing Organisations. Three expert organisations in the field of Citizen Science (Front-Runners) – University College London, Aarhus University, and the Competence Center of the University of Zurich – are working with four implementing organisations (Implementers) willing to foster Citizen Science in their institutions – Tyndall National Institute at the University College Cork, Kaunas University of Technology, Center for Genomic Regulation, and Università San Raffaele. Two organisations act as Facilitators – Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE) and the European Science Foundation – and Crowdhelix is supporting the communication and dissemination.

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CitieS-Health is an EU-funded project that aims to put citizens’ concerns at the heart of research agenda on environmental epidemiology by tackling health issues that concern them. Groups of citizens in five cities in Europe design and run experiments to explore how the pollution in their living environment is affecting their health. The project has created an interactive toolkit with customised tools and best practices for the replication of the studies in other locations by researchers, individuals, and citizen groups. Eventually, new communities have been articulated with methods and tools to replicate the citizen science experience.

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TRANSFORM is an EU-funded project that puts RRI principles into practice through new forms of local participatory decision-making within their Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3). Three regional clusters invite citizens, local communities, and stakeholders to participate in the research and innovation activities, reflecting their views, needs, and aspirations. The project integrates the Citizen Science dimension and co-creation sessions in the innovation projects funded under RIS3CAT becoming the TRANSFORM pilots in the Catalonia region.

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PRO-Ethics is an EU-funded project that works with research and innovation funding organisations across Europe to test new, ethical ways to involve citizens in decision-making processes. The project delivers some very concrete outputs in the form of an ethics framework, together with a set of practical guidelines and actionable criteria for assessing the quality and ethics of participation processes. These outputs have the potential to benefit stakeholders across the EU and beyond.

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CS Track is an EU-funded project that aims to broaden our knowledge about Citizen Science and the impact Citizen Science activities can have. CS Track investigates a large and diverse set of Citizen Science activities, disseminating good practices and formulating knowledge-based policy recommendations in order to maximise the potential benefit of Citizen Science activities on individual citizens, organisations, and society at large.

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AURORA is a SwafS project that aims to empower the people of Europe to take ownership of the climate change debate. Five crowdfunded demonstrators in Denmark, England, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain will be built to reduce the carbon footprint of 7000 citizens.

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Citizen Science NOW is an Erasmus+ Project that aims to foster EU citizens’ engagement and access to CS by strengthening local and regional community networks; digitalising adult CS training experiences; and thereby empowering adult citizens with the essential competence and skills to grow personally and professionally in the project partner regions.

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ECS is an EU-funded project with the overall objective to widen and strengthen the citizen science community in Europe through capacity-building and awareness-raising activities such as the creation of a European Citizen Science Academy. Diverse actors will be involved in the co-design and co-creation of a large variety of services, training opportunities, and policy recommendations. A key focus is on inclusivity, which will be achieved through dedicated actions such as engaging libraries to attract underrepresented and underserved publics and ad-hoc support to countries and regions lacking citizen science networks, platforms, and policy recognition.

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Biodiversity Genomics Europe (BGE) is a collaborative project between the European Commission, the UK, and the Swiss governments. The project aims to monitor and identify species using DNA and establish a European hub for the International Barcode of Life Consortium. This first large European project will run until 2026 and brings together organisations from the BIOSCAN Europe DNA-barcoding consortium (104 partner institutions across 29 countries) and the ERGA genome-sequencing consortium (709 members across 37 countries).

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