Connect. Collaborate. Create.

Bridging communities to foster participatory research and citizen science

Final conference co-hosted by PRO-Ethics and COESO. Find the conference website here.

Bridging communities to:

  • foster ethical participatory approaches to research funding
  • activate participatory research and citizen science involving the social sciences and humanities

  • SAVE THE DATE : October 19-21, 2023

    Location : Aubervilliers, Campus Condorcet, Paris

    Venue : MSH Paris Nord 20 , Avenue George Sand, 93210 La Plaine St-Denis and l’Humathèque Condorcet

    The conference will bring together the diverse European communities that create and support participatory research (funding) and citizen science. Jointly organised by the European projects COESO and PRO-Ethics , it will focus on the social sciences and humanities as well as on integrating participatory approaches at the research funding stage.

    On October 19-21, 2023 in Paris, at Aubervilliers, Campus Condorcet , we will welcome researchers, citizen science practitioners, and supporters from all backgrounds, research funding organisations, ethics and integrity experts, as well as policy makers, to open up a space for networking and mutually exploring citizen science/participatory research initiatives and services.

    We want to hear as many of your voices as possible! Therefore, we wish to model this conference on the ThatCamps and BarCamps initiatives, where participants contribute to creating the conversations and activities that they want to attend.

    The conversations we want to stimulate are clustered into six core areas:

    • Participatory research, citizen science, and open science networks and infrastructures
    • Support services for participatory research and citizen science
    • Methodologies for doing and teaching citizen science and ethical participatory approaches to research, including in funding agencies
    • Data workflows and communication formats
    • Drivers and barriers for implementing, supporting, and funding citizen science, as well as participation in the processes of funding agencies
    • Assessing and evaluating participatory processes

    The “Connect. Collaborate. Create” conference opens these discussions to all attendees and welcomes the lively intermingling of different experiences and perspectives. Please join us if you recognize yourself in one of the following profiles:

    1. Research Funding Organisations (RFOs)
    2. Citizen Science practitioners and supporters, including:
      • (SSH) Academic and professional researchers
      • Civil society professionals and organisations (e.g. journalists, artists, social services practitioners, NGOs dedicated to societal issues, social enterprises) Engaged community members, citizen scientists and scholars
      • Open research infrastructure representatives
      • Librarians
      • Country-based and European citizen science platform and network coordinators
      • Science shops coordinators and staff members

    3. Policy makers
    4. Research managers
    5. Research ethics committee members
    6. Research integrity body members
    7. Researchers from academia and the private sector

    You can register and share your ideas for how to organise workshops, breakout sessions or other interactive activities. You can also suggest to exhibit your contribution in a more static way, via poster, audio/video, etc. The registration form already includes the possibility to describe and provide a link to your contribution, so be prepared to copy/paste your content in the form. If you want some more detailed hints of the conversation we would like to hear, you will find them below!

    If your suggestion fits with the conference conversations, you will be invited to access an online interactive board, and have the opportunity to suggest synergies with, and express interest for, other proposals.

    We will consider the contributions as they arrive, and we warmly recommend not waiting until the last minute to send your suggestion! The program will be built progressively.

    The form will be open until September 5th, or until we reach the maximum number of attendees we can welcome onsite.

    In our call for contributions, we ask you to provide the following information:

    Interactive formats (workshops, panels, etc.):

    • Title of your contribution [open field]
    • How would you like to join the conversation? Please let us know what you would like to focus on and what format your contribution would take. (250-500 words)
    • Why would you like to join this conversation? (250 words max)

    Static formats (posters, billboards, audio/video files, etc.)

    • Title of your contribution [open field]
    • How would you like to contribute?
    • Please let us know what you would like to focus on and what format your contribution would take. (150-250 words)
    • Option to upload media files such as audio, video, images, and so on for our consideration.

    Do you want some hints of the conversation we would like to hear at the “Connect.Collaborate.Create” conference?

    The conference will stimulate an exchange of ideas and facilitate meaningful conversations that bridge communities to activate participatory research and citizen science, particularly in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) and including funding challenges and opportunities, by exploring how we might enable, implement and assess these fields of research and innovation.

    We look forward to your input on the following questions:

    How do we support – “enable” – citizen science?


    • What is the role of shared open science and responsible research and innovation principles and technologies ? How can open and ethical approaches to service development and interoperability support citizen science at the national and European levels?
    • What are the challenges and (potential) solutions to enabling collaborative research with and for society, both at the network and infrastructure level?
    • How can connections and synergies among services and infrastructures be strengthened for the benefit of citizen science and participatory research practices?
    • How do research funding schemes need to be transformed to enable participatory research ? How do the processes within funding agencies need to be transformed to allow for participation in their activities (such as strategy development, call definition, and proposal evaluation)?


    • What are the concrete experiences of science shops, libraries, learning centres, citizen science platforms, funding agencies, the European university alliances and other support services in facilitating citizen science and participatory research?
    • How do they support the catalyzation of research demands from civil society?
    • How do they enable research beyond academia, give visibility to projects and practices , support matchmaking, networking and community building , and facilitate interprofessional “translations”, especially for the benefit of those that do not do research on a regular basis?
    • How can they nurture new articulations between the local, national and international dimensions, and facilitate scale jump, e.g. by supporting language changes and digital access?

    How do we do – “implement” – citizen science and participatory research, including ethical participation in the activities of research funders?


    • How do we do participatory research on the ground, especially within the social sciences and the humanities while taking into account ethical considerations?
    • What methodologies work within and beyond disciplines? How are we pushing public humanities, participatory action research, cultural participatory research, digital participatory research, and other approaches to meet old and new challenges?
    • How do we do/facilitate/support ethical participation in the activities of funding organisations ?
    • What are the strengths of formats like citizen science academies, mutual learning exercises and diverse capacity building initiatives to facilitate and raise the profile of citizen science and participatory research, including those fostering participatory approaches to funding?


    • How can the (meta-) data produced in citizen science activities enter and be made available via digital open science spaces ? How can it be made accessible as an evidence-base to inform policy decisions?
    • How can it be aligned with existing standards and processes , and how might these standards and processes need to change to accommodate citizen generated data?
    • What are the commonalities and differences between the challenges encountered by ethics and research assessment committees, research infrastructures, and citizen science service and platforms, and how might their roles change to address these?
    • What visions exist for fitting innovative scholarly communication formats to citizen science and participatory research, especially those taking into account the non-digital dimensions of many citizen science activities in SSH?


    • What ethical and institutional challenges, but also opportunities , arise when implementing participatory research and participation in the activities of funders?
    • What commonalities and differences emerge from different framework conditions, goals, employed methodologies, and collaboration with different stakeholder groups ?
    • How can participation in research and research funding be made attractive?
    • How can we involve new and underserved communities and empower them to make decisions even in situations with little leeway to do so? How can we do so in typically underserved fields like the social sciences and humanities?
    • How do we rethink the roles of ethics and research assessment committees and research infrastructures , and how might they address the changing requirements brought about by participatory approaches to research and research funding?

    How do we assess and evaluate participatory processes?


    • What do we want to achieve through participatory research (funding) , what can be achieved, and what are the limits of such processes?
    • How do we measure our impacts , generate new impact metrics, and ascertain the quality and integrity of our participatory processes and their results? What might new evaluation paradigms look like that encourage initiatives to (re-)connect research and society while safeguarding the quality of these collaborations?
    • Taking into account structural conditions, concrete processes and their outcomes, what role do specific funding tools such as cascade funding, prizes and crowdfunding play, and how can new funding schemes support the specificities of participatory research activities at different scales?
    • What practical and ethical frameworks and guidelines do different stakeholders need to assess participatory processes? What role might self-assessment tools and independent lookout systems – such as the French “tiers-veilleurs” (third party watch dogs) – play?