Research & Innovation

Citizen science: the involvement of citizens in research through the lens of the TeRRIFICA project

The well-known story of the ivory tower, of the unreachable and isolated scientists above the rest of the population, is being torn apart thanks to, among many other actions, the involvement of “people who do not professionally interact with science into activities of research”. We are talking about Citizen Science.

The EU funded project TeRRIFICA (Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation Fostering Innovative Climate Action) emerged to influence climate change policies and actions by fostering Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in 6 European regions. Through co-creation, crowd-mapping methodologies, workshops and summer schools, the project empowered local people, with a particular focus on regional authorities and policy makers, and develops adequate solutions together with them. 

Through the following video capsule, Norbert Steinhaus (coordinator of TeRRIFICA at Wissenschaftsladen Bonn), Mirjana Utvic (Center for the Promotion of Science) and Glen Millot (Sciences Citoyennes), present Citizen Science from the experience of the TeRRIFICA project.

By developing collective solutions with different actors, a better range of needs, interests, and expectations are brought into the equation. Scientific research is being enriched by the inclusion of multiple dimensions, knowledge and expertise to which researchers do not have easy access to. Promoting “not only excellent but also socially desirable science and technology” aligning “the objectives of research and innovation with the needs and values of the societies that support them.

The challenge is now to upscale the initiative beyond experimental territories, boost the implication of multiple actors in research, settle citizen science in academia and co-create a climate-friendly Europe.


    TeRRIFICA Project

    Territorial RRI Fostering Innovative Climate Action

    European project, approved in the Science with and for Society (SwafS) call and funded under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program and executed from January 2019 to December 2022.

    Coordinated by the science shop Wila Bonn (Bonn, Germany)

    Participation of a transdisciplinary consortium:


    Rhine-Waal University (Kleve, Germany)

    University of Vechta (Vechta, Germany)

    Education for Sustainable Development Association (Minsk, Belarus)

    Association Catalana d'Universitats Públiques (Barcelona, ​​Spain)

    Sciences Citoyennes (Paris, France)

    Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland)

    Center for the Promotion of Science (Belgrade, Serbia)


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