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White paper: Themes, objectives and participants of citizen science activities

In this White Paper from CS-Track - Expanding our knowledge on Citizen Science through analytics and analysis (872522), CS Track briefly summarises the main characteristics of the themes, objectives and participants of citizen science activities. This introduction to these topics will inform the development of policy recommendations and best practice manuals for the vastly expanding citizen science field.

An unfinished journey? Reflections on a decade of responsible research and innovation

We reflect on a decade of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as a discourse emerging from the European Commission (EC) 10 years ago. We discuss the foundations for RRI, its emergence during the Seventh Framework programme and its subsequent evolution during Horizon 2020. We discuss how an original vision for RRI became framed around five so-called ‘keys’: gender, open access, science communication, ethics and public engagement. We consider the prospects for RRI within the context of the EC’s Open Science agenda and Horizon Europe programme, before closing with some reflections on the contribution RRI has made to debates concerning the relationship between science, innovation and society over the last decade.

The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems

The book provides a synthetic guide to the range of methods that can be employed in social-ecological systems (SES) research. It is primarily targeted at graduate students, lecturers and researchers working on SES, and has been written in a style that is accessible to readers entering the field from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds. felt about their research and communication.

Silent science: a mixed-methods analysis of faculty engagement in science communication

To address science literacy issues, university faculty have to engage in effective science communication. However, social pressures from peers, administration, or the public may silence their efforts. The purpose of this study was to understand the effect of the spiral of silence on faculty’s engagement with science communication. A survey was distributed to a census of tenure-track faculty at the University of Florida [UF], and the findings did not support the spiral of silence was occurring. However, follow-up interviews revealed faculty did not perceive their peers to value science communication and were more concerned about how the public felt about their research and communication.

Voices of the new generation: open science is good for science (and for you)

In the race to publish papers and secure funding, science can sometimes seem like a competition. But, in reality, modern science relies on open sharing and collaboration. One unexpected aspect of open science is the role it has played in uplifting the careers of myself and my lab members

A community-led initiative for training in reproducible research

Open and reproducible research practices increase the reusability and impact of scientific research. The reproducibility of research results is influenced by many factors, most of which can be addressed by improved education and training. Here we describe how workshops developed by the Reproducibility for Everyone (R4E) initiative can be customized to provide researchers at all career stages and across most disciplines with education and training in reproducible research practices. The R4E initiative, which is led by volunteers, has reached more than 3000 researchers worldwide to date, and all workshop materials, including accompanying resources, are available under a CC-BY 4.0 license at

A comprehensive appraisal of responsible research and innovation From roots to leaves

Responsible Research and Innovation and Responsible Innovation, as academic endeavours, have grown substantially since their birth in the previous decades. They have been used as synonyms on a structural basis, and both concepts have been studied from various disciplinary backgrounds. This paper discusses the most influential references in chronological order and sheds light on the accumulation of knowledge. The results suggest that Responsible Research and Innovation and Responsible Innovation have matured into an increasingly cumulative and interconnected research trajectory following the footsteps of similar, more mature research areas.

Demonstrating trustworthiness when collecting and sharing genomic data: public views across 22 countries

Public trust is central to the collection of genomic and health data and the sustainability of genomic research. To merit trust, those involved in collecting and sharing data need to demonstrate they are trustworthy. However, it is unclear what measures are most likely to demonstrate this.

Towards open, reliable, and transparent ecology and evolutionary biology

Unreliable research programmes waste funds, time, and even the lives of the organisms we seek to help and understand. Reducing this waste and increasing the value of scientific evidence require changing the actions of both individual researchers and the institutions they depend on for employment and promotion. While ecologists and evolutionary biologists have somewhat improved research transparency over the past decade (e.g. more data sharing), major obstacles remain. In this commentary, we lift our gaze to the horizon to imagine how researchers and institutions can clear the path towards more credible and effective research programmes.

Case studies of open science from the Orion project

Ideas and examples on how to embed Open Science and RRI public engagment about science using co-creation, public dialogue, gaming, citizen science and art!

Menu of co-creation tools

The ORION project seeks to promote institutional change in life science research performing and research funding organisations by performing co-creation experiments in three specific areas where stakeholders do not already frequently collaborate; Research strategy and funding, identifying risks and opportunities presented by disruptive technologies and citizen science in fundamental research. The menu of co-creation tools was designed to provide support and ideas to ORION partners and the wider community in facilitating co-creation experiments.

Rethinking societal engagement under the heading of Responsible Research and Innovation: (novel) requirements and challenges

Societal engagement is a key dimension of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), aiming at making science, technology and innovation more transparent, interactive and responsive. Within this article, we identify and discuss the specific requirements and challenges for societal engagement under the heading of RRI along five dimensions. First, engagement aims at shaping research and innovation in a socially robust manner.

Covid-19 in Brazil and the Various Faces of Pandemic

Pandemic is a term that designates an epidemiological trend. Indicates that many outbreaks are happening at the same time and spread everywhere. But such outbreaks are not the same. Each of them can have intensities, qualities and forms of injury very different and establishes relationships with socioeconomic, cultural,environmental, collective or even individual. A pandemic can even become event on a global scale. This is the case with Covid-19.

Getting it right, a guide to improve inclusion in multistakeholder forums

This guide explains how to operationalize inclusion of women, Indigenous Peoples and other under-represented groups in multi-stakeholder forums (MSFs).

Towards open, reliable, and transparent ecology and evolutionary biology

Unreliable research programmes waste funds, time, and even the lives of the organisms we seek to help and understand. Reducing this waste and increasing the value of scientific evidence require changing the actions of both individual researchers and the institutions they depend on for employment and promotion. While ecologists and evolutionary biologists have somewhat improved research transparency over the past decade (e.g. more data sharing), major obstacles remain. In this commentary, we lift our gaze to the horizon to imagine how researchers and institutions can clear the path towards more credible and effective research programmes.

Science communication in the field of fundamental biomedical research (editorial)

The aim of this special issue on science communication is to inspire and help scientists who are taking part or want to take part in science communication and engage with the wider public, clinicians, other scientists or policy makers. For this, some articles provide concise and accessible advice to individual scientists, science networks, or learned societies on how to communicate effectively; others share rationales, objectives and aims, experiences, implementation strategies and resources derived from existing long-term science communication initiatives.

Citizen Science as a Tool in Biological Recording—A Case Study of Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle

Non-native invasive species frequently appear in urban and non-urban ecosystems and may become a threat to biodiversity. Some of these newcomers are introduced accidentally, and others are introduced through a sequence of events caused by conscious human decisions. Involving the general public in biodiversity preservation activities could prevent the negative consequences of these actions. Accurate and reliable data collecting is the first step in invasive species management, and citizen science can be a useful tool to collect data and engage the public in science. We present a case study of biological recording of tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle) using a participatory citizen model.

Developing a Framework for Responsible Innovation

The governance of emerging science and innovation is a major challenge for contemporary democracies. In this paper we present a framework for understanding and supporting efforts aimed at ‘responsible innovation’. The framework was developed in part through work with one of the first major research projects in the controversial area of geoengineering, funded by the UK Research Councils. We describe this case study, and how this became a location to articulate and explore four integrated dimensions of responsible innovation: anticipation, reflexivity, inclusion and responsiveness. Although the framework for responsible innovation was designed for use by the UK Research Councils and the scientific communities they support, we argue that it has more general application and relevance.

COVID-19 recovery science isn’t enough to save us

COVID-19 recovery: science isn't enough to save us. Policymakers need insight from humanities and social sciences to tackle the pandemic.


This is a report from the EU-funded project SISCODE, in the shape of a Deliverable, that identifies, records and compares previous and ongoing EU framework initiatives and projects which have developed and tested relevant RRI approaches and methodologies.

Indicators for promoting and monitoring Responsible Research and Innovation

This report presents the results of the work of the expert group on Policy indicators for RRI. It contains three parts: first a conceptual introduction of RRI; second a detailed review of possible indicators in eight key areas for RRI policy; and third a number of concrete proposals for indicator design and implementation.

Bridging across methods in the Biosciences

This publication is a Science for Policy report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. It aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policymaking process.

Map of approaches, policies and tools for Territorial RRI

This document contains a Map of Approaches, Policies and Tools for Territorial RRI (from now on, the Map) that can be used, together with the results of other already available mapping exercises, for designing and implementing the five TeRRItoria Transformative Experiments.

Inventory of RRI governance innovation practices

This document represents an inventory of 43 RRI Governance Innovation Practices (RRIGIPs), detected in RRI projects conducted in Europe and beyond.

Actions Plans for Structural Transformation to Achieve Gender Equality in Science

The STAGES Guidelines aim to contribute to this process of deriving new insights about the actual implementation process of gender equality-oriented projects in scientific institutions.

Structural Transformation to Achieve Gender Equality in Science

STAGES involved the continuous monitoring, evaluation and cross-cutting analysis of the process activated in each institution in order to draw some conclusions, both to support implementation and to feed these final Guidelines.

Conceptual evaluation framework for Gender Equality

Developing a conceptual evaluation framework for gender equality interventions in research and innovation

Factors that facilitate or hinder Gender Equality interventions

Analysing facilitating and hindering factors for implementing gender equality interventions in R&I: Structures and processes

A Framework to activate Gender Equality structural transformation

Setting up a dynamic framework to activate gender equality structural transformation in research organizations

Public engagement: A practical guide


Orion Open Science, Citizen Science

PPT from the EU-Project Orion Open Science that shares the nuts and bolts of Citizen Science.

Orion Open Science, Open data vs FAIR data

PPT from the EU-Project Orion Open Science showing the differences between Open Data and Fair Data, and related topics.

Guidelines for Initiating Change

An RRI model for research organisations in the Biosciences

UNESCO Interdisciplinary Chair

The UNESCO Interdisciplinary Chair in Biotechnology and Bioethics (2000-2009). An example of Responsible Research and Innovation between Europe and Africa
By Carla Montesano and Vittorio Colizzi

RRI for Biodiversity Conservation

Responsible research and innovation for the conservation of biodiversity
By Elena Buzan

Science Education as a trigger for RRI Structural Change

Science education as a trigger for RRI structural change
By Doris Elster, Tanja Barendziak, Julia Birkholz


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