Perspectives and Perceptions, a Survey

The survey Perspectives and Perceptions focuses on the experiences and perspectives of citizen scientists. The term “citizen scientist” may be interpreted very broadly for this survey.

Citizens scientists are basically members of the public who collect and sometimes analyse data to help answer research questions. They may collaborate with professional scientists, local community groups, online communities, or other organizations. Citizen scientists volunteer their own time and efforts to further scientific knowledge.

The research team will use this survey’s results to compile a report for policymakers, among others. The survey consists of a suite of questions that can be quickly answered. An opportunity to make observations is provided at the end, should anyone wish to comment in more detail on their experiences. It is envisaged that the survey will be completed in 20 minutes. It is emphasized that the survey is anonymous – no identifiable data is requested or should be provided. A report detailing the results of this survey will be made freely and publicly available in the latter half of 2023.

The organizers thank all who have dedicated their time and energy to citizen science activities and contributed to this survey!

If you have participated in a science project in recent years as a member of the public, please complete this survey here!

Text: Michael O’Grady
Edition: Sarah Santos
Last updated 08/11/2022

Heated Debates across Virtual Voids

The ISEED project presents the Public Workshop:
Heated Debates across Virtual Voids: Arguments, Affects, and Deliberation Online – October 31st to November 2nd 2022, Trondheim

The specific concern of this workshop is to attend to the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in online debates, and the potenial held by platforms for online engagement to serve as obstacles or tools for democratic inclusion.

The workshop is OPEN to the general public, and we particularly encourage graduate students, early career researchers and members of the community of Trondheim and internationally to participate!

Do you know someone that would be interested?

Edition: Sarah Santos
Last updated 03/11/2022

Workshop in Civic Engagement

The Danish Board of Technology in collaboration with ISEED hosts a Workshop in Civic Engagement on 4th and 5th of October in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The workshop aims at identifying, mapping, and examining current barriers to more effective uses of civic engagement in the context of public policy development and implementation. The workshop will be held in the context of the Horizon 2020-project Inclusive Science and European Democracies, which explores the conditions under which participatory and deliberative practices can be successfully implemented.

The Danish Board of Technology will prepare a mapping of barriers to civic engagement that will serve to organise the workshop thematically. Based on the preparatory work and the workshop, a report will be developed and published ultimo 2022. The workshop offers an opportunity for the participants to network and explore collaboration. Program and elaborated concept note will be sent out by late August.

You can access the full Workshop agenda here!

Participation by invitation only.
For any enquiries, please contact the organiser, Frederik Rosén.

Edition: Sarah Santos
Last updated 01/10/2022

What is citizen science? What is open science? Are they connected?

Last July in Venice, Eleonora Montuschi and Sabina Leonelli participated in an interview done by Observa at the Ca’ Foscari Venice University and explained their views on how Citizen Science differentiate from conventional Science and what it can learn from it.

👉 The two full interviews you can find below:

Eleonora Montuschi (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) – PI “Inclusive Science and European Democracy” (ISEED)

Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter) – PI “A Philosophy of Open Science for Diverse Research Environments” (PHIL_OS)

Edition: Sarah Santos
Last updated 23/09/2022

Roundtable “Good science across diversity of research environments”

Inclusive Science and European Democracies were excited to host a roundtable on July 7th 2022, on what good and inclusive science involves when we are thinking of open science, happening in diverse research environments and with the aim of democratic use and inclusion of and in science.

The meeting took place in our Coordinator’s site, at Aula Biral, Dept of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà, Ca’ Foscari University.

The Round Table Hosts were:
Eleonora Montuschi (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) – PI “Inclusive Science and European Democracy” (ISEED)
Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter) – PI “A Philosophy of Open Science for Diverse Research Environments” (PHIL_OS)

In-Person Roundtable at Ca’Foscari joining the ISEED coordinator team, and the Philosophy of Open Science for Diverse Research Environments project team!


👉 The Round Table slideshow you can find here and at our Youtube Channel!

Hosting our first in-person meeting in Trondheim this November!

COVID-19 stopped us long enough!

Inclusive Science and European Democracies are meeting in person! We are planning our first 3-day scientific and organisational meeting for 31 October -2 November 2022, in Trondheim, Norway.

Title: “Heated debates across virtual voids: Arguments, Affects, and Deliberation Online”

Invited speakers include: Chris Bail, Anastasia Kavada, Taina Bucher + the ISEED research team

The meeting will take place in WP7 Leader’s site, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

👉 Detailed programme coming soon!

Meet our Advisory Board!

ISEED are honoured to have appointed an Advisory Board with established expertise in the questions of democratic inclusion and participation as well as citizen science and science engagement. In alphabetic order these are, in alphabetic order:

Mark B. Brown -Sacramento State

Heather Douglas -Michigan State University

Edna Einsiedel -University of Calgary (Emerita)

Agata Goździk -IGF Poland

Susanne Hecker -Museum for Natürkunde Berlin

Hayley Trowbridge -People’s Voice Media

New postdoc position available!

Inclusive Science and European Democracies are excited to invite applications for one, 16 months postdoctoral fellowship within political philosophy, political science, political sociology or philosophy of science. The position is hosted under WP2 “From participation to deliberation: towards a new model of ”public sphere” for knowledge societies”.

The postdoc will be working with our ISEED project leader Prof. Eleonora Montuschi, at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia. The employment period is to start from 01.09.22.

Applications are due 30.06.22 at noon CET. -Do share with your networks!-

Download informational PDF

👉To apply please follow the link

Meet our Multi-Stakeholder Panel!

We are proud to announce that the Multi-stakeholder Panel (MSP) for ISEED – Inclusive Science and European Democracies- has been constituted in work led by UPF Barcelona. The main objective of the MSP is to advise project partners and include a diversity of perspectives (industry, academia, policy and civil society) in ISEED work.

To date, the MSP has 10 members: Antonio Florida from the Direzione Affari Legislativi, Giuridici ed Istituzionali; Rosina Malagrida from IrsiCaixa, Rosa Arias from Fundación Ibercivis, Francisco Lupiáñez from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Maja Lalic from Mikser , Dorte Riemenschneider from the European Citizen Science Association, Meie Van Laar from NEMO Science Museum Amsterdam, Norbert Steinhaus from the Wissenschaftsladen Bonn, Francesco Mureddu from The Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal, Fabio Feudo from Knowledge and Innovation and Maria Hagrdt from Vetenskap and Allmänhet V.A. We are excited to work together with our MSP to ensure ISEED reaches the publics -and counter-publics we want to include in democratic deliberation.

The Studies Center on Science, Communication and Society of the Pompeu Fabra University (CCS-UPF) is the coordinator of WP6: “From citizens and science to citizens and democracy”. WP6 is responsible for the creation of the MSP, which will advise project partners during their investigations and experimentations in order to include multi-stakeholder panel reflections, ideas, needs and suggestions to end up with more efficient proposals, to reflect on and contribute to the co-development of open access specific project outputs (e.g. Database of inspiring practices) that stimulate the integration of democratic deliberation and participation and to be involved in the policy briefing writing.

KICKing off!

Following COVID-19 restrictions, ISEED’s kickoff meeting took place online, on the 25th and 26th of February 2021. We got to connect with all ISEED partners across Europe and Latin America and start discussing how our project will proceed to learn from inclusive citizen science efforts and support European democracies.

ISEED -Inclusive Science and European Democracies joins researchers in 10 countries, Italy, France, Poland, Norway, Denmark, Ireland Spain, Bulgaria, Uruguay and the United Kingdom, for the next 3 years to abstract lessons from citizen science engagements projects in order to understand how to engage citizens in democratic deliberation.