The relationship between science and society has undergone significant changes in the last decades, gaining increasing importance as a research field. Episodes of societal mistrust towards scientific orientations and positions have opened the way to a deeper reflection on how the scientific ecosystem could better take societal views into consideration, without taking for granted its automatic consensus. Citizen Science can help science to become more self-aware and reflexive about its role and impact on society and allows to incorporate view diversity into problem formulation and research questions and to share, transfer and practice scientific culture, contributing to the challenge of science education. To be properly realized, it calls for the contextual adaptation of procedural and operative dimensions, and as such it can become an enabler of change also at the governance level.

Key projects

TIME4CS aims at supporting and facilitating the implementation of sustainable institutional changes in research performing organizations to promote citizen science and more in general public engagement in science and technology. TIME4CS has identified 4 intervention areas that alone or combined can stimulate the institutional changes necessary to promote public engagement in R&I activities: i) Research; ii) Education and Awareness; iii) Support resources and Infrastructure; iv) Policy and Assessment.

Launched to support dissemination and impact for TIME4CS, the Citizen Science Helix is an international Open Innovation community of specialists in the fields of citizen and open science. The Helix supports the TIME4CS project's ambition to contribute towards shaping of sustainable institutional changes and promoting Citizen Science in Science and Technology.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the granting authority. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006201.

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Citizen Science and Artificial Intelligence Technologies: Collaborating for an Innovative and Unbiased Future


Mon, Oct 9, 2023 02:00 PM - Thu, Feb 9, 2023 03:40 PM


“Citizen Science and Artificial Intelligence Technologies” is an online webinar that aims to bring together the power of citizen participation and the potential of emerging technologies.In this era of rapid technological advancements, citizen science provides a unique opportunity to engage individuals from diverse backgrounds in scientific research and innovation. By involving citizens in data collection, analysis, and problem-solving, we can tap into the collective intelligence of the crowd, accelerating scientific discovery and fostering a deeper understanding of our world.Interdisciplinarity in these areas unlocks new possibilities for addressing complex challenges in areas like the labour market, environmental conservation, public health, and urban planning. This collaboration enables harnessing the power of technology to amplify the impact of citizen-driven initiatives, facilitating real-time data collection and data sharing. At the same time, practices and methodologies inspired by citizen-science can be used to consult and engage users and stakeholders in AI research, and make sure computer scientists get input and feedback that contribute to increasing inclusiveness and trustworthiness of the systems they design.This webinar is a combined effort of the TIME4CS and BIAS projects, bringing together the Citizen Science Helix and the Trustworthy AI Helix communities.

Save the Date! - INCENTIVE & TIME4CS Joint Final Conference

Enschede, Netherlands

Wed, Nov 1, 2023 09:00 AM - Wed, Nov 1, 2023 05:00 PM

The two H2020 sister projects INCENTIVE and TIME4CS join forces again to deliver their Joint Final Conference. The Conference will be a landmark event for the sustainability and legacy of the two projects and will take place on the 1st of November, at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. The event will be held in the aftermath of the Citizen Science 4 Health Conference – CS4H (29 October – 1 November 2023), in order to target the wider European Citizen Science community. Most probably the event will take place at the DesignLab’s facilities at the Twente University, but more practical information will soon follow. Make sure to mark your calendars and join us on a fascinating journey on how Citizen Science can be integrated into European universities, with keynote speeches, parallel sessions, and networking opportunities!