Updated program, November 30, 2023


December 4: 14. 00 – 17.00  

Nordic House, Brussel, Rue du Luxembourg 3 / 5, 1000 Brussel


Pre-conference Workshop and Exhibition  

Update! First part of the workshop from about 14.00 – 14. 45 CET will be hybrid.
Link to the zoom webinar: https://oslomet.zoom.us/j/67322175440?pwd=TXExZzR6MnlPNmtld0tzWlhNNWxBQT09

The pre-conference workshop and exhibition is targeted for those interested in learning more about how to conduct hands-on citizen social science in practice, in general and with a special focus on young people. The workshop is based on the project’s multiple case study which includes ten local case projects in nine countries across Europe, and the exhibition will provide more concrete descriptions from the cases. 

The workshop will consist of a short introduction to the YouCount project and a conceptual framework for youth citizen social science. This will be followed by a short overview of key aspects of hands-on youth citizen social science as detailed in the agenda below.  

We will then invite participants to “take a journey throughout Europe”, select the places they would like to explore, and then visit our café tables with researchers and young citizen scientists from the ten cases, focusing on special aspects of doing citizen social science in practice. 

Our café tables will feature posters from the cases, including our many Oops and Aha moments to trigger sharing of experiences and discussions. 

During the workshop, we will also present and discuss a first draft of the upcoming Handbook and Toolkits for youth citizen social science for further refinement based on the participant’s feedback. 


Exhibition (onsite and virtual)

The exhibition is part of the workshop. Co-designed with co-researchers, it represents their own story, essential findings, and experiences. At each "station", young citizen scientists will guide participants through the case country's findings and possibly offer a small taste experience. 

Those participating online will have access to a simplified visual representation of the onsite exhibition. They will be able to investigate the different "stations” through the case countries and their findings. The exhibition will also be part of the interactive session about the potential for youth citizen social science and its challenges, a topic that will be discussed in the second day of the conference.

Link to the virtual exhibition: https://miro.com/app/board/uXjVNRkFnbk=/?share_link_id=680278430138


Agenda and time schedule for the workshop





Coffee and croissants

14.00 – 14.15



Brief overview of the project 

Conceptual framework

Project Coordinator
Reidun Norvoll, OsloMet

14.15 – 14.45


How to conduct hands-on citizen social science with youth and local stakeholders in practice?


  1. Co-creative and inclusive approaches
  2. Establish and manage a project 
  3. Recruitment, involvement and engagement
  4. Training and support
  5. Methods
  6. Communication
  7. Going beyond results: Evaluation
  8. Maximizing and measuring impact 

Authors from the handbook

14.45 – 15.00

Introducing the Europe Café & Exhibition

Aina Landsverk Hagen, Sara Berge Lorenzen & Cathrine Winther

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee break

Walk, talk, and snack in the lounge/exhibition area

15.30 – 16.45

The Europe Café: Interactive session

Aha & Oops moments from 10 cases in YouCount

16.45 – 17.00

Summing up

Workshop moderators

17.10 – 17.40 Movie-time with some beverages before the welcome reception!  The Hungary B case team shows their sci-fi movie:
"What is social innovation? A mystery-documentary" (2023)
(25 minutes) with a short presentation 
Gina Barta, Dominka Ágoiston, Ágnes Bozsó, Márton Oblath


Welcome reception 18.00 – 20.30 

Nordic House, Brussels, Rue du Luxembourg 3 / 5, 1000 Brussel

Please stay with us after the workshop for the Welcome Reception from 18.00 – 20.30 hosted by the Oslo Region European Office (ORE)

At 18.30, we will have a greeting by Director of ORE, Gunnar Selvik, the Counsellor for research at the Mission of Norway to the EU Geir Arnulf and Reidun Norvoll, YouCount Coordinator, OsloMet.


December 5: 09.00 – 17.00 

(Exhibition lasts to 18.00)  


Final Conference (hybrid)

NH Brussels EU Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11 - 19, 1000 Brussels 

The Final Conference will focus on presenting and discussing the main learnings from the YouCount project together with participants and key stakeholders from Europe and globally concerning our three main strands of inquiry: 

  • To develop and validate a conceptual and methodological framework for hands-on youth citizen social science.
  • To use this framework to empower young people and co-create new knowledge of social inclusion and social innovations with policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • To increase knowledge of the actual outcomes and costs- and benefits of youth citizen social science, broadly understood. 

Streaming link (Vimeo) for the conference day


The program is split into four main sessions: 


Session 1: Introduction to the YouCount project

After a short introduction to the YouCount project by Project Coordinator Reidun Norvoll, Project Adviser and Project Officer Katharina Buse from the Research Executive Agency (REA) will connect YouCount to the overall ambition of the H2020 Science with and for Society programme. Our keynote speaker, Professor Alan Irwin will then contextualise the project in his introductory speech about the history and future of citizen social science. 


Session 2: Key findings and experiences related to the development, practices and evaluation of youth citizen social science

After presentations of the conceptual framework for youth citizen social science and research findings, there will be a "walk- and talk"- session in the exhibition area, where small groups discuss and identify some key potentials and challenges related to youth citizen social science.

These issues will inform a roundtable discussion, where young citizen scientists, representatives from the European Commission, academia and related EU citizen science projects will reflect on how citizen social science can be further improved and supported. So far, Policy Officer Gabriella Leo from the European Commission, DG R&I, Open science and Research Infrastructure Unit; Professor of Theory of Science Dick Kasperowski from Gothenburg University; Scientific Coordinator and COESO project coordinator Alessia Smaniotto; and, Science Adviser Asya Salnikova from the Time4Cs project will participate in the discussions.


Session 3: Findings from YouCount on social inclusion and innovation - implications for social sciences and social and youth policymaking

The next session after the lunch break, will focus on the role of citizen social science for social change through social innovation and policymaking. After a presentation of results concerning social innovation, we will look closer into the findings from the social inclusion research and discuss the most important and interesting findings in interactive group discussions. 

Young citizen scientists, social scientists including Josep Perelló, CoAct project coordinator and OpenSystems-UB research; key stakeholders such as Deputy Head of Unit Mina Stareva from the European Commission, Fair Societies & Cultural Heritage; representative from the European Youth Forum Boshko Stankovski; Sandra Paola Alvarez from the International Organisation of Migration Europe; and, Tomas De Groote from Sociale InnovatieFabriek will share their own perspectives.


Session 4: You Count's overall impact and way forward in the European and international context.

This session will look closer into the possible impact of youth citizen social science based in the findings from the YouCount project, and then discuss implications for the European and international context featuring Claudia Fabó Cartas, Project officer at ECSA and Project Manager of the EU-funded project ECS, and Laone Bukamu Hulela, Director of Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) who will share closing remarks.



08.30 – 09.00


Visit our exhibition and meet YouCount’s young citizen scientists during the day!

09.00 – 10.00  

Session 1: Introduction

Moderator: Aina Landsverk Hagen, OsloMet

09.00 – 09.10


Aina Landsverk Hagen, OsloMet 

09.10 – 09.15 Sneak peak of the documentary film from the Oslo- case. Made by the local youth social entrepreneurship «Ildfluene» (Fireflies)  Dichino Nguyen, part of the youth editorial team

09.15 – 09.25

A brief introduction to the YouCount project 

Project Coordinator, Reidun Norvoll, OsloMet 

09.25 – 09.40  

How can YouCount contribute to supporting citizen science within the EU and as part of the Science with and for Society - program? 

PO Katharina Buse, REA, EU

09.40 – 10.00

The history and future of citizen social science 

Professor Alan Irwin, Copenhagen Business School  


10.00 – 13.00

Session 2: Youth citizen social science  

Moderator: Aina Landsverk Hagen, OsloMet

10. 00 – 10:25

Conceptual framework for youth citizen social science (WP1) 

 A Participatory Approach to Communication

Professor Eglė Butkevičienė, KTU

Researcher Patricia Canto Farachala, Orkestra, FD

10.25 – 10.45

Coffee break 

10.45 – 11.00

Youth citizen social science in practice - key experiences and insights from the multiple case study 


Professor Julie Ridley, UCLan 

11.00 – 11.15

Experiences with the YouCount App Toolkit 

Researcher Ingar Brattbakk, OsloMet

11.15 – 11.30

What are the outcomes of Y-CSS? Key findings from the evaluation study (WP4) 

PreDoc Melanie Saumer, Professor Jörg Matthes UNIVIE

11.30 – 12.00 

Travel through Europe in the onsite and virtual exhibition: what are the key potentials and challenges when it comes to (youth) citizen social science?

Mentimeter exercise 1

All participants

12.00 – 13.00

Roundtable discussion 1 

How to strengthen co-creative/participatory citizen social science with young people in policy and practice? 

Implications of the identified key issues, and the learnings from the YouCount project, for citizen science, science policy and institutional changes.

Discussions with key stakeholderstogether with moderator Patricia Canto Farachala, Orkestra, FD from the YouCount project



Gabriella Leo. Policy Officer, DG R&I, Unit A4, EC 

Professor Dick Kasperowski, Gothenburg University

Asya Salnikova, ESF/ Scientific Adviser Time4CS project

Alessia Smaniotto, (EHESS/OPERAS), 

Project Coordinator COESO project  

13.00 – 14.00


Visit the exhibition 

14.00 – 16.00 

Session 3: Youth citizen social science contributing to social inclusion and innovation

Moderator: Eglė Butkevičienė, KTU

14.00 – 14.15

To what extent can Y-CSS contribute to social change and how? 

The role of CSS in social innovation 

György Pataki, senior research fellow/

Alexandra Czeglédi, research fellow

14.15 – 14.35 

New knowledge of young people's views on and experiences with social inclusion, and positive drivers to social inclusion 

Professor Fortuna Procentese and PostDoc Flora Gatti, UNINA

Suzanne Wilson, Researcher, UCLan

14.35 – 15.35


Roundtable 2 Implications of social inclusion and innovation findings for (citizen) social science research and for future youth/social policy 



Which findings are important takeaways for future innovation and policymaking to increase social inclusion?

How can Y-CSS be utilized to create citizen engagement, social innovation, and informed policymaking for increased social inclusion?

Discussions with key stakeholders and youths together with Suzanne Wilson from UCLan and the YouCount project.


Q & A session with the audience


Ms. Mina STAREVA, Deputy Head of Unit, RTD.D3, Fair Societies & Cultural Heritage, EC  



Boshko Stankovski, 
European Youth Forum and Senior Programme Officer, Governance Section/ Democratization Department, OSCE Mission in Kosovo



Paola Alvarez, Regional Office for the EEA, EU, and NATO. International Organization for Migration, Brussels

Tomas De Groote, Sociale InnovatieFabriek, Brussels

Marc Dunne,
Preston City Council


Josep Perelló, OpenSystems-UB research leader and CoAct project coordinator, University of Barcelona & UBICS




15.35 – 16.00
“Grab a coffee and some snacks” on the way

“Walk- and talk”: What do you find as the most interesting and important findings for future social innovation and policymaking to increase social inclusion?

Mentimeter Exercise 2

 All participants

16.00 – 17.00 

Session 4: Closing up and way forward 

Moderator: Eglė Butkevičienė, KTU

16:00 – 16:45

What are the impacts of YouCount and how can we enhance the benefits and impact of citizen social science?

Short presentations of ECSA & the ECS project, and of YALDA, before discussing: 

Key takeaways and next steps forward to strengthen CSS with and for youth, and its contribution to social inclusion in Europe and internationally.

Usue Lorenz, 

Researcher, Orkestra, FD/

Susana Franco, Researcher Orkestra, FD 

Claudia Fabó Cartas, Scientific advisor ECSA and Project Manager ECS project

Laone Bukamu Hulela, Director, Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA)

16:45 – 17.00

Closing up and thank you   

Reidun Norvoll, 

Project Coordinator, OsloMet

And members of the YouCount project team

17:00 – 18:00

Visit our Exhibition! 


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