Blog, News & Events

In this section you can find our blog posts as well our latest news and events. We invite you to comment and share your own reflections beneath each item, if you feel inspired . Any insight, experience or reflection that promote an open dialogue on our shared commitment to increase youth social inclusion in Europe through Youth Citizen Science is welcome!

The experience of the UK Team at the YouCount Final Conference 2023

Written by: Andrew Dirzu, Arishel Jubb, Evie Ball, Khaleel Mamsa, Maria Turda, Suzanne Wilson, Julie Ridley An international audience gathered at the heart of European democracy in Brussels for the final YouCount Conference, including four young citizen scientists (YCSs), four academics and a local government stakeholder from the UK. The confe...
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YouCount Retrospective: A Journey from Hungary to Brussels

The YouCount project has reached its much-anticipated culmination, marking a significant milestone in the realm of youth citizen social science. The final conference, held on the 4th and 5th of December 2023 in the vibrant city of Brussels, brought together a diverse assembly of youth co-researchers, academic professionals, policymakers, and citize...
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Common Signs Miniconference with and for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in Hungary

On 22 September 2023, we organised the national workshop of the YouCount project case study in Szeged (Hungary), the Common Signs Miniconference. The event was organised in collaboration with the Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG), the Research Centre of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Szeged and the National Associat...
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Social innovation and citizen social science through participatory film – YouCount National Workshop in Budapest

The YouCount research team, which has been working in Siklósbodony since 2021, presented its methodological findings at the conference "Visuality, Action, Participation - Visual Interventions and Participatory Research" at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest on 20 October 2023. The conference organisers invited artists, filmmakers,...
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Stories from the YouCount Youth: on new perspectives, being heard more deeply and belonging

This webinar shared the experiences of the YouCount young co-researchers. With warmth, curiosity and openness, they invited everyone to learn about their work. 20 young co-researchers contributed to the webinar, shaping the content and discussion. They explored their learnings, interests and collaborative relationships with case researchers. We are...
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At the intersection of youth, community and belonging. YouCount experiences, findings and continuous innovation – YouCount UK national workshop

Authors: Maria Turda, Suzanne Wilson and Julie Ridley The national workshop as part of the YouCount UK case local dissemination took place on 7th of September 2023. It was a gathering involving Young Citizen Scientists (YCSs), other young people, researchers from the UK team, local and national stakeholders, including local authorities, third secto...
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Stories from the YouCount Youth - On new perspectives, being heard more deeply and belonging.

YouCount is working to co-create new knowledge and innovations to increase youth social inclusion. Since 2020, 100s of young people from local communities and 30 students from universities have worked with researchers on 10 research questions in 9 different countries. This webinar is a unique opportunity for you to learn about the YouCount project....
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Four different perspectives on local youth engagement through sustainable activities

Written by: Emilie Egelund Rademacher | Student and co-researcher | Copenhagen, Denmark  The idea behind the workshop On May 2nd, we, in the Danish case, held a national workshop. The workshop's idea was to discuss how to engage youth in their local environment through sustainable activities within everyday life, education, volunteering, and p...
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Fostering multicultural togetherness in Forcella (Naples, Italy): summing up local case and Living Lab experiences to detect paths for future projects

The promotion of spaces in which citizens can dialogue and exchange viewpoints has been one of the main aims of the Italian local case since the very start of its unfolding. In this vein, since the project is coming to its end, as a final step of the local case and Living Lab paths a joint meeting was organized in Forcella (Naples) by the local res...
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Empowering Young Females and Males: Using Creativity to Explore Gender and Social Justice in the UK Case

The Preston research team made a choice to employ creative methods instead of traditional focus group discussions to delve into the perspectives of young people regarding gender and social justice. Recognising that young individuals might hesitate to express their true thoughts and feelings in a focus group setting, the team opted for creative...
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YouCount, awarded an honorary mention in the European Union Citizen Science Awards

We are very glad to announce that YouCount has been one of the 27 projects recognised with an honorary mention by the jury of the European Citizen Science Award. A total of 336 projects competed for this award promoted by the European Union and Ars Electronica, which aims to support and publicly recognise the best projects in the field of citizen s...
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YouCount travels to the US for the C*Sci23 conference

We are happy to announce that Cathrine Winther, Ph.D. student at the Aalborg University in Copenhagen who also leads the Danish YouCount case, will represent YouCount at the upcoming C*Sci23 conference in Phoenix, USA, with her poster "Co-creating youth engaging strategies - Experiences from youth c...
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Meet the young co-researchers from YouCount

Do you feel empowered by YouCount? Are youths important in your community? What is your favourite thing about being a part of YouCount? Our young citizen social scientists share their thoughts around these questions in a short video they have produced at the Consortium Meeting in San Sebastian, Spain. Video edited by: Emilie Egelund Rademacher...
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"I bring home a piece of reality"

In March 2023, YouCount participants gathered for the Consortium Meeting in San Sebastian, Spain. Our young citizen social scientists interviewed eleven researchers coming from eight countries on their main takeaways from the meeting.Authors: Andrew Dirzu (UK), Elias Mokhlis (Norway), Hamza Nouali (Spain), Hasibe Akan (Sweden) W...
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How the Austrian team is letting young citizen scientists make important decisions

As outlined in our previous blog post, the main goal of the Austrian case is to explore young migrants' political and civic engagement opportunities. To identify these opportunities and propose solutions for any issues connected to the topic, workshops are organized with our young citizen scientists who are themselves representatives of the migrant...
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Social inclusion through the lenses of young citizen scientists in Lithuania

The focus on social inclusion in YouCount  In Lithuania YouCount highlights the need to build social inclusion using citizen social science as a tool to mobilise young people to address social issues that are important for them and to create a sense of belonging to a community. In order to involve into the project a wider target group of ...
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Social inclusion through civic engagement in Botkyrka, Sweden

Can civil-society engagement function as a driver for other forms of social inclusion for young people? And if so, can we identify important drivers for enabling more young people to engage in civil society? These questions lie at the heart of our Swedish YouCount case. The case is carried out in Botkyrka, one of many highly diverse municipalities ...
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“You start to understand why empowerment is so important”

Reidun Norvoll from Work Research Institute at Oslo Metropolitan University is project coordinator of YouCount and manages the Horizon 2020 project since its beginning. At the end of its second year, Reidun looks back at highlights and challenges of 2022 and forward at what lies ahead in 2023.  How was it to manage YouCount in 2022? Managing t...
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Creating a space for intergenerational dialogue at our first Living Lab

  Julie Ridley and Salma Qasim, UCLan research team  Our ambition for the Living Lab In the UK, a team of social science academics and young students are exploring 'community belonging' along with young citizen scientists. Our key aspiration is to identify with the young citizen scientists, new ways to ensure young people feel they belong...
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Exploring civic engagement opportunities of young migrants in Austria

Written by: Melanie Saumer  | Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna, Austria  Based on the most recent statistics, more than a quarter of the Austrian population has migrant background and in fact, the country's population is growing solely because of migration. Moreover, in 2021 alone, 39,930 appl...
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