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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!

Exploring civic engagement opportunities of young migrants in Austria

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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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Leading Change with Young People in Preston, UK

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YouCount Preston Case A group of young people in Preston were invited to training sessions, the purpose of which were to find out more about what YouCount is all about. The aim was to equip them with the necessary skills to become youth citizen scientists in community research. In particular, the training events involved young people gathering info...
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The SV Festival - A place for great conversations and inputs

The SV Festival - A place for great conversations and inputs
Written by: Emilie Egelund Rademacher | Student and co-researcher | Copenhagen, Denmark At the beginning of the summer, YouCount Denmark participated with our young co-researchers in the SV Festival. A local music festival with space for knowledge sharing and negotiation of ongoing projects. Being a part of the festival opened discussions...
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"Crazy Eight", Bingo and Pizza - Our way of Youth Citizen Social Science in Oslo, Norway

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YouCount Norway held its first workshop after the summer holidays with young co-researchers from the district Gamle Oslo who are identifying existing (or lacking) job opportunities for local youth, and how social entrepreneurs, public institutions as well as non-profit and non-governmental organizations can increase these opportunities.  How i...
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Common Signs Research Group: promoting social inclusion of hard of hearing citizen scientists

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Gabriella Gálné, a senior researcher at the Common Signs Research Group and the local Living Lab, talks about the YouCount case study in Szeged. How it all began? The University of Szeged researchers organised the recruitment of our research team in the summer of 2021, and in September, they published a new call for applications...
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Identifying the keys to inclusion of unaccompanied young migrants in Gipuzkoa, Spain

Identifying the keys to inclusion of unaccompanied young migrants in Gipuzkoa, Spain
The main objective of our YouCount case, carried out in the Basque Country (Spain) in the province of Gipuzkoa, is to identify the keys to inclusion and exclusion of unaccompanied migrant minors. Together with these young people, we collect their desires, problems, needs and experiences. In addition to these young researchers and us academic resear...
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Generating inclusive territories in Naples, Italy: where have we gone so far?

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Authors: Fortuna Procentese and Flora Gatti, UNINA team The promotion of spaces in which citizens can dialogue and exchange viewpoints is at the base of our work as Community Psychologists. Spaces connoted by openness to others and reciprocal listening. The people compounding local, territorial communities represent the starting point for the ...
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A farewell to YouCount

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Hi everyone, my name is Fredrik Brounéus. I'm a researcher at the civil society organisation VA (Public & Science) and member of the Swedish YouCount team. This is a farewell-and-thank-you note to everyone that I have worked with in YouCount over these past five years. Five years?, you say, surely the YouCount project started in 2021? Yes, it d...
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Setting up Youth Citizen Social Science in practice: Lessons learnt from our consortium meeting in Copenhagen

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In the beginning of June, the YouCount team gathered at Aalborg University (Copenhagen) for the first consortium meeting of the year. After such a long time working online, it was great to get together in person with colleagues from Austria, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and finally meet some of t...
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10 Key Learnings from our Knowledge Sharing Webinars

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YouCount and EIE WG organised three webinars in autumn 2021. In the webinars, we explored how to open research and innovation to young people in the form of Youth Citizen Social Science to make social change. This is what YouCount learned: #1 There is a large interest in the topic of Youth Citizen Social Science with 90 percent (168 people) of thos...
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YouCount Celebrates its Female Researchers on International Women's Day

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8th of March marks the International Day of Women worldwide. A day to celebrate and recognise the great women of past, present, and future. A day to advocate for empowerment, equality, and inclusion. This year the global campaign by UN Women focuses on equality for sustainability. For a positive lasting impact on our environment, economic and ...
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Thank you 2021!...Welcome 2022!

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Thank you 2021! 2021 has been an exciting year for YouCount. In February, we met for our virtual kick-off meeting, aware that we were starting a process that involved a lot of planning, meeting and preparing for youth citizen social science. Ten months later, we are ready to begin a new phase of our project which involves actually doing youth citiz...
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Citizen scientists and co-researchers on a study visit in Hungary

Citizen scientists and co-researchers on a study visit in Hungary
9 citizen scientists and co-researchers from Siklósbodony participated in a study visit at Cinege Farm at Törökbálint and Pallagvölgyi Biogarden at Kóspallag. ESSRG researchers Alexandra Czeglédi, György Pataki, Márton Oblath also accompanied the group. The fundamental purpose of the study visit was to get inspired and acquire k...
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How to Reward Young Citizen Social Scientists?

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In YouCount, youths from nine European countries will participate as citizen scientists in case studies addressing their lived experience of social exclusion and inclusion. As their contribution is essential to the research, there is a genuine need to discuss their rewards and compensation: How to avoid any kinds of exploitation of young citizen scientists?

How should we reward their work? What kinds of rewards should we use? How can we reward an originally volunteer activity? What will constitute a fair solution in the local cases and across the cases? How should we design and develop the SPOTTERON citizen science application? 

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