Europe faces a pressing need to build more inclusive and youth-friendly societies. Developing more knowledge and innovations on how to enhance youth social participationemployment and social belonging should include young people themselves. Youth citizen social science (Y-CSS) is the approach through which the research team behind the YouCount project, aims to address this complex challenge.  However, Y-CSS poses in itself important challenges that we need to reflect on, as our project gathers pace.  For that reason, we are organising events to share what we have learned so far, how we are planning to proceed, and listen to your views and suggestions.

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Please be warmly invited to our first webinar: 
“How to open up research & innovation to young people?”
Friday 24th September 2021, 13:00-15:00 CEST - Via Zoom
Agenda and registration link are here:

Tentative agenda

13:00 Welcome from YouCount, idea of webinars & link with EIE WG 

13:15 Setting the scene presentation on knowledge needs, opportunities and challenges of youth participation in research (tbc.)

13:25 What is important for working together? Experiences from Nottingham & Oslo

Experiences from Nottingham
Rick Hall, working with ignite! education charity in Nottingham
Expert, working with Skate Nottingham

Experiences from Oslo
Young researcher, working with Toyen organization
Expert, working with Toyen organization

13:55 Questions & Answers

14:10 Breakout groups - Discussion questions by young people from Nottingham & Oslo

14:30 Sharing from group discussions in plenary

14:45 Reflections on learnings for Y-CSS (tbc.)

15:00 Farewell

As practitioners of Citizen Science, community-based research and youth engagement, we seek to use this series of webinars to create space for discussing important questions of Y-CSS, mobilise feedback on the YouCount framework & start building a community of interest around Y-CSS. Participation is open to everybody and free of charge. The webinars are organised by the Working Group on Empowerment, Inclusiveness & Equity at the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and the Living Knowledge Network (LKN) together with the YouCount EU project.



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What is Citizen Science?

Citizen science (CS) – broadly defined as ‘voluntary participation of the public in the scientific process’ and currently launched by the European Commission (EC) as an open science priority – holds great potential for contributing to new knowledge and innovations, helping create more inclusive societies for young people by supporting science–society collaboration and the active engagement of citizens in research and innovation.

Yet CS is less developed in the social sciences, and evidence of the actual outcomes of CS in social science research is still scant. Thus, YOUCOUNT will respond to these scientific and societal needs by developing youth citizen science in the social sciences (Y-CSS) together with youths as citizen scientists (YCS), supporting the implementation of hands-on CSS in practice and providing a solid evaluation base of the implementation and outcomes of CSS.

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