Young people in Europe are facing many challenges with regard to social inclusion. Social participation, employment, social belonging are important examples. There is a pressing need to develop more knowledge and innovation to create more inclusive and youth-friendly societies. One way to contribute to this is Citizen Social Science with young people - Youth Citizen Social Science (Y-CSS).

We organise a series of three webinars to discuss central questions of Y-CSS and to create a network of interested people. The webinars are for practitioners of Citizen Science, Community-based Research and youth engagement. We would be happy to learn from your experience and the questions you bring. We would be particularly grateful for young researchers and youth organisations to take part. We want to learn from their work and perspectives. People without prior experience are of course also very welcome. These are exciting conversations and we are working hard to make them happen in inclusive and equitable ways.

Participation in the webinars is open to everybody and free of charge. The next two webinars are:

  • 21st October (Methodologies & Evaluation), 13:00-15:00 CEST
  • 4th November (Transformative & Innovative Impact), 13:00-15:00 CEST.

To receive registration information you can subscribe via this form: https://oslomet.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5csdeqrpzwuGNcYkzP6DKh6er9pDaocwYdT

The webinars are organised by the ECSA & LKN Working Group on Empowerment, Inclusiveness & Equity together with the YouCount EU project. The YouCount project is funded by the EC under GA No.101005931. The EIE working group is a voluntary and self-organised format for exchange. It is run by practitioners of Citizen Science and Community-Based Research. To join discussions and receive updates of working group activities you can subscribe to our newsletter: https://www.listserv.dfn.de/sympa/subscribe/ecsa-empowerment.  Please also sign up for the YouCount’s ‘Community of interest - YouCount - Social Citizen Science (youcountproject.eu) if you are interested in building a community of practice for Y- CSS, follow the project and receive news about what is going on.

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: https://cutt.ly/sWpvxKo

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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