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Thinking Citizen Science – Challenges and opportunities for the Social Sciences

Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto |


Call for communications - Closed

Citizen Science is based on an idea of ​​research that is developed in an inclusive and democratic way, with clear benefits for all those who participate in it, with relevance and impact for the development of scientific knowledge and consequent stimulation of scientific culture. It is therefore an effective way to address the diversity and complexity of social challenges.

This practice has gained increasing visibility in the last decade among academics and researchers from all scientific areas, among other reasons, due to its introduction into competitive funding programs and the constitution of international and national associations in the field. However, within the social sciences use of Citizen Science remains more limited, which is a paradox given the long tradition of participation that citizens have in this scientific field, and which contributes to the social devaluation that persists in relation to the social sciences.

To better understand the importance of Citizen Science and enhance the impact and applicability of the knowledge generated for (and with) citizens and for the social sciences, we invite academics, citizen scientists and all those interested, to discuss the characteristics, benefits and challenges of using this approach, as well as to share good practices from practical applications, in particular embedded in any national projects and programmes.

The conference is promoted by the Institute of Sociology of the University of Porto, in partnership with the Portuguese Citizen Science Network, and counts with the special participation of Josep Perelló (University of Barcelona) and the extended commentary by Ana Delicado (University of Lisbon). It will also include sessions for communications selected via an open call, in line with the terms identified below.

Scientific Committee:

Ana Delicado (ICS-UL), Catarina Azevedo (INOVA+), Cristina Luís (Rede Portuguesa de Ciência Cidadã -, CIUHCT, FCUL, ULisboa), João Teixeira Lopes (FLUP, IS-UP), João Queirós (ESE-IPP, IS-UP), Maria João Oliveira (IS-UP).


Proposals for communication:

  • Proposals for communication must be submitted via email including the following elements: authorship, title, 3 to 5 keywords and abstract (150-200 words), indicating if it is a practical case and, if applicable, related SDG(s) addressed.
  • Each person can submit up to 2 abstracts in which he/she is a (co)author.
  • There is no limit to the number of authors per communication.
  • Abstract submission can be done in Portuguese or English.
  • The evaluation of abstracts is the responsibility of the Scientific Committee.
  • Participation in the conference is free of charge.

(New) Deadline for submissions: July 15th, 2022 (17:00 Lisbon time)

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