The Institute for Community Studies and UKRI launched this three-year programme in 2021.

Supporting five UKRI-funded projects, the collaboration seeks to share best practice and explore what works in ‘citizen science’, asking how the approach can support people to play a fuller role in the delivery and communication of research.

This programme also aims to inform future participatory research and funding design.

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Science, research, and innovation have become things that people talk about every day, as we have seen how they directly affect our daily lives. This programme hopes to bring the unique experiences and perspectives of people outside the research and innovation system into the research process.” 

Tom Saunders, Head of Public Engagement at UKRI

Citizen science, health research, and the fight against Covid-19

Speaking at an event convened by UKRI, the FSA, and the Institute for Community Studies, Professor Tim Spector shares insights from the world’s biggest citizen science health project – the ZOE Health Study – which provided data in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Videos

Research and reflactions

Telling the whole story: why we must be open about the complexities of citizen science research

Methods & Measurement Peer research

31 October 2022

Dr Helena Hollis says support structures can be developed to build participatory research capacities for the future.

Valuing and enabling citizen science: lessons from the Citizen Science Exploration Grant programme

Institute for Community Studies Peer research

14 August 2022

Exploring UKRI-funded projects, this report makes recommendations for future ‘citizen science’ research and funding design. 

Events

Citizen science for policy and practice

20 October 2022
10:00am – 5:30pm

Join us to discuss the impact of participatory research and citizen science on policy and practice.

Hive Minds: funding a more participatory future for citizen science

16 November 2022
10:00am – 12:00pm

Representatives from UKRI and the Institute for Community Studies discuss ways to support Citizen Science research.

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Please get in touch to find out more about the Citizen Science project.

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