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Interactive Workshop “Citizen science and data sharing boosting large physics infrastructure research”

Europe is home of major world class research infrastructures which are crucial enablers of research and technological innovation and drivers of multidisciplinary and data-intensive science. Such research infrastructures can also play a key role in eliminating anti-intellectual beliefs in society and providing citizens with the intellectual ammunition needed to become critical consumers of scientific knowledge.

This can be done by creating a well-functioning ecosystem that allows new forms of co-creation among professional researchers, as well as among researchers and citizen scientists. The first can be achieved through opening and making available research data, the second by empowering citizens not only with access to research outputs but also to take part in the process of scientific discovery producing high-quality data and adding to the scientific knowledge.


Overview of programme

  • 9:30 -9:35 Welcome (Francesco Mureddu)
  • 9:35-09:50 Introduction of the project – Stavros Katsanevas (including demonstrators and roadmap)
  • 09:50-10:20 Theme 1: Going beyond outreach
  • 10:20-10:50 Theme 2: Citizen Science in REINFORCE and formal/informal Education
  • 10:50-11:20 Theme 3: How to share and re-use research data from EOSC
  • 11:20-11:50 Theme 4: What’s in it for the citizen scientists
  • 11:50-12:30 Conclusion - report from the four sessions



Theme 1: Going beyond outreach: Citizen Science as an effective way of engaging the general public with Large Research Infrastructures in Physics
Short description
Preliminary findings from citizen engagement in REINFORCE and its potential for Large Research infrastructures’ outreach.

Target audience
RPOs (with a focus on Large Research Infrastructures) and RFOs

Theme 2: Citizen Science in REINFORCE and formal/informal Education
Short description
Preliminary Findings from teacher training and piloting with schools regarding the introduction of frontier science of Large Research Infrastructures to formal and informal education through citizen science.

Target audience
Educational policy stakeholders (national / international); Education and outreach departments of experiments; School Heads Association; Informal education stakeholders;

  • Representatives of demonstrators
  • Citizen Science for Education experts
  • Educators engaged in REINFORCE activities

Theme 3: How to share and re-use research data from EOSC

Short description

This session explores the benefits of integrating the data produced in the project in the EOSC infrastructure, and/or more in general how to exchange data among Large Research Infrastructures in Physics and also to researchers. Discussion will be based on a focus group in which researchers will express their view on possible uses of EGI services to their advantage.

Target audience

Practitioners using cloud and open data, researchers from Large Research Infrastructures and researchers potentially re-using the science data produced.

Programme for the session:

  • 15 minutes: presentation of the EGI services - Ville Tenhunen
  • 15 minutes: potential re-use of data from EOSC
  • 15 minutes: structured questions & discussion

Theme 4: ZSI: What is in for citizens scientists?

Short description

This session explores the personal benefit for participating citizen scientists in our Reinforce demonstrator projects implemented with large research infrastructures. Findings from self-assessment focus groups with the demonstrator research teams as well as findings from questionnaires with citizen scientists will be shared. Also a live demonstration of one of the Zooniverse Reinforce projects will be given, followed by a moderated discussion to validate findings and to formulate a citizen science programme and to feed into roadmap.


Target audience

policy makers, citizen scientists, researchers, civil society, research infrastructure providers and science communicators


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