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Policy brief on "Citizen Science & Open Science: Synergies & Future Areas of Work"

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Citizen Science (CS) and Open Science (OS) are among the most discussed topics in current research and innovation policy, and are becoming increasingly related. This policy brief was developed with contributions from a mixed group of experts from both fields. It aims at informing decision makers who have adopted Citizen Science or Open Science on the synergies between these approaches and the benefits of considering them together.
By showcasing initiatives implemented in Europe, this document highlights how Citizen Science and Open Science together can address grand challenges, respond to diminishing societal trust in science, contribute to the creation of common goods and shared resources, and facilitate knowledge transfer between science and society to stimulate innovation.
The issues of openness, inclusion and empowerment, education and training, funding, infrastructures and reward systems are discussed regarding critical challenges for both approaches. The document concludes by recommending to consider Citizen Science and Open Science jointly, to strengthen synergies by building on existing initiatives,
launching targeted actions regarding education and training, and infrastructures.
This policy brief was developed within the framework of the Horizon 2020 project ‘Doing It Together Science’ (DITOs) to establish a collaborative network with external organisations and decision makers throughout Europe.