Thinking Citizen Science – Challenges and opportunities for the Social Sciences


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 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 in the attachment and on the official IS-UP webpages.

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Email: cienciacidada.isup[at]