Workshop Report WG 4: Citizen Science & Social Innovations

WG4 Workshop “Citizen Science and Social Innovations”



Start: 15 April 2019, 10:30                           

Finish: 16 April 2019, 16:00


Kaunas University of Technology, A. Mickeviciaus 37, Kaunas

Participants (signed via e-COST):

Egle Butkeviciene, Loreta Tauginiene, Andrzej Klimczuk, Mare Ushkovska, Monika Mačiulienė, Alexandra Albert, Minela Kerla, Mariana M. de Brito, Barbara Heinisch, Luciano Massetti,  

Summary of participants: 11 (10+1 online) from 9 countries (UK, LT, DE, AT, BA, PL, IT, MK, TR).


Monday, 15 April 

10:30 ­– 12:00


Welcome | Introduction of the participants | Introductory presentations

Egle Butkeviciene: Defining Social Innovations

Loreta Tauginienė: In quest of linkage - Social Innovations and Citizen Science

13:00 – 16:30  


Sharing experience: presentations by workshop participants:

Andrzej Klimczuk (Engagement of Older People in Co-Production of Public Policies Production and Services)

Mare Ushkovska (Citizen Science in Macedonia: A Case of Novelty and Limited Applications),

Monika Mačiulienė (Co-Creation of Public Value Through Citizen Science),

Alexandra Albert (Making Citizen Science Work),

Minela Kerla (Online Learning Platforms as New Schools: UONEDU Case Study),

Mariana M. de Brito (Citizen science in natural hazards vulnerability assessment: a case study in Brazil),

Barbara Heinisch (A brief overview of social innovations stimulated by citizen science in Austria)

Luciano Massetti (Citizen Science, Education and Social Innovation Some Cases from Italy)

Esra Per (Citizen Science in Turkey, Key study on non-native parakeets monitoring)

Tuesday, 16 April 

10:00 – 15:00


Hands-on workshop



Closing remarks


Summary of the workshop:

Social innovations are understood as new ideas or initiatives that make it possible to meet our society’s challenges in areas such as the environment, education, employment, culture, health, economic development and to achieve social goals (Vinals & Rodriguez, 2013). Citizens can contribute to solving of social problems through different initiatives and projects resulting also in citizen science. Many citizen-science projects serve education and social goals, thus opening an arena for development of social innovations. In this workshop, we have discussed how citizen science can contribute society’s goals and development of social innovations. WG4 workshop “Citizen Science & Social Innovations” contributes to WG4 Task 3 and Deliverable 5, especially, to the objective of this WG to raise awareness of the results of CS contributions and their implications for developing social innovation interventions.

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