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Target Audience

  • Scientific and technological system: academia, research institutions; infrastructures; libraries and archives

  • Society: civil society institutions; local and community-based institutions; non-governmental organizations; companies; average

  • Decision makers: government; municipalities; funding and research agencies


Research and innovation processes developed exponentially throughout the 20th century, following the need and trend towards democratizing access to knowledge and its benefits to society.

Expressions such as “social responsibility”, “responsible research (RRI)”, “public engagement”, “collaborative research”, “co-creation” or “citizen science” constitute today an evolution in the way science is thought, created, communicated and appropriate.

This evolution, and its integration into the Open Science paradigm, has created contexts for the inclusion of multiple social actors in active participation in scientific processes and  in the definition of research agendas, aligning science processes and results with as expectations, as needs and society's challenges.

This vision has also been promoted and developed  at the international level, in particular within the framework of the European Commission, acquiring special relevance through citizen science practices and projects, in which citizens who do not formally work in the science participate and contribute to scientific projects.

In Portugal, there are several initiatives for public participation in science, in a logic of citizen science and participatory_science participated_science, involving citizens in all stages of scientific activity.

The strategic definition assumed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education in terms of Open Science, assumes Citizen Science as one of the decisive pillars for its implementation, as it recognizes that trust, transparency and relevance of science increase when carried out in relationship with society and, above all, the ability to encourage involvement as a way of bringing communities together, creating environments conducive to social, scientific, economic and cultural innovation.

The challenges posed by Citizen Science are still fundamental for formative and methodological renewal in terms of teaching and research, introducing new methods and new learning based on a model of collaboration, co-creation and multidirectional knowledge transfer.

THENational Meeting of Citizen Science, promoted by the State Secretariat for Science, Technology and Higher Education, in collaboration with the Foundation for Science and Technology and Ciência Viva - National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, seeks to bring together communities involved in Citizen Science initiatives in Portugal and highlight experiences, paths and examples that allow us to collectively answer the question: What happens when we place science in society, when we open it up to the public?

Bearing in mind the ongoing international dynamics in this domain, this meeting also has the purpose of starting the debate for the creation of a National Strategy for Citizen Science.


  • Make known the principles and fundamentals of Citizen Science.

  • Promote increased participation and involvement of citizens in scientific activities, sharing and collaborative construction of knowledge.

  • Train for the use, management, sharing and curation of research data.

  • Identify, map and aggregate citizen science initiatives, projects, campaigns and challenges in Portugal.

  • Align with transnational and international activities of citizen participation and/or citizen involvement in solving challenges.

  • Encourage the creation of a Citizen Science community

  • Start the debate for the creation of a National Strategy for Citizen Science.


10 am |Opening session

  • Maria Fernanda Rollo| Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education

10:30 am |Citizen Science: What is it? how to do

11:30 am | coffee break


11:45 am |Create Communities

12:45| free lunch


14:00 |Flashtalks: Sharing projects and experiences

3:45 pm | coffee break

4:15 pm |My Citizen Science project in 3 minutes

  • Galls of Portugal
    Francisco Alejandro López Nunez| Center for Functional Ecology at the University of Coimbra


  • On implication: political economy and scientific work
    Gonçalo Velho


  • Citizen science mission “ReSEED: looking for the lost and forgotten seeds”
    Dulce Freire| Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon



    Carla Rego| Portuguese Society of Entomology; Center for Ecology Evolution and Environmental Changes, University of the Azores.



  • galaxy zoo
    Ana Alves| Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences




  • MosquitoWeb
    Maria Theresa Novo| NOVA University of Lisbon, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Global Health and Tropical Medicine





17h00 |Debate: National Citizen Science Strategy

  • Maria Fernanda Rollo| Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education

  • Ana Sanchez| Foundation for Science and Technology

  • Carlos Catalan| Live Science

  • Paulo Gama Mota| Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra


5:30 pm | closure

Participation at National Citizen Science Meeting is free but registration is mandatory 

You can submit proposals for the session “My Citizen Science Project in 3 Minutes” until October 20th.

To send a proposal click onAdd a File.  

The following elements must be included: Name of the responsible for the project, Name and Link of the project, text (up to 100 words).

Authors of accepted proposals  will be notified by October 22nd.




Estrada das Laranjeiras, 205

1649-018 Lisbon


buses| 726, 755, 764


Subway| Blue Line / Blue Line – Stop / Stop Laranjeiras or / or Jardim Zoológico


Train| seven rivers


GPS| 38.744632 | -9.168682

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