CSS Summer School

Citizen Social Science School: Social Dimensions in Citizen Science

Date: September 13-23, 2021
Place: Online (Zoom and Campus Virtual UB / Moodle) 
Max. Number of attendees: 30
Number of hours: 36 hours 
Deadline for expression of interest: July 15, 2021
Documents to provide: Short CV/Max 2 pages and a 200 words Motivation Letter (through a form)


The main goal is to offer academic researchers a common space and a shared time to reflect, discuss, learn, and receive practical guidelines to explore social dimensions behind a wide set of Citizen Science practices related to social issues and when involving groups and persons in a vulnerable situation acting as co-researchers. 


Citizen Social Science is a participatory research approach co-designed and directly driven by citizen groups sharing a social concern. There are many ways to enhance the social dimension of Citizen Science, but the school will focus on the possibilities of running participatory research involving groups in a vulnerable situation that act as co-researchers.

The school takes impulse from the EU H2020 SWAFS CoAct (Co-designing Citizen Social Science for Collective Action) project experiences and partners. It aims to invigorate the academic community around a wide set of Citizen Social Science practices while providing a critical view on their strengths and challenges. School participants will have the opportunity to discuss, identify and develop skills to conduct a Citizen Social Science project. The school will explore aspects and dimensions to be considered and will provide tools and resources. It will introduce participants to visions, disciplines and methods helping to enhance the social dimension in Citizen Science set of practices. The school will also critically discuss challenges and difficulties in practical terms and based on specific international experiences (Spain, Austria, and Argentina among others).

The school is addressed to researchers who want to learn how Citizen Social Science can be realised. Early-career researchers are highly welcome, as are any other researcher since the school aims to be inclusive in all terms. The school also seeks for diversity of profiles, perspectives, and scientific disciplines among participants to enable a mutual learning environment.

The school is a formal education activity officially recognized by the Universitat de Barcelona.

Learning Outcomes

The participant will have the opportunity learn aspects related to the following elements:  

  • Review of transdisciplinary aspects to Citizen Social Science (Open Science, Ethical Research, Digital participation, Co-evaluation and Policy Impact) 
  • Practical examples of Citizen Social Science practices where groups in a vulnerable situation are acting as co-researchers 
  • Portfolio of collaborative participatory research models (interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international)  
  • Practical tools to maximize success and minimize challenges of Citizen Social Science 
  • Development of an international network of peers  
  • Strategies to be inclusive in a citizen science project 

Participants Requirements

Participation from a wide range of disciplines, countries and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds are highly encouraged. Early-career researchers, such as registered doctoral researcher at a university or post-doctoral researcher, are particularly welcomed but not limited to. Early-career researchers should be well advanced in their doctoral project and keenly motivated to work intensively and contribute over the course of the two weeks. Candidates must be available for the entire duration of the school and must be prepared to actively participate in all activities.  All sessions will be conducted in English, and therefore fluency in both spoken and written English is highly recommended.

Evaluation and UB Attendance Certificate

Participants will receive a certificate if they participate more than 80% of the sessions and give a final presentation made in small groups of 6 persons maximum. Evaluation will be given in terms of the final presentation. 

How to Apply?

  • Fill in the following form

Program (to be updated in the following weeks)

September 13-17, 2021: Monday to Friday (13:30h-18h CEST) 

September 20-23, 2021: Monday to Thursday (13:30h-18h CEST) 

36 hours in total. 

The school will include:  

  1. W: workshops (2 hours duration), hands-on activity with the possibility of having several rooms. 
  1. S: seminars with invited speakers (1 hour duration) with time for discussion. 
  1. R: Round Table (with invited persons for the seminar). Sort of interviews around the theme raised in the previous seminar. We will invite Advisory Board members and we will organise a specific round table with our sister EU projects (or others). 
  1. M: Mentorship and work in small groups of 6 persons maximum to work together (2 hours duration each session). The work will be specifically planned and oriented by a group of mentors that will better adjust to your interests. Mentor will be available during the school period and will be supporting groups with specific knowledge. The team configuration will be based on students’ profiles to augment diversity and promote mutual learning dynamics. They will be configured during the first two days of the school. 

Each session will include specific materials that will be left open and accessible.  In small groups (4-5 persons), the participants will also have the possibility to create their own project prototypes with the mentorship of CoAct project partners and topic specific or skills specific set of mentors. Specific dynamics will be offered to guide the participants in this process during the school duration. 

If you have questions or doubts do not hesitate to contact us. Send an email to josep.perello@ub.edu