A collaborative project sharing best practice and exploring what works in ‘citizen science’ research around the UK.
Through citizen science, people can explore issues that matter to them, take part in solving global challenges, shape the questions that researchers ask, and learn new skills. We hope the lessons from this programme will inspire communities and researchers around the UK.”Tom Saunders, Head of Public Engagement at UKRI
This three-year, UKRI-funded programme launched in 2021. Working with researchers and citizen scientists from five projects, our collaboration seeks to share best practice and explore what works in ‘citizen science’, asking how a range of participatory approaches can support people to play a fuller role in the design, delivery and communication of research.
This programme also aims to inform future participatory research and funding design.Read more
What is 'citizen science'?
Our short video explores the value and purpose of participatory research approaches.
Discussion and debate
28 November 2023
5:30pm – 7:00pm
A forum bringing together community members who have been involved in and led community-based, participatory and citizen science research projects.
Citizen science, health research, and the fight against Covid-19
Speaking at an event convened by UKRI, the FSA, and the Institute for Community Studies, Professor Tim Spector shares insights from the world’s biggest citizen science health project – the ZOE Health Study – which provided data in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Research and reflections
31 October 2022
Dr Helena Hollis says support structures can be developed to build participatory research capacities for the future.
14 August 2022
Exploring UKRI-funded projects, this report makes recommendations for future ‘citizen science’ research and funding design.
Dr. Marc Kuchner, Chief Science Officer at NASA, reflects on his organisation’s extensive work using citizen science approaches.
How is citizen science being used, what’s the view on the ground, and what does it take to share good practice and scale up?
Dr Steve Scott describes UKRI’s journey in supporting citizen science, working to enable diverse groups to participate with, and collaborate in, the research and innovation process.
This panel discussion reflects on the findings of a review of UKRI’s Citizen Science Exploration Grant-funded projects, and explores ways to support participatory research approaches.