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Why is it beneficial for citizens to be scientists?

 -  - Why is it beneficial for citizens to be scientists?

Citizen science can be simply and roughly defined as the participation of citizens and other „non-experts“ in scientific research. This collaborative approach, one of the main pillars of open science, is getting more and more traction in the academic sphere, civil society circles, and the public discourse.

Аlthough the Citizen Science is gaining recognition, there are still many open questions about it. How can we practically implement citizen science? Does citizen participation add some significant value to the whole process, or is it just another novelty and a popular filler word we use to appear inclusive?

These, and many more questions regarding citizen science аre answered by researchers from the Institute for Development and Innovation as part of the BEAMING Summer School on Open Science. The Summer School was held from June 24–26, 2024 at the University of Novi Sad, and brought together experts and researchers from partner higher education institutions and research institutes.

All in order to exchange knowledge about the potential of open science in the field of bioeconomy. Attendees got an opportunity to participate in sessions on topics such as FAIR data, citizen science, and the European Open Science Cloud. Additionally, everyone had the opportunity to network, furthering the project’s goals for cross-border cooperation and capacity-building in the bioeconomy sector.

Sinisa Borota from the Institute for Development and Innovation, held a lecture on Citizen Science, highlighting the importance of open, inclusive and collaborative scientific practices in addressing challenges in the context of bioeconomy and realizing wider social benefits.

Besides the Institute for Development and Innovation, the lecturers came from diverse institutions including the Faculty of Agriculture from Novi Sad, the IT Center from the University of Belgrade, EOSC Austria, the Vienna University of Technology, the BioSense Institute, the Institute of Technical Sciences (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts), and the Institute for Nuclear Sciences “Vinča.

The Summer School on Open Science was organized as a part of the BEAMING project, supported by the European Commission through the Horizon Europe Programme. The four-year project aims to promote excellence and innovation in the bioeconomy through collaboration among higher education institutions in Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe, as well as the Western Balkans.