Invitation to participate in the event “Perspectives of Citizen Science in Lithuania”

Mykolas Romeris University (MRU), Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) and the Office of Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures of the Republic of Lithuania invite to take part in the event “Perspectives of Citizen Science in Lithuania”, which will take place on 13 September, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Vilnius Techpark in Vilnius.

A new EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe is still under development, but the importance of openness in science has already been enshrined in the initial guidelines. In this context, open science does not only mean databases and information sharing accessible to all. Openness is also sought through collaboration – expanding the audience of researchers, the methods of research organization and engaging the public in various forms. This is where the importance of application of citizen science becomes apparent.

Although the engagement of citizens in research activities in the EU has been increasingly encouraged, there is limited discussion on the subject in Lithuania. The aim of the event is to present the concept of citizen science and to launch a discussion on how to open up scientific processes in Lithuania by attracting citizens to participate in open science initiatives. During the event, citizen science experts from Germany, Sweden, Belgium and Spain will share their experiences, success stories and recommendations.

Lithuanian research and higher education policy makers, scientists and citizen science enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the event. The event is free. Registration is required due to a limited number of seats.

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14:30-15:00 Registration. Welcome coffee.
15:00-17:00 Foreword
Mykolas Romeris University, EU-Citizen ScienceCitizen science – how do ordinary people contribute to scientific achievements?
Citizen Science Coordinator, Human Computation InstituteEnsuring Research Ethics Involving Citizens (in Lithuanian)
Loreta TAUGINIENĖ, the Ombudswoman for Academic Ethics and Procedures, Lithuanian representative for COST activities at the CA15212 Management Committee

Citizen Science in the EU and Germany
EU-Citizen Science, Museum für Naturkunde (Germany)

Pupils and science: Swedish experiences
Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Sweden)

Citizen Science Network in the European Union
ECSA | European Citizen Science Association (Belgium)

Institutional Support for Citizen Science: Lessons from Spain
Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competition of Spain, Foundation of Science and Technology (FECYT)

17:00-18:00 Open discussion: How to open scientific processes in Lithuania and attract citizens to participate in open science initiatives?

Moderated by: Eglė Butkevičienė (Kaunas University of Technology), Lithuanian representative for COST activities at the CA15212 Management Committee

The event will be held in Lithuanian and English, without translation.

Information to be provided by Monika Mačiulienė (maciuliene@mruni.eu)

The event is financed from the funds of the Horizon 2020 project “Platform for Sharing, Initiating, and Learning Citizen Science in Europe” (EU-Citizen.Science).