The Restart Project: The Right to Repair and Reuse your electronics / Frances Cresswell, Holly Davies, Fiona Dear, Mario De Marco, Cristina Ganapini, Shelini Kotecha, Neil Mather, James Pickstone, Ugo Vallauri, Photo: Mark Phillips

Recognizing the role of Citizen Science in Europe

The European Union’s Citizen Science Prize makes a statement. It honors, presents and supports outstanding projects whose social and political impact advances the further development of a pluralistic, inclusive and sustainable society in Europe. The European Commission has entrusted Ars Electronica in Linz with the task of staging this prestigious and highly remunerated competition. The Citizen Science Award is embedded in the large-scale IMPETUS project.

Open Call 2024

Get up to 60,000 euros in support for your Citizen Science project and present it at the upcoming Ars Electronica Festival!

Submission deadline: March 11, 2024

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Support for Citizen Science Initiatives

Citizen Science makes a significant contribution to a vibrant civil society – and this is fortunately also being perceived by an increasingly broad public. The European Commission wants to further promote this development and underline the importance of Citizen Science, not least for the sustainability of our society. The new “European Union Prize for Citizen Science”, which will be awarded for the first time in 2023, is an expression of this concern. The annual prize recognizes outstanding initiatives that put research, innovation, commitment and creativity at the service of our society, empowering us as individuals and strengthening us as a community.

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The 2023 Winners

The “European Union Prize for Citizen Science—Grand Prize”, endowed with 60,000 euros, goes to the initiative Isala: Citizen-science map of the vaginal microbiome from Belgium. “The European Union Prize for Citizen Science—Diversity & Collaboration Award”, worth 20,000 euros, goes to the Urban Belonging Project from Copenhagen, and the “European Union Prize for Citizen Science—Digital Communities Award”, also worth 20,000 euros, goes to The Restart Project: The Right to Repair and Reuse your Electronics.

What is Citizen Science?

Citizen Science describes “the general public engagement in scientific research activities when citizens actively contribute to science either with their intellectual effort or surrounding knowledge or with their tools and resources” (European Commission, 2014). Citizen Science projects are scientific projects that are partly or entirely driven by interested and committed laypersons or practical experts. These “Citizen Scientists” formulate research questions, report observations, carry out measurements, evaluate data or write publications – always in compliance with scientific criteria. Read the IMPETUS definition of Citizen Science to learn more about how Citizen Science is defined within the context of the European Union Prize for Citizen Science.

Schedule

Announcement and call for submissionsJanuary 10, 2024
Deadline for submissions  March 11, 2024
Jury meetingApril 2024  
Announcement of WinnersJune 2024  
Award CeremonySeptember 2024 at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz / Austria
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