Citizen science in Horizon Europe proposals and projects

With Horizon Europe, Open Science is not limited anymore to open access but is defined as “an approach based on open cooperative work and systematic sharing of knowledge and tools as early and widely as possible in the process”. The European Commission encourages the engagement of citizens, civil society and end-users in this cooperative work. In some calls it is not only an encouragement, but even clearly required in the call topic.

But what is meant by citizen science in Horizon Europe context? When is it encouraged, when is it needed? What do I need to know as an applicant? What are the lessons learned of active projects? NCP Federal BE, NCP Flanders, NCP-FNRS and NCP Wallonie have set up this workshop to tackle these questions and help you to understand how and when integrate citizen science in the design of your Horizon Europe project.

This workshop will take place in Brussels (on site only) on 12 October 2023. Registration to this event is open until the 5th of October. Our target audience for this event is limited to researchers and staff members of federal or FWB institutions or organisations located in Flanders or Wallonia, willing to participate to the programme Horizon Europe as beneficiary. The organising National Contact Points (NCPs) reserve the right to decline any registration.

Do not hesitate to contact one of the organisers should you have any question:


NCP Federal BE

NCP Flanders


NCP Wallonie

Event Details


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  • Registration and coffee
  • Welcome and introduction
  • Citizen science in Horizon Europe: setting the scene

    Gabriella Leo, PhD, Policy Officer, European Commission - DG Research & Innovation, Open Science

  • Questions & Answers
  • Citizen science in Horizon Europe: project examples

    Interactive session with:
    - Dr. Sarah Ahannach (Antwerp University), collaborator of ERC Starting grant project Lacto-Be, winner of the Grand Prize of the EU prize for citizen science 2023 with ISALA
    - Michel Debruyne, director and Sofie Put, project manager ( - coordinator of Horizon Europe Cluster 2 project INVOLVE
    - Carina Veeckman (imec-SMIT and VUB), involved in Cluster 6 project Urban Releaf and in missions projects CLIMAS & up2030
    - Nele Nivelle, PhD (KU Leuven) - An analysis of Horizon Europe pillar 2 ESRs (LERU)

  • Wrap up of the workshop

    Marc Vanholsbeeck, Director, Federal Science Policy (Belspo) - Federal, Interfederal and International Coordination

  • Light lunch
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