Citizens in the driving seat on solar energy

Citizens in the driving seat on solar energy

The world is increasingly demanding a shift towards a sustainable energy system that uses renewable sources, like the sun. During the past couple of years, solar-energy technology has experienced a dramatic price drop thanks to research and innovation. Today, it can compete on the market with fossil-based energy in many regions of the world.

But there is still a long road until we use the sun as one main energy source. By developing six innovative solar energy solutions, the project GRECO is here to start changing that.

However, to achieve such goal, GRECO engineers, chemists, physicists need the help from citizens. This is called citizen science. The inclusion of society in the decision-making, design, implementation, analysis and exploitation of research or innovation. It is therefore an active process in which science is co-created with citizens.

GRECO would like citizens to be in the driver’s seat of solar energy research. To do so, we have opened a call for ideas!

By answering three questions like ‘How could you participate in research activities related to solar energy?’ you can help us develop a platform to include citizens in the research process of our partners and hopefully in the entire solar-energy community.

Share your thoughts and spread the word!

#empowering #CitizensInScience @ProjectGreco @ccupf

More information: The Science, Society and Communication Centre of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is part of the GRECO project, a European initiative that gets together six different countries in order to put Open Science into practice in photovoltaic research and innovation. GRECO wants to demonstrate that a stronger social involvement leads to an improved use and acceptance of innovative products in photovoltaics. Based on the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation and citizen participation, GRECO proposes solutions to increase solar panels useful life, reduce the costs, increase performance and support new uses in agriculture and architecture. GRECO is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program under grant contract number 787289.


Projects proposals for the Brain Awareness Week 2019

Projects proposals for the Brain Awareness Week 2019


The DANA Foundation offers a grant offered distributed by FENS in Europe for projects featuring the Brain Awareness Week 2019 (BAW).

The deadline for submitting the proposal is 21 January 2019. For further information and to access the submission form, please visit the FENS website.

The Dana Foundation and FENS encourage you to increase the BAW event’s exposure by officially registering as a BAW partner and posting your event information on the BAW Calendar.

The Brain Awareness Week 2019 will take place from 11 to 17 March.

Contact here:

Here you can submit your project proposal!



Gema Revuelta and Carolina Llorente participate in the kick-off of the CONCISE Project in Valencia

Gema Revuelta and Carolina Llorente participate in the kick-off of the CONCISE Project in Valencia

Gema Revuelta and Carolina Llorente participated in the kick-off of the CONCISE project in Valencia on December 13 and 14.

The Science, Communication and Society Studies Center (SCS-UPF) leads one of the main tasks of the project. In particular, it will be responsible for developing the theoretical framework, an evaluation of teaching in scientific communication in Europe, the guidelines for developing a public consultation for research purposes. On March 22, the pilot of the first public consultation will take place in Barcelona.


CONCISE: Communication role on perception and beliefs of EU Citizens about Science

The CONCISE Project wants to generate a debate at a European level on scientific communication involving many actors, from the media and policy makers, through the scientific community and industry, and even civil society organizations. CONCISE aims to contribute with qualitative data of citizen consultations on the channels through which European society is informed about science, and how this information influences their opinions, beliefs and perceptions. Four specific topics will be explored: vaccines, alternative and complementary uses of medicine, genetically modified organisms and climate change. The consultations will be carried out in 5 countries (Portugal, Italy, Slovakia, Poland and Spain), and in each country 100 people will be consulted taking into account the representation of different social groups, genders, ages, educational levels, ethnic groups, diversities functional and professional careers. The results of the CONCISE project will be scalable and its methodology applicable to other European countries to improve the quality and quantity of scientific communication in Europe.


AMIT develops a database of women researchers and technologists

AMIT develops a database of women researchers and technologists

The Asociación de mujeres investigadoras y tecnólogas (AMIT) has developed a database of women researchers and technologists with the help of LaSexta. This database is open to all those who need to contact an expert in any of the fields of knowledge.


AMIT is a non-governmental, non-profit organization at the national level, made up of researchers and technologists from various disciplines who carry out their research, technology or science management work in public and private Spanish research centers.


The database has already registered more than 1,500 researchers and technologists and will continue to grow because registration is not closed.


The search engine can be accessed from the AMIT website:

Or from the Constants and Vitals of LaSexta:

Carolina Llorente participates in the III Conference RSU-RRI: Transparency and integrity in the university institution of the University Jaume I

Carolina Llorente participates in the III Conference RSU-RRI: Transparency and integrity in the university institution of the University Jaume I

The III RSU-UJI Conference took place on November 29 and 30, 2018, at the Universitat Jaume I (Castellón). Carolina Llorente participated in the roundtable “RRI in practice: challenge and opportunities” and later presented the results of the study “What are the keys to create a good practice for citizen participation?“.


Information about the conference:

Integrity and transparency in the management and use of resources are shaped as growing demands of society and raise the challenge of universities and research centers to publicly respond to their actions in a clear and accessible manner. The III Conference on University Social Responsibility (RSU) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) are consolidated as a forum for meeting, reflection and debate on the management of social responsibility in higher education centers. The first day will be addressed in the discussion of the different institutionalization strategies of the RSU, while the second one will focus on the trends and challenges that are posed with a view to favoring more responsible research and innovation. In this way, following the outline of previous editions, the first session will focus on the state of the RSU question, while the second one will be dedicated to the RRI.

The days promoted by the University Jaume I have the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy

Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy

In mid-October, the open access book “Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy:” was published by UCL Press. By reaching out far and wide, and providing a set of 31 chapters that cover different issues in the interface between citizen science, open science, social innovation, and policy, it was aimed to create a useful volume that can serve the different audiences that are interested in citizen science. It can also be interesting for the science communication community.

The book covers many aspects of citizen science – from capacity building and the ten principles of citizen science to case studies in different parts of the world as well as thoughts about storytelling in citizen science.

The book is free and you can now download it from UCL Press website:

About the book: Citizen science, the active participation of the public in scientific research projects, is a rapidly expanding field in open science and open innovation. It provides an integrated model of public knowledge production and engagement with science. As a growing worldwide phenomenon, it is invigorated by evolving new technologies that connect people easily and effectively with the scientific community. Catalysed by citizens’ wishes to be actively involved in scientific processes, as a result of recent societal trends, it also offers contributions to the rise in tertiary education. In addition, citizen science provides a valuable tool for citizens to play a more active role in sustainable development.

Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy identifies and explains the role of citizen science within innovation in science and society, and as a vibrant and productive science-policy interface. The scope of this volume is global, geared towards identifying solutions and lessons to be applied across science, practice and policy. The chapters consider the role of citizen science in the context of the wider agenda of open science and open innovation, and discusses progress towards responsible research and innovation, two of the most critical aspects of science today.