POLICY BRIEF Integrating STEM Citizen Science and Public Engagement for Enhanced Research and Innovation Impact

WBC-RRI.NET policy brief.

Feb 29, 2024

Research and Innovation (R&I) stakeholders, including scientists, institutions, and industries, are increasingly recognizing the value of citizen science and public engagement in shaping and enhancing their endeavors. Incorporating citizen perspectives ensures that R&I activities are aligned with societal needs, enhancing the relevance and impact of research outcomes. Furthermore, engaging the public builds support for R&I initiatives, fostering a positive public perception, and potentially attracting additional funding and collaboration opportunities.

Recognizing the transformative potential of inclusive approaches to integrating STEM citizen science and public engagement, key recommendations to foster collaboration, transparency, and societal impact within the R&I sector have been outlined. The policy brief is written by Alexandra Prodromidou, Assistant Professor and Research Associate at the Southeast European Research Centre, Greece, and Anđela Pepić, Head of the Center for Development and Research Support, University of Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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