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Citizen Science Clinic: Financial sustainability

Sustainability is usually one of the key concerns for many projects, not less citizen science ones. In this last session, participants will learn about existing funding opportunities for citizen science projects at European level. Following that they will hear from three different initiatives on how they made their initial projects financially viable. Finally, working in pairs, participants will have to think about their own projects and their economic sustainability.

Outcomes for this event

  • A better understanding of existing funding opportunities
  • New inspiration about how to pursue financial sustainability for their projects


Programme overview

15:00 Introductions and icebreakers

15:15 Presentation from Linden Farrer from the European Commission on the financial options for Citizen Science projects in Horizon Europe

15:50 Presentation of business models types that can be considered to sustain citizen science initiatives:

  • Rosa Arias (Science for Change): Creating a start-up - a path towards sustainability of CS projects
  • Norbert Steinhaus (Bonn Science Shop): sustainability of Citizen Science through science shops
  • Marco Sebastionnelli (Plusvalue) - impact investing and links with citizen science

16:25 Create your own sustainable business model, adapted to your project

16:50 Wrap-up


  • EU citizen science
  • Ecsite workrooms


Citizen Science Clinic: How to achieve impact with your citizen science project

The Citizen Science Clinic ran from 21 June to 6 July and has now ended.

What kind of impact do I want to get from my citizen science project? And how can I guarantee that it leads to a "genuine scientific outcome" and achieves the desired societal impact, whether in terms of “answering a research question" or "informing conservation actions, empowering citizens, impacting decisions or environmental policy?" How can I ensure and monitor this impact?