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Stimulating the development of citizen science

The official submission of the report by François Houllier on “Citizen Science in France” to Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Thierry Mandon at the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research in Paris.

Submission of the report by François Houllier on “Citizen Science in France” to Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Thierry Mandon. © INRA
By Eric Connehaye translated by Teri Jones-Villeneuve
Updated on 04/02/2017
Published on 02/04/2016

On 4 February 2016, François Houllier, President of INRA and of the French national alliance for research on the environment (AllEnvi), submitted the report on “Citizen Science in France” to Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research, and Thierry Mandon, Minister of State for Higher Education and Research. The report, which was commissioned by the Ministry in February 2015, drew on responses from interviews with 150 individuals and the 600 internet users who participated in the online consultation over the past year. This document, which is divided into three sections (situation analysis, good practices and recommendations), was written in collaboration with Jean-Baptiste Merilhou-Goudard, Advisor to the President of INRA.

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Citizen Science in France

Citizen Science in France. © INRA
Citizen Science in France © INRA

Beyond simply following the major principles and good practices of each research project, developing citizen science requires forming a comprehensive set of practices; identifying and adapting technical, financial and regulatory means; and the broad involvement of the educational community. This institutional mobilisation applies to research operators (organisations and universities), financing agencies, and regional and public authorities.

Download the 28-page summary: Citizen science report
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Download the full report (in French):   Rapport de la mission Sciences participatives - Février 2016
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Download all appendices (in French):  Annexes au rapport de la mission Sciences participatives - Février 2016
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Citizen Science in France

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