INOS: Integrating open and citizen science into active learning approaches in higher education

Funding Source

European Commission


Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships programme


September 2019 – August 2022 (36 months)


Open science,
Citizen science,

Civic engagement,
Digital skills,

Open access resource




Open Science (OS) and one of its components, Citizen Science (CS), are not new in the European Union (EU) although their growth is exponential: over the last decade, OS has rapidly become a catalyst in shaping research and society in the EU and an increasing number of CS initiatives engage citizens in digitised projects for a social purpose in an open framework of collaboration.


In this context, the INOS project stimulated open science by enhancing public engagement in scientific results. Open science brings new opportunities to the higher education sector urging thus higher education institutions to reconsider their societal role. The INOS project connected 3 features that have yet to be closely associated and explored, namely: a) open and citizen science together, b) active learning approaches and c) mainstreaming open science in university interdisciplinary practice and curricula.


Key project outcomes


● Academia permeating society through Citizen Science: Recommendations for Higher Education Institutions.
● A roadmap on consolidating the knowledge base on learning in open science.
● Guidelines on designing, implementing and evaluating open innovation activities.

● Open and citizen science for enhancing skills of higher education educators.

● Roadmap for capacity building on open science and citizen science for research libraries.


● Aalborg University (DK), coordinator
● University of Bordeaux (FR)
● University of Tallinn (EE)
● Oulu University (FI)
● Web2Learn (GR)