The SWAFS Work Programme 2018-2020 (WP18-20) has been developed to reflect and support the evolution of science and society and the increased emphasis on their interplay at national and EU levels. There is recognition that co-design with citizens, stakeholders and end-users needs to be promoted in all policy instruments, including in Horizon 2020.
At European Union level, in 2015 Commissioner Moedas identified three strategic priorities, described in Open innovation, Open science, Open to the world (the 3Os strategy), which proposed inter alia that “many more actors will take part [in the research process] in
different ways and the traditional methods of organising and rewarding research will also seemany changes”.
One important dimension of open science is citizen science, which is envisioned as “linked with outreach activities, science education or various forms of public engagement with science as a way to promote Responsible Research and Innovation”.
Giving impetus to this line of activity, citizen science was recently recognised as an open science priority by the Council.
(N.B. All draft work programmes are made public before the adoption of the work programme 2018-2020 to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of this work programme. Only the adopted work programme will have legal value.)