STEP CHANGE will implement five Citizen Science Initiatives (CSIs) in the fields of health, energy and environment. The CSIs will tackle the issues of wildlife conservation in Slovenia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in the UK, energy communities in Germany, infectious disease outbreak preparedness in Italy, and off-grid renewable energy in agriculture in Uganda.

The project, launched in March 2021, will draw on the expertise of 13 partners from 7 European countries and Uganda, to increase the mutual responsiveness of science and society while boosting the capacity of scientific investigation over phenomena that cannot be completely seized within conventional disciplinary boundaries.

STEP CHANGE builds on the assumption that citizen science can play an even broader societal and scientific role than is generally acknowledged. The overall objective of the project is to explore the potential of citizen science and to formulate recommendations and instruments for better cementing this approach within R&I institutions as well as changing researchers’ mindsets on its value.

To support the spread of citizen science, the project will design a Citizen Science Navigator, a web-based tool that will collect theoretical and practical insights about different citizen science applications. The aim of the project is to ensure that research institutes make the most of what citizen science has to offer, whilst also identifying, analysing, and limiting the associated risks.

To maximise its impact, STEP CHANGE will make use of a multifaceted methodology not only fostering alignment with local contexts, but also nurturing mutual learning, encouraging self-reflection, and performing participatory evaluation exercises.


We will ensure that processes and outputs of CSIs are aligned with respective societal contexts and we will foster engagement with local stakeholders


We will design a set of support actions to facilitate the transdisciplinary work of the CSIs and we will strengthen mutual learning


We will apply a participatory evaluation approach tailored for each CSI to identify relevant frameworks and indicators


We will formulate recommendations and propose instruments for better cementing the Citizen Science approach within R&I institutions