Citizen science involves members of the public collaborating with researchers in scientific research. During 2018-2021, VA was a partner in the ARCS project, which developed a Swedish portal for citizen science.

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The platform is designed to serve as a knowledge hub and a reference point for everyone who is interested in citizen science in Sweden, with the goal of helping universities and colleges to use citizen science in a responsible and sustainable way to collaborate with society. The portal offers, among other features, tools, guidelines and forums for researchers, citizens and other stakeholders who want to get involved in citizen science. There is also an interactive directory of citizen science projects currently running in Sweden.

The project was developed under the name ARCS and was a collaboration between University of Gothenburg, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,  Umeå University and VA.

The portal was launched on 8 December 2021 in conjunction with the conference Citizen Science in Sweden – practice and potential, held at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm.

About ARCS

ARCS is an acronym for “ARenas for Cooperation through citizen Science”. The project was funded by Vinnova – Sweden’s innovation agency, the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Umeå University

The Swedish portal can be accessed via
with some information in English.

For more information please contact Fredrik Brounéus.

You can read more about the project in the articles below:

| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

Boom in Swedish citizen science – conference and new platform

December saw the launch of Sweden’s national citizen science portal, At a conference on citizen science run by VA (Public & Science) on 8 December 2021, the portal was highlighted, along with the already up-and-running European portal EU-Citizen.Science.

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ECSA 2018 – post-conference reflections on citizen science

The second international conference of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 4–5 June 2018. VA’s Fredrik Brounéus and Dick Kasperowski from the University of Gothenburg gained inspiration for their current work building a Swedish national portal for citizen science. And, as often with conferences, they returned home with more questions than answers.

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