Presentation of the ACTION (Elena Simperl) and TERRIFICA Projects sessions during the European Week of Regions and Cities 2020 at the Coffee with Partners produced by the European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission (DG REGIO).

On October 8th (9:30-11:00 CET) ACTION and TERRIFICA will host the workshop “Citizens safeguarding the environment” during the European Week of Regions and Cities 2020.

Citizens all around Europe are showing growing interest in participatory activities: their engagement not only in social movements and voluntary associations, but also in science-related activities such as citizen science are clear signs of their willingness to be active players in the field. No question, citizens often pay the highest burden of environmental issues; therefore, they are the most appropriate actors to have a voice on the topic. They also have an untapped potential to address environmental issues through their everyday behaviours or through engaging in science.

The workshop presents two successful EU H2020/SwafS projects: ACTION ( and TERRIFICA (

ACTION carried out an open call for citizen science registering more than 100 submissions and is now supporting 12 pilot projects. TeRRIFICA, through its crowd-mapping tool ( gathered personal experiences of climate change in six EU countries. The workshop will show how projects successfully engaged citizens, and how this can support evidence-based decision-making and lead to innovation.

The session will showcase experiences from four pilot projects: Norway and Portugal for ACTION; Serbia and France for TeRRIFICA.

Alexander Gerber, Professor Science Communication, Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Germany.

Tanja Adnađević, Head of Department of programme activity, Center for the promotion of Science -, Serbia.
Charlotte Coquard, Project manager, Sciences Citoyennes, France.
Rui Montero, Project coordinator, Rio Neiva – Environmental NGO, Portugal.
Elena Simperl, Coordinator ACTION Project, Kings College London, United Kingdom.
Norbert Steinhaus, International project manager, Wissenschaftsladen Bonn – Bonn Science Shop, Germany.
Roy van Grunsven, Project manager, Dutch Butterfly Conservation, Netherlands.