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An engine of emancipation for several centuries, science, now techno-science, is tremendously powerful today. In order to serve the well being of the whole of humanity on our planet, this power must be driven by other motives than merely the quest for knowledge, the desire for power or the logic of profit. So after the era of the « control of nature » must come that of the « control of science », of citizen science.
The Citizen Science Foundation aims at supporting and prolonging the current movement of democratic and civil appropriation of science in order to put it at the service of the common good.


We, as members of Citizen Science Foundation, aim at promoting the democratic elaboration of scientific and technical choices. We support the organization of public debates on public policies regarding research, technology and expertise. We are also vigilant in analyzing the new methods of deliberation that have increased in number during recent years in order to support those that further a genuine technical democracy.
We aim at stimulating the freedom of expression and debate in the scientific world, at supporting whistleblowers and the development of public controversies and « hybrid forums » on key scientific issues. In total contrast with the fear of public intervention and with technocratic thinking, pluralism and controversy are the source not only of a better exploration of possible worlds and, therefore, of better decisions, but also of an active appropriation of scientific knowledge by the public.
We aim at increasing the capacity for research and expertise of civil society, NGOs, consumerists, citizen movements and trade unions. We support the establishment of a “scientific third sector” that is better able to meet the growing social and ecological demands, which are neglected by the major scientific orientations whether they be defined by the state or by private industry.
  • Scientists and Civil Society Must Move Together toward a New Science mai 18th, 2016 Christian Vélot

    Article proposed and written by an advisory board member of Sciences Citoyennes, Christian Vélot1,2,3,4* , about democracy in science and public engagement, illustrated by a concrete example of participatory research. This is an open-access article, originally published here : http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00096/full.

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  • « Collective wisdom », an interview with Claudia Neubauer, FSC juin 22nd, 2012 Claudia Neubauer

    Fondation Sciences Citoyennes wants science to be closer to the real concerns of citizens. In Paris, Tania Rabesandratana spoke with the organisation’s director Claudia Neubauer about her fight for unbiased, participatory research.

    Science in Society was Framework 7’s funding programme dedicated to reflection and debate on science and technology in our society. It had a budget of €330 million for 2007-13, but the programme has been axed in the proposal for Horizon 2020, the follow-up to Framework 7 for 2014-20. Fondation Sciences Citoyennes, a French not-for-profit association, is among those who are fighting to reverse the programme’s removal. The organisation, founded in Paris in 2002 by a group of researchers, has urged the European Commission to create a comparable funding stream for Horizon 2020 with a €1-billion budget, or 1.25 per cent of the proposed €80bn total budget.

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  • 5th Living Knowledge Conference (LK5) in Bonn (2012) mai 10th, 2012 Sciences Citoyennes - Action collective

    Re-imagining Research Relationships – Co-creating Knowledge in a Democratic Society

    This conference will provide an opportunity for policy makers, academics and civil society organisations to consider current practice and future opportunities in the field of research partnerships.

    The 5th Living Knowledge Conference will set its focus on different themes to get more insight in processes, and develop specific policy recommendations that resonate with public concerns and articulated research needs and built on the experience and know-how of the previous LK conferences in Leuven, Seville, Paris and Belfast. It will be an opportunity to bring together some of the key thinkers and practitioners in the area of community based research, university/community partnerships and Science Shops and aims at providing options and opportunities for collaborations and ensuring that this area of work is prioritised on policy agendas both nationally and internationally.

    The conference will also be a platform to exchange and discuss findings and results of the first half of the PERARES project. PERARES (Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society) is a project which has been awarded financial support by the European Commission as coordination action in the 7th Framework Programme for broarder engagement on science-related questions and structuring public engagement in research.

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  • Project « Co-construction of knowledge and of decisions in research: the example of participatory plant breeding in agri-environment » février 29th, 2012 Sciences Citoyennes

    The project « Co-construction of knowledge and of decisions in research: the example of participatory plant breeding in agri-environment », was directed by the  Fondation Sciences Citoyennes, in partnership with the Réseau Semences Paysannes (Peasant seeds network). The project was funded by REPERE program called Network of Exchange and Projects for Research and Expertise Governance. The French Ministry of Environment implemented it.

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  • The pamphlet on citizen scientists septembre 4th, 2010 Claudia Neubauer

    This pamphlet is an output of the STACS (Science, Technology and Civil Society) project, funded by the European Commission Sixth Framework Programme (Science and Society-19-044597).

    The pamphlet


    Preface: Fieldwork

    Consider the cauliflower. The cauliflowers we eat now tend to be big, white and fluffy. They have been bred this way over the last 30 years, taking the place of the various Italian varieties that were once bred on farms. Europe has largely forgotten the other possible shapes, colours – green, yellow, pink and purple – and flavours of cauliflowers. In the fields and village markets of Brittany, a group of farmers, activists and scientists are trying to help us remember.

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  • 3rd Living Knowledge Conference (LK3) in Paris (2007) août 29th, 2007 Sciences Citoyennes - Action collective

    The 3rd international Living knowledge conference will provide a forum where information on community based research, carried out in both community and academic settings, on new forms of partnerships between research and civil society and on new modes of innovation can be shared and developed. It aims at disseminating and exchanging information on community based and participatory research, on citizens’ science and cooperative innovation.

    Communities building Knowledge – Innovation through citizens science and university engagement

    The 3rd Living knowledge conference

    Organised by the International Network of Science Shops Network, Fondation Sciences Citoyennes (FSC), the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for global responsibility (INES), the Centre of Sociology of Innovation (CSI) and the Unit Political and Social Transformations related to Life Sciences of INRA (TSV).

    Objectives and context for LK3

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  • Towards a real partnership with society – NGO alliance on Framework programme 7 of the EC juin 4th, 2005 Sciences Citoyennes

    European Science Social Forum Network

    The European Science Social Forum Network was a platform of non-profit associations and NGOs as well as individual persons that worked to get a model of scientific and technological progress engaged with a solidary, sustainable and fair society.

    During the third European Social Forum held from the 15th to the 17th October 2004 in London, a number of NGOs and associations working on the field of science and society (i.e., commercial control of science, science and militarism, human genetics, agriculture, science and citisenship, etc) came together. The opportunity was used to stablish an informal network that would help us to coordinate campaigns and organize common actions, as well as to share information, documents, ideas, human resources, etc.

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  • Towards a citizens’ science in Europe : new forms of co-operation between NGOs, citizens and researchers novembre 13th, 2003 Sciences Citoyennes

    Scientific knowledge plays a determining role in the societal development provoking profound social, political, economic and cultural transformations. Traditionally scientific knowledge is seen as being neutral and independent but in fact it is contested and negotiated knowledge that is more and more influenced by pure economic factors and for which the economic and organisational resources are unequally distributed in the society.

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