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Citizen Science in France

The Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research entrusted François Houllier, President of INRA and of AllEnvi, with a mission on citizen science, for which researchers and citizens work together. A report which drew on responses from interviews with 150 individuals and the 600 internet users who participated in the online consultation was submitted to Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Thierry Mandon on 4 February 2016.


Cooperation between scientists and citizens and between laboratories, amateurs and associations is becoming increasingly widespread and diverse. The field of citizen science is fostered by scientific advancement, interest in studied objects and phenomena, the desire of various stakeholders to participate and successful experiences, and is further stimulated by the potential that digital technology offers. 

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Submission of the report

Published on 02/05/2016

On 4 February 2016, François Houllier, President of INRA and of the French national alliance for research on the environment (AllEnvi), submitted the report on Citizen Science in France to Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research, and Thierry Mandon, Minister of State for Higher Education and Research. The report, which was commissioned by the Ministry in February 2015, drew on responses from interviews with 150 individuals and the 600 internet users who p...

The online survey has now closed

Published on 08/28/2015


The public consultation conducted as part of the Citizen Science mission closed on 10 October 2015.


Some 188 respondents answered the entire survey, and another 608 answered at least some of the questions. Papers submitted by stakeholders are available here.


A selection of proposals from the final report submitted in February 2016 is accessible on this blog. A summary of responses is also available in the report appendices.






Citizen science refers to research...

A recap of Citizen Science Day

Published on 08/28/2015

Before submitting the final report on developing citizen science in February 2016, François Houllier wanted a forum for exchange between all stakeholders to be part of the process. Citizen Science Day was held on 30 July 2015 in Marciac in southwestern France with support from the Mission Agrobiosciences (MAA) to gather input from various actors and discuss research that brings scientists and citizens together. 


A day for open discussion with a three-part focus


1. A review of current thinki...