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Creating a more sustainable world through solar energy

7. May 2019by ECSA
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Creating a more sustainable world through solar energy

Fostering cooperation between citizens and scientists

Do you love citizen science? Do you like challenges? Then a project seeking to involve citizens in solar energy research might be what you are looking for – and it offers the chance to win up to €1,700!

The EU-supported GRECO project fosters cooperation between citizens and scientists. One of its goals is to involve citizens in research, development and innovation processes in the field of solar energy. In its latest call for participation, GRECO is looking for exciting ideas about how scientists can improve solar research and make it more citizen-friendly.

In the run-up to this call, 50 scientists have suggested what citizen science involvement might look like. For example, “owners of solar energy systems should provide the production data of their facilities for scientific investigation and also convince their neighbours to install solar energy systems”.

How might we achieve this in practice – via an app, a game, an event or video? Let your imagination run free. All we want are your creative, implementable ideas, expressed in a concrete work plan; expertise in solar energy is not required.

If this sounds interesting, then register by the deadline of 23:59 on 15 May 2019. You can find further information and the registration form on the GRECO website. After this, the schedule will be:

  • Opening ceremony (virtual): 17 May 2019
  • Working phase: 17-24 May 2019
  • Evaluation of ideas: 27 May – 7 June 2019
  • Award ceremony (virtual): 14 June 2019

The work doesn’t end there – from June to November 2019, the award-winning ideas will be turned into real research projects by GRECO scientists, then presented to the European Commission.

So if you want to be part of a brighter future in Europe, sign up now!

About us

GRECO is a multinational research project funded by the European Commission. Its main goal is putting open science and other responsible research and innovation (RRI) approaches into action in the solar energy sector. GRECO is a pilot project for any kind of research. In addition, it aims to bridge the gap between societal challenges of the EU-funded Research and Innovation Programme Horizon2020 (H2020) and social science research under the Science with and for Society (SwafS) Programme.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°787289