On Thursday 21 March, an online event in the field of public health and citizen participation took place. Titled "Science4Pandemics: Innovative solutions to address public health challenges affecting adolescents", this event brought together more than a dozen municipalities, mainly from Catalonia, but also from other municipalities in Spain.

In this presentation, ISGlobal researcher Pere Millat offered a detailed perspective on the concept of citizen science and how collaboration between citizens and scientists can significantly improve the health and well-being of the adolescent population. He emphasised that citizen science has a transformative effect, raising issues, making them visible, socialising and supporting them, which leads to changes in habits and raises awareness. Finally, the researcher presented concrete examples of successful projects in this field, such as the Mosquito Alert project, the orchid conservation programme in Vitoria Gasteiz or the Library Living Lab in Sant Cugat del Vallés.

ISGlobal's Director General, Quique Bassat, then presented the European Science4Pandemics project and its citizen science projects on vaccine uptake and the digitisation of clinical trials. After his speech, Begonya Nafria, Coordinator of the Patient Participation Area of the Sant Joan de Déu Foundation, presented the services offered by the project to municipalities to develop educational intervention programmes and citizen science research in the field of adolescent health through different data collection and interpretation techniques.

The full presentation can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWdMISfvhJk

If you want to learn more about the services Science4Pandemics can offer and explore potential collaborations, you can request a personalised meeting by writing to info@science4pandemics.eu. This way, we can present in detail how we can work together to address the public health challenges affecting our youth.