FORTHEM Labs for Reasearch, Education and Innovation

Labs are FORTHEM’s expert networks that consist of teams of researchers, students and external partners that work together to address pressing societal challenges in Europe. While Labs mostly focus on academic actors and their external partners, they also welcome private citizens who want to contribute to their work. Citizens can contribute to Labs by volunteering their skills or expertise to a Lab whose topic they find interesting, and in this way help with the multi-stakeholder collaboration that allow the Labs to work on with a wide perspective on challenging issues.

If you want to learn more about Labs and their themes, click here. If you are interested in joining a Lab or want to know more about them, you can contact the respective Lab’s local coordinator at your home university. The contact details of the Lab coordinators can be found in the descriptive pages of each Lab, behind the link.


Citizen science and sociolinguistics pilot

University of Jyväskylä is conducting a pilot that combines citizen science and sociolinguistics as an output of the Multilingualism in School and Higher Education Lab.

The aim of the pilot project is to address the linguistic diversity in schools and to actively involve different members of the society, in this case students, pupils and teachers, in sociolinguistic research. This will be done first by piloting, after which conducting a citizen science project in outreach schools of the partner universities is planned. The project will first be piloted in Jyväskylä, Finland, and then in Opole, Poland. The University of Valencia, Spain, will contribute to the planning and the dissemination of the pilot. In mid-October, the Jyväskylä team reaches already the phase of training a group of pre-service teachers of the LAMP (Language Aware Multilingual Pedagogy) Teacher Education Programme to practice citizen science. Afterwards, the students will train pupils in Mankola Comprehensive School, an associated partner of FORTHEM Alliance in Jyväskylä. University students and pupils together plan a research project, collect and analyse data and share the results through the medium and form of their choice. A presentation of the results and discussion on future plans will be held on the 9th of November. Finally, the results will be shared online with the partners in Opole and Valencia. The Opole team has started working on the pilot as well and they look forward to conducting a similar collaboration with schools in Opole in the spring semester of 2021 the latest. Contributors of the autumn pilot: Output Managers: Petteri Laihonen (Jyväskylä) and Marcin Deutschmann (Opole) Researcher team at JYU: Tamás Péter Szabó, Kristiina Skinnari, Tarja Nikula-Jäntti and Venla Rantanen

If you would like to involve in Citizen science activities, please contact any of the FORTHEM office listed below:

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Jyväskylän yliopisto

Latvijas Universitāte

Università degli studi di Palermo

Université de Bourgogne

Universitat de València;

Uniwersytet Opolski