EduCaixa and IrsiCaixa Living Lab for Health invite you to discover the Coronavirus Community Lab, an initiative to help you become an agent of change in your community during the coronavirus crisis.

We are living an exceptional situation with the expansion of the coronavirus, which the World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic. The scientific community is striving to build knowledge on the virus and on possible vaccines, treatments and crisis management strategies. Right now, however, we do not have enough information to draw definitive conclusions.

Consequently, we are obliged to apply measures that affect our day-to-day lives (wearing masks, social distancing, hand hygiene, etc) and which may become stricter depending on how the pandemic evolves (home confinement, closure of shops and schools, etc).


The recommendations apply equally to all citizens, and we ask:

Is it easy for everyone to follow these recommendations? What health, economic, social, etc, problems are they causing for people? Are we sufficiently well informed? What solutions are being offered for the different situations faced by people? Can we contribute from our community? How can we mobilize to help manage the crisis in our own setting?

The Coronavirus Community Lab is an opportunity to people to take ownership of and improve coronavirus crisis management to address the problems faced by their community. Below we describe an itinerary to help you launch a participatory process designed to help your community.


Citizen Science Itinerary

The Citizen Science Itinerary is a proposal for people to mobilize their community, co-opting knowledge and skills in the interest of jointly exploring particular circumstances and implementing solutions to broadly improve community responses in terms of physical and mental health, socialization, nutrition, rest, physical activity, etc.

The idea is for participants to act as researchers that, in exploring their particular circumstances, help generate evidence-based proposals for change and improvement through learning activities, participatory research and community action.


Who is it for

The Citizen Science Itinerary proposal is aimed at families, adults and students and teachers from upper secondary and vocational education.


How is it structured

The proposal is structured in four blocks:

  • I want to create a citizen learning, research and action group. Follow Block 0: create a community action committee.
  • I want information from reliable and concise sources. Follow Block 1: obtain information and become empowered as an agent of change.
  • I want to analyse the complexity of the situation. Follow Block 2: view recommendations and analyses of problems and solutions as strategies to tackle the pandemic.
  • I want to learn how to design influential solutions based on community action. Follow Block 3: find out how to contribute to coronavirus pandemic management.


Access to the itinerary

To help you carry out your citizen science project, below we provide resources consisting of pedagogical content on the coronavirus and proposals for citizen research and community action:


Developed projects (spring 2020)

The Coronavirus Community Lab was launched in April 2020 with an open call for projects to improve coronavirus crisis management, whether based on solutions already in existence or developed using the Citizen Science Itinerary.

Once the call closed in June 2020, a repository of Citizen Science initiatives was created for the most innovative proposals, which were also given maximum visibility and dissemination with a view to promoting synergies and creating a network of solutions and improvements available to all. Check out the projects here (ES/CAT).

The three best initiatives were awarded online training opportunities with MIT and with two ICT toolkits for their community. Check out the winning projects here (ES/CAT).


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