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The CiTiQUE programme is awarded the prize for Citizen Science in the "crowdsourcing" category

The CiTIQUE Program receives Citizen Science Award at the SIA
During the International Agriculture Fair in 2022, INRAE unveiled the winners of the first edition of its Community Science Awards, the principle of which was adopted in the research programming law.

For this first year, Claire Giry, executive director of Research and Innovation at the Ministry of Research, Higher Education and Innovation, and Philippe Mauguin, CEO of INRAE, rewarding two projects that are in phase with society's expectations.

The "Crowdsourcing" prize was awarded to CiTIQUE, a research program on ticks with and for citizens, led by a group of academia and associations. The "Participatif" prize was awarded to the program "From seeds to the plate" ("Des semences à l'assiette").

Launched in 2017, the CITIQUE programme is aimed at having scientists and citizens work together to gain knowledge on tick ecology and the diseases they transmit. It is based on amongst others, the collection of reports of tick bites via a smartphone application and research internships open to the public. The project has allowed the collection of more than 70 000 reports and 50 000 ticks conserved in freezers or "the tiquothèque", unique in France. Its importance was underligned by a parlementary report on the national Lyme Plan in 2021, and the support it provides to public health policies is well recognized. The project is already bringing forth results, since capital results have already been obtained: 25% of tick reports occur in gardens and 4% in homes. Without this citizen science, these results would not be known and the knowledge of the risk of tick bites within the home would not exist.