press release, 12. May 2016
International Citizen Science Community meets in Berlin
First International ECSA and GEWISS Conference from 19 to 21 May 2016
The three-day conference showcases how both new and traditional ways of collaboration can transform scientific findings, enhance the science-policy interface and create social impact. Topics covered in the main sessions include:
- the role of Citizen Science in EU environmental policy;
- the role and application of technology in citizen science;
- the potential for large scale monitoring of the environment & biological diversity;
- the fascination of gaming for citizen science or the power of storytelling for communicating citizen science.
"Citizen Science becomes a more and more accepted and valued approach - in science as well as in society and policy", says Johannes Vogel, chair of ECSA and director of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin where the executive board and secretariat of ECSA are hosted. "Citizen Science has developed into a global movement, visible through the different networks that have emerged and the formal Citizen Science Associations that have developed around the world. We are happy and proud to share so many successes and to welcome the international citizen science community to the capital of Germany."
"This meeting celebrates the great achievements of the European Citizen Science Association within its first two years of establishment, as well as the global impact of this scientific approach", says Aletta Bonn, chair of the ECSA conference committee and head of Department of Ecosystem Services at UFZ and iDiv. "Of particular importance is the role of citizen science in contributing to wider agendas such as open science as well as progress towards responsible research and innovation."
As a special highlight of the event, the conference so invites the Berlin community to participate in a Friday evening Citizen Science Disco and a ThinkCamp and Citizen Science Fest on Saturday. The ThinkCamp is a unique "event-within-the-event", to which the local Berlin grassroots science and maker communities are invited to collaborate together with conference attendees on a number of Citizen Science Challenges. The style is similar to a World Cafe, with an emphasis on providing an open and creative environment for working together on new ideas, Citizen Science projects, and technology platforms.
Closing the conference on Saturday, the Citizen Science Fest, organized by the GEWISS consortiums partner Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in Dialogue), will include a citizen science project safari in a public green space, the Gleisdreieck park, where conference attendees and the public can meet for the presentation of citizen science projects.
Schönhauser Allee 36
10435 Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg
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The conference is hosted for the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) by the 'Citizen create knowledge - knowledge creates citizens’ GEWISS project through the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Leipzig-Halle-Jena and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and 18 international partners: Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research - BBIB, British Ecological Society, CEH Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, EarthWatch Institute, UCL Extreme Citizen Science group (ExCiteS), Fondazione Grosseto Cultura, Haus der Zukunft Berlin, Helmholtz Association, Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l’environnement et l’agriculture - Irstea, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (Austria), Natural History Museum of London, Natural History Museum of Maremma, Natural History Museum of Paris, Wissenschaft im Dialog - WID, and the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig Bonn. The conference is also financially supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) is a non-profit association set up to encourage the growth of the Citizen Science movement in Europe. ECSA was launched during the EU GREEN WEEK in June 2013 by the then EU Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik and the now Chief Scientist United Nations Environmental Programme, Professor Jacqueline McGlade. It is administered by a Secretariat hosted and mentored by the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. From an informal network of researchers and communicators interested in Citizen Science, ECSA has grown into the European reference network of Citizen Science initiatives. It draws on 130+ individual and organizational members from over 28 countries, including EU member states, Switzerland, the U.S., Israel, Australia and New Zealand. Members represent a mixture of NGO’s, universities, research institutes, museums and other local and national Citizen Science groups and cover different fields, such as biological science, do-it-yourself approaches, environmental mapping and social sciences.
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In the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), scientists conduct research into the causes and consequences of far-reaching environmental changes. Their areas of study cover water resources, ecosystems of the future, environmental technologies and biotechnologies, the effects of chemicals in the environment, modelling and social-scientific issues. The UFZ employs more than 1,100 staff at its sites in Leipzig, Halle and Magdeburg. It is funded by the Federal Government, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.www.ufz.de
The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges facing society, science and the economy with top scientific achievements in six research fields: Energy; Earth and Environment; Health; Key Technologies; Matter; and Aeronautics, Space and Transport. With some 39,000 employees in 19 research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germanyâ€™s largest scientific organisation.www.helmholtz.de