Workshop WG 4 and EU-Citizen.Science: co-creating the European Citizen Science platform of the future

Start: 10 April 2019, 13:00
Finish: 11 April 2019, 13:00
Location: Brussels
Application deadline: 22 March 2019


  • Marzia Mazzonetto, Project Manager EU-Citizen.Science, European Citizen Science Association (ECSA)

  • Katherin Wagenknecht, Project coordination EU-Citizen.Science, Museum fur Naturkunde, Berlin (MfN)

  • Dorte Riemenschneider, Managing Director, ECSA

  • Tim Woods, Community and Communications Officer, ECSA

Workshop aims
The aim of this workshop is to contribute to the co-creation of the EU-Citizen.Science online platform, which will serve as a mutual learning space where citizen science practitioners and participants can exchange experiences and successful strategies (see below). Participants will share their expectations of and needs for the platform, and contribute their expertise by identifying potential features and functionalities.
The workshop will also identify potential collaborations between the ongoing COST CA15212 Action and the EU-Citizen.Science platform, as well as exploring collaborations with current citizen science projects, networks, initiatives, etc.
About the platform
EU-Citizen.Science is a three-year EU-funded project that will create a sustainable platform and mutual learning space for citizen science in Europe. The platform will also be a knowledge-sharing portal, a training network and a support community for citizen science across in Europe.
To achieve this, it will collate and provide tools, best practice examples, recommendations and training materials on citizen science, all of which will comply with high-quality criteria as identified by the project consortium. These materials will be made available to different stakeholders, ranging from interested citizens to scientific institutions, as well as politicians and public media, in order to mainstream citizen science in Europe. By following a transparent, open and inclusive approach, EU-Citizen.Science will also promote interdisciplinary, cross-border and cross-sector collaborations.
The EU.Citizen.Science project involves 14 partners and 9 third parties, representing 14 European Member States and a variety of stakeholders ranging from universities, NGOs, local authorities, CSOs and natural history museums, along with several other project supporters.
Wednesday, 10 April

13:00-14:00    Welcome lunch
14:00-14:30    Introduction to EU-Citizen.Science
14:30-15:30    Participatory activity: ‘The challenges of mainstreaming citizen science’
15:30-16:00    Coffee break
16:00-18:00    World cafè: ‘Stakeholders, key networks and platform-community members’
19:30               Group dinner
Thursday, 11 April
9:00-10:30      World cafè: ‘Community needs and expectations assessment – 1st part’
10:30-11:00    Coffee break
11:00-12:30    World cafè: Community needs and expectations assessment – 2nd part’
12:30-13:00    Closing remarks
13:00               End of meeting
How to register
If you are interested in taking part, please register using the form on this website (click on the link at the top of the page, ‘Please fill out the form to register’). You will need to prepare a one-page (maximum) letter of motivation for uploading, which should include a short description of yourself (focusing on your experience in citizen science and the expertise you can contribute to the discussions), as well as your motivations for participating.
As only a limited number of participants will be provided with COST full funding, the two sets of criteria we will use to select participants are presented below.
General criteria:
- Quality and relevance of the submitted motivational letters
- Geographical and thematic spread
- Spectrum of perspectives, backgrounds and case studies

Additional criteria:
- COST inclusiveness target countries
- Gender balance
Marzia [dot] Mazzonetto [at] mfn [dot] berlin (subject: Workshop%20WG4%20and%20EU-Citizen.Science) (Marzia Mazzonetto), Project Manager EU-Citizen.Science, ECSA
Katherin [dot] Wagenknecht [at] mfn [dot] berlin (subject: Workshop%20WG4%20and%20EU-Citizen.Science) (Katherin Wagenknecht), Project Coordinator, EU-Citizen.Science, MfN


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