Workshop WG4: Citizen Science Projects and social innovations

Citizen Science Projects and social innovations


Photo by CA15212

Type: Working Group Meeting
Location: Brno, Czech Republic,

New venue!!
Na Zemi (On the Earth), 
Street Kounicova 299/42,
Brno, Czech Republic

The Czech Academy of Sciences,
Institute of Geonics,
Department of Environmental Geography
(Drobného 28, Brno, 602 00 Czech Republic)

Date: November 19th-20th, 2019
Duration: 2 days (new!)
Number of participants: between 10 and 15
Status: Planned
Deadline for applications: 14th October, 2019
Contact: Barbora Duží, +420 774 248 936, barbora [dot] duzi [at] ugn [dot] cas [dot] cz and Egle Butkeviciene, egle [dot] butkeviciene [at] ktu [dot] lt (subject: WG4%20Workshop%3A%20Brno)

Background of the meeting

The workshop will start with a state of the art presentation on the mapping citizen science projects in the Czech Republic. Further the discussion will be focussed on the topic of citizen science and social innovations. We will work on finalising the chapter for COST Action handbook, outlining the theoretical approaches towards social innovations, understanding how citizen science can contribute to development of social innovations and presenting examples/cases from the citizen science projects.



19. November

10:00 - 12:00

Welcome: Introduction of the participants
Introductory presentation: Exploring citizen science projects in the Czech Republic (presentation by Czech Team)

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 - 15:00

Citizen science and social innovations I:
Theoretical approaches towards social innovations
Social innovation alignment with citizen science (Sharing experience: presentations by workshop participants)

15:00 - 15:30

coffee break

15:30 - 18:00

Citizen science and social innovations II:
Example A, B, C, D (Sharing experience: presentations by workshop participants)


20. November

10:00 - 12:00

Citizen science and social innovations III:
Working on Introduction & Conclusions

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 - 15:00

Closing remarks

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to:

  • Fill out the application form 
  • Prepare and upload a 250-word motivation letter, expressing their interest in the workshop.
  • Prepare and upload a short CV - max 2 pages. In the same document containing the CV, if applicable, describe also their role/contribution in/to the COST Action 15212 (e.g., Working Group Member, contributor to a publication, etc.).
    Please upload your CV and motivation letter in the application form!

The organizing committee will assess the eligible contributions following these criteria:

  • Expertise relevant to this workshop (max. 5 score points).
  • Interest of the submitted contribution to the WG and Action goals (max. 5 score points)

Practical information: travel

Travelling to Brno

Travel to and from Brno is quite easy by plane, train, or bus. There are regular flights (Ryanair) so far only to three destinations: London-Stansted (UK), Milano/Bergamo (ITA) and Berlin Schönefeld (GER)  from the Brno Tuřany Airport (see

From Brno Airport to city center (Hlavní nádraží - Main Railway station) you can use the public transport line E76/76 (the only line there) - the travel ticket can be payed on board via contactless card.

There are, however, other international airports very close to Brno: Vienna-Schwechat, Prague-Vaclav Havel airport or Bratislava airport. All of them have very good bus or train connections with Brno. We recommend to fly to Vienna, since it is the closest and fastest connection (about 2 and half hour by bus or train from the airport directly to Brno city centre) For timetables and booking of bus tickets (it´s recommended to book in advance) see or

Alternatively, you can travel from Vienna by train:, or


Public Transport in Brno

The public transport system in Brno is one of the best, including buses, trolleybuses and trams. During night time, night buses are operating every hour or so, which is quite convenient. This system is part of the Integrated Public Transport System of the South Moravian Region. You can buy tickets on yellow coin machines located at major stops but they are not everywhere, so you might want to plan ahead. You can also buy them at the driver but the ticket will be a bit more expensive. The tickets are also sold at tobacconists, post offices, railway stations, etc. A single ticket for 15 minutes use costs 20 CZK, for 60 minutes costs 25 CZK,  for 90 minutes 27 CZK and one day ticket 90 CZK. The only tickets sold directly by the drivers are 90 minutes tickets, which are sold for 35 CZK.

Taxi in Brno is fast and not too expensive: for example City Taxi, Brno, +420 777 014 004; +420 542 321 321

Please note that due to reconstruction works on the Hlavní nádraží (Main Railway Station) in the centre of Brno, there are some deviations of trains. Please let us know in advance your travel schedule and we will strive to give you the best advice how to get to Institute of Geonics.

Contact person:

  • Barbora Duží, +420 774 248 936, barbora [dot] duzi [at] ugn [dot] cas [dot] cz
  • Eva Nováková +420 723 014 063, eva [dot] nov [at] ugn [dot] cas [dot] cz
  • Jakub Trojan +420 774 252 817, trojan [at] utb [dot] cz


Practical information: geonics and city of brno

Meeting Venue - Institute of Geonics

New venue!!
Na Zemi (On the Earth), 
Street Kounicova 299/42,
Brno, Czech Republic

The meeting will be hosted in the meeting room of the Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Department of Environmental Geography, at Drobneho Street no. 28, in Brno, near the Lužánky park, the largest public park in the city, and the famous Villa Tugendhat  (  The area around the Institute of Geonics is very well mapped in the OpenStreetMap ( ). Entering the area of Institute of Geonics is possible from the top of Schodova street (see the map) – street with staircases.

Brno Branch of the Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) was founded in 1993 as a result of the transformation of the former Geographical Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. It was established as a territorially separated Department of Environmental Geography of the Institute of Geonics (CAS). At present it is the only geographic workplace within the Czech Academy of Sciences. The research activities are defined in the scope of the environmental geography which can be regarded from the conceptual and methodological point of view as an intersection of human and physical geography. Environmental geography studies the spatial aspects of interactions between human individuals or societies and their natural environment. Within the research of the environment and landscape we focus on all the spheres (not just the physical environment, but also social, economic, and cultural aspects), mutual interdependence of different components, their interactions with each other and consequent responses in the form of environmental problems. Our research focuses especially on the time-space dynamics of the proceeding processes, anthropogenic changes, and last but not least on the role of the environmental and landscape protection in relation to spatial planning, regional development and quality of human life.


In Brno four-star hotels are great value given the service and grandeur of some, and Brno is so compact that you don't need taxis. Good food and drink (particularly a beer) are slightly cheaper in comparison to the most European countries From the hotels located directly in the city centre and very close (short walking distance) to our meeting venue, you can choose via or directly e.g.:



Aprx. Prices


Hotel Arte****

Drobného 6

65 EUR
(incl. breakfast)

Hotel Continental****

Kounicova 6

70 EUR
(incl. breakfast)

Cosmopolitan Bobycentrum****

Sportovní 559/2A

70 EUR
(incl. breakfast)

Belveder Apartment

Drobného 312/48 8,

46 EUR
(no breakfast)


Please note that we did not negotiat any special prices for the meeting participants.


The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (koruna), abbreviated as Kč, with the international abbreviation CZK. The final price is always rounded off to the nearest crown value. The approximate value of 100 CZK is 4 EUR. You won’t be able to use foreign currency. You can pay directly with contactless bank cards (+ Apple/Google Pay) almost everywhere. There are cash machines everywhere in the city centre and there is a lot of small currency exchange offices in the city centre.

Brno city

Brno, the capital of historic land of Moravia and the second largest city in the Czech Republic, has a population of about 400,000. The city is the political and cultural centre of the South Moravian Region, being situated at the crossroads of ancient trade routes. It has always been an important trade,  administrative, transport and cultural centre, and under the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy it became one of the first centers of industrialization on the European mainland. Heavy industry has disappeared now and the beautiful historic city centre of Brno has a vibrancy, which bears witness of the transition into a knowledge economy: the city hosts more than 80.000 university students, 6 public universities (and many private universities), 13 institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and the Czech Technological Park. Brno is known as a venue of various cultural, scientific and sport events, including traditional Trade Fairs or one of the races of the Motorcycle World Championship taking place on the Masaryk Racing Track. The architecture from the first half of the last century is represented by famous Tugendhat Villa, part of the UNESCO world heritage (and not far from the meeting venue).


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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 09:30 to Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 14:00
Na Zemi (On the Earth)
Street Kounicova 299/42
602 00 Brno
Czech Republic