Workshop Report from WG4 and EU-Citizen.Science

 

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

Organizers:

  • 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 the workshop was 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. Participants (see Annex I) were invited to share their expectations for the platform, and to contribute their expertise by identifying potential features and functionalities.

The workshop also aimed to identify potential collaborations between the ongoing COST Action CA15212 and the EU-Citizen.Science platform, as well as exploring collaborations with current citizen science projects, networks and initiatives.

Session 1: Introduction to the platform

Following an exercise to allow participants to get to know each other (see Box 1), the first session explained the EU-Citizen.Science platform to ensure that all participants had a good understanding of the platform and its aims. The main points are summarized here.
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. It will also be a knowledge-sharing portal, a training network and a support community for citizen science across 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, 3,NGOs, local authorities, CSOs and natural history museums, along with several other project supporters.

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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.