c/o Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Bereichsleitung Wissenschaftskommunikation und Wissensforschung
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The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) is a non-profit association set up to encourage the growth of the Citizen Science movement in Europe in order to enhance the participation of the general public in scientific processes, mainly by initiating and supporting citizen science projects as well as performing research on citizen science.
ECSA promotes citizen science by fostering scientific literacy and the democratization of scientific expertise, engaging in the social relevance and sustainable impact of research, and improving the evidence base for environmental, biodiversity and climate change policy in Europe and globally.
ECSA has established a broad network of +200 individual and organizational members from over 28 countries across the European Union and beyond. Organizational members include NGOs, universities, research institutes, museums, civil society organizations, SMEs, policy and decision makers, as well as other local and national institutions.
ECSA actively takes part in research and coordination projects under H2020 such as Doing it Together Science (DITOs), LandSense, and WeObserve; contributes to policy briefs; is involved in the open science policy platform, and promotes the development of principles for good practice in citizen science.
ECSA also engages in international cooperation with organizations such as the Citizen Science Association (CSA) in the U.S., the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA), and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Main Role in the Project
ECSA’s main tasks are in helping to coordinate and integrate the members of its network with WeObserve activities and events. Within WP2, ECSA will lead the mapping of the EU landscape of existing Citizen Observatory (CO) initiatives, relevant communities and their interactions (T2.1). In addition, ECSA will contribute to:
- the Communities of Practice (CoPs, T2.2) and the development of the CO ‘Cookbook’ (T2.3)
- the dissemination of the WeObserve toolkits (T3.1) and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC, 2), and capacity development activities and road shows (T3.3)
- the Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication Plan (T5.1) and the knowledge platform (T5.2)
- the organization and running of events such as the Ηackathon, Communities of Practice workshops, and the final WeObserve conference (T5.3)