First International ECSA Conference 2016

Citizen Science –

Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy

19–21 May 2016 | Berlin

The First International ECSA Citizen Science Conference 2016 is aimed at policy makers, science funders, scientists, practitioners in the field of citizen science, Non-Governmental Organisations and interested citizens. This trans-disciplinary conference will highlight, demonstrate and debate the innovation potential of citizen science for science, society and policy, and its role within open science and innovation.


The three-day conference will showcase how both new and traditional ways of citizens working with scientist can enable the transformative enhancement of science-policy and social impact, scientific advancement, scientific literacy and empowerment. Of particular importance is the role of citizen science within wider agendas such as open science and innovation, and progressing towards responsible research and innovations.


This is what you can expect from the ECSA conference:

  • An inspiring conference that brings together enthusiasts for Citizen Science, policy makers and scientists.
  • Opportunities to present your Citizen Science project and to exchange experiences with others.
  • Keynote presentations and other diverse conference formats such as paper sessions, split sessions, round tables and collaborative sessions.
  • A ThinkCamp on the third and final day to enable collaboration amongst participants plus the wider DIY Science and Maker communities, around a number of Citizen Science Challenges.
  • Lots of stimulating discussions, networking and fun moments with like-minded people.


Stay in touch

All announcements about this conference will be made through the website and the ECSA Conference email and/or ECSA newsletter. Don’t miss any news and subscribe here. Any questions? Contact the organising committee.

The conference is hosted for ECSA by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Leipzig Halle-Jena and the Museum of Natural History Berlin within the ‘Citizen create knowledge – knowledge creates citizens’ GEWISS project and 18 international partners.


We are looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!

With kind regards,


Aletta Bonn, Susanne Hecker, Muki Haklay, Lucy Robinson, Marisa Ponti, Malene Bruun, Claudia Goebel, Franz Hölker, Heribert Hofer, Jose Miguel Rubio-Iglesias, Andrea Sforzi, Jennifer Shirk, Katrin Vohland & Johannes Vogel

(Conference organising committee)