ECSA GA 2015 Group Photo

ECSA General Assembly 2015 in Barcelona

A huge thank you to everybody organizing and participating for making this year's General Assembly such a fantastic conference and community event! For a panorama of activities and discussions see our tagwall for #ECSAbcn collecting social media activity of the GA or the one on #CSinAction (which is still active!). We're in the process of uploading all presentation slides to the page below. A summary of the workshop on CS Data and Service Infrastructure on Friday is already available on the ECSA blog.

If you already miss the company of fellow Citizen Science enthusiasts from across Europe, you may like to browse through our new ECSA facebook page to get news from the community and share yours.



PDF-File: PDF icon ecsa_general_assembly_agenda.pdf
Wednesday 28.10.2015
10:30–12:30      Organizers and volunteers meeting (Disseny Hub, Floor -2)
12:30–13:30      Registration of Participants open (Disseny Hub, Lobby)
Pick up of picnic bags with lunch (Disseny Hub, Lobby, Bar)
Please note the registration will be closed during the CS Safari session and re-open before the Public Round Table in the evening.
13:30–17:30      Barcelona Citizen Science Safari (starts at Disseny Hub, Lobby)
(Safari Map: PDF icon safari_ecsa.pdf)
to local CS and DIY spaces with hands-on activities (in several groups using public transport). Participating Projects: AtrapaelTigre, Saca La Lengua, BioBlitzBcn, CITI-SENSE, CITCLOPS-TRANDICAM, SeaWatchers Platform, CitizenSqKm - Urban Flora and Allergies, Bee-Path, Urban Bees.
17:30–18:00      Registration of Participants open (Disseny Hub, Lobby)
18:00–19:45      Public Roundtable Discussion "What is your biggest challenge in Citizen Science for the coming years?" (Disseny Hub, Top Floor, Auditorium)
with presentation of Barcelona Citizen Science Office of the Barcelona Lab.
Moderator: Dr. Josep Perelló, University of Barcelona, ECSA member & GA host
Dr. Katrin Vohland, MfN Berlin, ECSA Vice Chair - Presentation
Prof. Muki Haklay, UCL, ECSA member, CSA Board Member
(Presentation: PDF icon haklay_ecsa_barcelona_2015.pdf )
Prof. Darlene Cavalier, ASU, SciStarter, CSA Board Member
Libby Hepburn, ACSA Board Member
20:00–21:00      Snack (Disseny Hub, Lobby, Bar)

21:00–22:00      ECSA Steering Committee Meeting


Thursday 29.10.2015
08:30–09:00      Registration of Participants open (Disseny Hub, Floor -2)
09:00–09:10      Welcome of Participants - Josep Perelló, GA Host, Katrin Vohland 
(Presentation: PDF icon vohland-ecsa-barcelona-2015.pdf ), ECSA Vice Chair (Disseny Hub, Floor -2, Room B+C)
09:10–09:25      Keynote – Libby Hepburn, Australian Citizen Science Association (Disseny Hub, Floor -2, Room B+C)
09:30–10:30      Citizen Science Project Fair (Disseny Hub, Floor -2)
(PDF-File: PDF icon list_project_fair_workshops_lunch_talks.pdf )
with posters, materials, live demonstrations and short presentations by ECSA members and ENVIP' 2015 participants.
Poster and Material Exhibition (Room Taller A)
Short Talks (Room B+C; Sala de Juntes)
10:30–11:10      Lightning Talks (Disseny Hub, Floor -2, Room B+C)
5-minute talks that highlight new developments in CS.
Sven Schade, JRC: Citizen Science data – where does it go? (Presentation:

Daniel Wyler, Uni Zurich: Citizen Science at Universities
Josep Perelló, University of Barcelona: How to collaborate with a city & the idea of Pop-Up Experiments – sharing experiences from Barcelona
Fermin Serrano Sanz, Fundacion Ibercivis: Art, creativity and Citizen Science - based on this video from Sónar+D 2015
Daniel Garcia, Fundacion la Caixa: How RRI can foster Citizen Science?
Muki Haklay, UCL: Citizen Science at the Eye on Earth Summit (Presentation:

Anne Bowser & Elizabeth Tyson, Wilson Center: CS Metadata Standardization & Policy Initiatives in the US
11:15–12:40      Workshops of ECSA Working Groups (Workshop descriptions pdf)

  • Sharing Best Practices and Building Capacity in Citizen Science (Taller A)
    - facilitated by Lucy Robinson
    The workshop will review the Ten Principles for Citizen Science and the current best practice guides collated. Based on these we will identify gaps in best practice guides, and discuss future priorities for the ECSA Working Group on Sharing Best Practices and Building Capacity in Citizen Science.
  • Data, Tools and Technology + with ENVIP’2015 projects (Room C)
    - facilitated by Jaume Piera
    The workshop aims at formalizing a common understanding of interests in the Citizen Science data space and identifying core issues to be addresses through a joint Roadmap (which will be developed in the Friday workshop). We will have focused discussions on problems that Citizen Science projects face regarding data: (1) Interoperability, (2) Data reliability, (3) Privacy, (4) IPR, and brainstorm solutions regarding the integration of existing initiatives.
  • Policy, Strategy and Partnership (Room B)
    - facilitated by Martin Brocklehurst
    The workshop has three objectives: (1) Look at policy initiatives to promote Citizen Science in the US and seek to apply lesson learnt with the European Union through a briefing by Elizabeth Tyson and a discussion (see articles in Wired and Huffington Post); (2) Discuss future priorities for the ECSA Policy Working Group, such as: a CS toolkit for policy-makers; a seminar for MEPs; a proposal for each DG to have a Citizen Science contact; and the idea of an EU Citizen Science Platform  to provide high-level guidance to the EC, local, regional and national authorities, and private actors; (3) Finalize policy position statements concerning: EU Directives and how they should be drafted or amended to support Citizen Science; and ECSA Position Paper on the Socientize White Paper on Citizen Science.
  • Fundraising and Marketing (Meeting Room A)
    - facilitated by Marisa Ponti
    The workshop will discuss opportunities for funding ECSA activities. Specifically, the workshop focuses on identifying possible funding opportunities within the EU funding programme for research and innovation, such as Horizon 2020. ECSA members who are interested in this topic are encouraged to bring in ideas and point out to forthcoming calls. Especially interesting are the EU funding opportunities for Digital Agenda-related topics and projects. ECSA members and other participants in the assembly who are going to ICT 2015 Innovate, Connect, Transform in Lisbon are very welcome to share with us ideas from this event. During the workshop, we will also discuss the current ECSA terms of engagement in project proposals.
  • Communication and International Conference (Sala de Juntes)
    - facilitated by Dacha Atienza and Susanne Hecker
    The workshop will combine two parts: (1) ECSA Communication. In this first part, we will discuss activities to be implemented in the coming year and for the ECSA Working Programme, ranging from implementing ECSA communication to exchange of experiences on science communication for Citizen Science. (2) Planning the international Citizen Science conference 2016, Berlin. This second part of the workshop covers information on the ECSA conference 2016 including on funding and sponsoring opportunities as well as the programme and closes with an interactive session on specific questions and opportunities to get involved in the conference organization.

12:40–13:40      Lunch Break with short talks on ENVIP' 2015 papers (Disseny Hub, Floor -2 and outside terrace) (Lunch Talks pdf: PDF icon list_project_fair_workshops_lunch_talks.pdf)

13:40–14:00      Transfer to NAT by Tram
14:00–17:30      Formal Part of the ECSA General Assembly (NAT, Sala d'Actes)

  • Welcome by Anna Omedes, Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, Director
  • Opening of General Assembly & news from ECSA, Vice Chair Dr. Katrin Vohland
  • Receipt of the Annual Report 2014 ( PDF icon ecsa_annual_report_2014.pdf ) and discharge of Executive Board
  • Report on activities during 2015 - preliminary Annual Report 2015 ( PDF icon ecsa_annual_report_2015_2015_10_26.pdf )
  • Presentation of ECSA Work Plan for 2016
  • Approval of budget for 2015 and 2016
  • Determination of membership fees for 2016
  • Reports of ECSA Working Group
    Lucy Robinson, NHM London: 10 Principles of CS
    Susanne Hecker, iDiv: International CS Conference 2016
    Florian Heigl & Daniel Dörler, BOKU Vienna: ECSA’s social media activity
    Marisa Ponti, Uni Gothenburg: ECSA’s Funding Mechanism
    Martin Brocklehurst, KempleyGreen: ECSA Policy Committee - Making an impact
    Jaume Piera, ICM: Data, Tools and Technology
  • Suggestions and adoption of new ECSA Working Groups, election of chairs
  • Election of Advisory Board Members
  • International Cooperation: Darlene Cavalier, CSA: Developments at CSA - (Presentation: PDF icon cavalier_international_connections.pdf )
  • Discussion of ECSA key documents: (1) ECSA Strategy, (2) Rules of Procedure, (3a) Funding Strategy, (3b) Terms of Engagement in Funding Bids, (3c) List of Sample Activities for Funding Bids, (4) Membership Benefits, (5) Communication Strategy, (6) MoUs
  • Miscellaneous

17:30                     Wrap up and Closing
17:35                     End of the Meeting
17:45                     Guided visit to the NAT museum by Dacha Atienza and Anna Omedes untill 19:00


Friday, 30.10.2015
10:00–13:30      Workshop on Citizen Science Data and Service Infrastructure (ICM) (Workshop Programme pdf: PDF icon workshop_icm_program.pdf )
This workshop seeks to continue discussions started at the workshop of the ECSA WG on “Data, Tools and technology” on Thursday. It aims at elaborating a common understanding on the services and technologies we would like to make available to the Citizen Science Community. The final goal is to define a conceptual model in which we could integrate all these services and technologies in an interoperable way. Members of the ECSA WG, ENVIP’2015 and the CSA working group on CS project metadata standardization will be present.
> Workshop Summary and Presentations here



The ECSA General Assembly is going to take place at three central venues in Barcelona:
DHUB, Museu del Disseny de Barcelona
Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37
NAT, Museu de Ciències Naturals
Parc del Forum, Plaça de Leonardo da Vinci, 4-5

How to get from Disseny Hub to NAT on Thursday
Institute of Marine Sciences
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49



Host and coordination of Barcelona team, Prof. Josep Perelló (josep.perello[at]
Workshop on Citizen Science Data Infrastructure, Dr. Jaume Piera (jpiera[at]
ECSA Vice Chair, Dr. Katrin Vohland (katrin.vohland[at],
ECSA Headquarters, Claudia Göbel (claudia.goebel[at]



We are grateful to our hosts Josep Perelló from OpenSystems of the Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona Citizen Science Office of the Barcelona Lab, and the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona (Culture Institute of Barcelona, Barcelona City Council) for giving support to the General Assembly organization and to ECSA.

We also thank Dacha Atienza and the Museu de Ciències Naturals as well as Jaume Piera and the Institute of Marine Science (ICM-CSIC) for supporting essential parts of the programme.

Finally, we thank our local ECSA members: 1000001 Labs, Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes of the Spanish National Research Council and Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications.


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