Story Café

Perspectives on Citizen Science from Ecuador, Ghana and SIDS

Citizen Science in the global South - Who is involved? Why? What are the challenges? What can we learn? Three storytellers - Soledad Luna, Thomas Mboa, Khalissa Ikhlef - will share experiences from their inspiring work in Ecuador, Africa & Haiti and Small Island Developing States.

What? 3 x 10min story + 30min informal discussion, learning, meet new people

Languages? English, French, Spanish

When? 3rd June, 14:30-16:30

Where? Grand Salle, Salle communale de Plainpalais, Rue de Carouge 52, Genève

For whom? Everybody is welcome. We have space for 30 people.


This workshop at the ECSA international conference 2018 invites you to listen to and share stories behind Citizen Science. We will explore not so much stories of science, but stories of people and things, dreams and challenges, of the hard work and open questions involved in nurturing communities and making Citizen Science happen. The aim of the Story Café is to create an open and informal space at the ECSA conference to come together and share experiences, questions and critique on Citizen Science or related activities that are currently developed around the world. Everybody is invited to come by, have a coffee, listen and join the discussions.

Science, community work and stories are global. Therefore we want to take the opportunity to hear what happens outside Europe and explore what we can learn from activities in the global South. We are happy to have three inspiring storytellers who will share experiences from their work on Citizen Science in contexts like Open Science, Science Policy and Participatory Research and Conservation:

  • How can Citizen Science build on traditions of participatory research in Latin America? Soledad Luna is pushing Citizen Science activities for research and conservation in Ecuador
  • What is Africa OSH and how is it related to Europe? Thomas Mboa works on open and participatory research, DIY biology and cognitive justice with the Association for the Promotion of Open Science in Haiti and Africa (APSOHA)
  • What challenges are involved in getting rare data for monitoring climate change? Khalissa Ikhlef looks after the Sandwatch project for beach monitoring in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and coastal countries, including through the UNESCO Associated Schools Network

The Story Café is meant to be an open conversation encouraging participants to share their experiences and views. We will blend listening to stories of our international guests with rounds of discussion. There will be coffee and cake – please join us and bring your stories!


Contact: Claudia Göbel, claudia.goebel[at]



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