The event opened by talks about policy makers and Citizen Science, started with MEP Mr. Pablo Echenique.
John Magan, deputy head of Unit Digital Science at DG Connect said “it’s a great conference, modest size but hopefully large impact, like the project itself!”.
ITU Telecom representative Joseph Gaylord presented case stories of social innovators worldwide; and José Miguel Rubio, research program officer of DG RTD, made some fine comments about the environmental, technological and scientifics values of citizen science.
After this, Fermín Serrano, introduced the White Paper of the Citizen Science in Europe, highlighting the most important conclusions and recommendations at the diferent levels. Then it was the time to review two of the Socientize’s experiments: UrbanBees, introduced by his PM Isabelle Bonhoure, Universidad de Barcelona, and Antimatter, by Michael Doser, Researcher at CERN.
The review of EC funded projects related with Citizen Science, started with Citizen Cyberlab, Francois Grey, Coordinator CCC; Scientix, Gina Mihai, Science Team EUN; ICT-ART-CONNECT, Pieter Jan Valgaeren, Researcher iMinds; FET2020, Giuseppe Saija, Project Manager Youris; and RRI Tools, Daniel Garcia, Science Communication Officer Fundación La Caixa.
After a coffee break, it was time to review Citizen Science initiatives like Ibercivis, with Victor Castelo, e-Infrastructures advisor, CSIC-MINECO; the European Citizen Science Association, ECSA, represented by Claudia Göbel, Museum für Naturkunde de Berlín, who invited the audience to the General Assembly; the Open Knowledge Belgium, Pieter Colpaert, Researcher OKFN; ; the iMAL, Yves Bernard, Director iMAL; and the well known Zooniverse, represented by Sarah Kendrew, Scientist Zooniverse. Unfortunately and due to logistic issues, FutureEverything could not be represented by Drew Hemment, member of the Socientize advisory board.
During the debate, we discussed about data policy, digital social sciences, educational aspects, grassroots funding and future plans. Another future event was also mentioned.
Socientize thanks all the speakers and participants for the talks and interactions. We hope this event contributed to strengthen links among people and project, towards a better future and, as Pieter said, to change the world. In the next few days we will upload here the full list of participants, presentations and videos.
New album on Facebook “Summary of the Conference on Citizen Science in Europe Monday 22”.
Album on Flickr. Come and visit the photos from the conference.