Upcoming events related to citizen science

WeObserve Open Data Challenge

Ongoing until July, May 15, 2020
Dive into the EU’s richest citizen science environmental data with the WeObserve Open Data Challenge For the first time citizens, communities, academics and technologists from all over the world will have access to some of the EU’s richest citizen generated environmental data, spanning the H2020 Citizen Observatory projects GROW Observatory, Groundtruth 2.0, Landsense and Scent. Citizen Observatories are a series of projects where people across the world come together to monitor how their local areas and the planet are changing. The projects have engaged with tens of thousands of “citizen scientists” who assisted in gathering data at unprecedented scale for themes such as air and water quality, wildlife, land cover and soil. The Open Data Challenge (ODC) is a competitive online event and tender for participating individuals/teams to innovate using open environmental data from Citizen Observatories.

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Citizen Science and Grassroots Innovation

10:00 - 12:00 CEST, May 20, 2020
The newly-launched Crowd4SDG project is hosting a Roundtable Discussion on Crowdsourcing for Tackling the Coronavirus Pandemic and its Aftermath. We live at a moment of radical change. The world is reeling from a pandemic which has hit Europe particularly hard. Urgent biomedical research, aimed to tackle the immediate public health crisis, is evolving rapidly into a broader innovation agenda for coping with the massive social and economic fallout from the pandemic. This roundtable focuses on the contributions that various forms of crowdsourcing can make to the broader agenda of research and innovation in the Covid era.

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#EUvsVirus hackathon

Europe, May 21, 2020
The European Commission, led by the European Innovation Council and in close collaboration with the EU member states, will host a follow-up matchathon to help the finalists and winners of the EUvsVirus Hackathon connect with corporates, investors, accelerators, venture capitalists, etc. around the world to put their innovative solutions into production and save lives. Now is your chance to match with solutions and help save lives!

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Phoenix, AZ, May 25, 2020
The 3rd biennial conference of the Citizen Science Association will be held in conjunction with Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society in Phoenix, AZ, in May 2021.

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Webinar - the Characteristics of Citizen Science

13:00 CEST, May 27, 2020
ECSA and EU-Citizen.Science invite you to join their webinar about the recently published ‘Characteristics of citizen science’. This document is the output of a community-based effort to outline what can be characterized as citizen science. Led by members of the working group that wrote this document, the webinar will be an opportunity to learn more about its content, including why defining characteristics of citizen science was necessary and how they will benefit the field. More details will follow shortly, including speakers and registration details. For now, please put a note in your diary!

Create your own air quality sensor with!

17:00 CEST, May 28, 2020
CanAirIO, SciStarter and COs4Cloud invite you to a webinar on how to contribute to air quality monitoring through citizen science and how to make your own air quality sensor. CanAirIO is a citizen science project using low cost sensors to measure air quality (Particle Material PM2.5) with cell phones (mobile measurement) or your wifi (static measurements) with low-cost technology and open source code. We are looking to build a citizen network and an air quality map that will allow us to know what we are breathing and how we can improve life quality.

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CSA Webinar: Citizen Science, Community Engagement, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

11:00 EST, May 28, 2020
Traditional data sources are not sufficient for measuring the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. New and non-traditional sources of data are required. Citizen science is an emerging example of a non-traditional data source that is already making a contribution. Speakers will discuss how citizen science can be integrated into the formal United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reporting mechanisms, providing the results of a systematic review of the SDG indicators and citizen science initiatives that may address them. Successful use of citizen science data by National Statistics Offices (NSOs) and United Nations agencies will be highlighted. Success will require leadership from the United Nations, innovation from National Statistical Offices, and focus from the citizen science community to address the indicators for which citizen science can have a real impact.

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REINFORCE Webinar — Bridging the gap between Science and Society through Citizen Science

Online, Jun 01, 2020
Citizen science interventions are becoming more and more relevant across all scientific disciplines and the humanities and it can potentially bring a wide variety of benefits to researchers, citizens, policy makers and society across the research and innovation cycle. Nevertheless, there are difficulties setting up citizen science initiatives, for example in terms of choosing the optimum methodologies and ensuring balanced participation of citizens. The Webinar aims at introducing the REINFORCE project to the European Research community and to the broad public of potential citizen scientists, focusing mostly on the four Citizen Science Demonstrators that will be developed within the project.

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INSPIRE Conference - final event

Dubrovnik, Jun 11, 2020
The INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 is in line with the motto of the INSPIRE Conference – “Bringing sustainability and digitalisation together”. The goal of the hackathon is to promote collaboration and sharing of experience in the domain of spatial data/services and citizen-science while showcasing their utilisation and uptake to different application domains and themes. This includes supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.

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ECSA Conference 2020

to be confirmed - , Sep 06, 2020
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in Europe, we have regrettably decided to postpone the third international ECSA conference until 6-8 September 2020. We sincerely hope that the situation for everyone, in Europe and beyond, will have returned to normal long before then, and that people will be able to meet and travel as normal. The conference organisers will follow the situation extremely closely and follow all advice and regulations from the Italian government. The health and safety of everyone - conference delegates, organising staff and the citizens of Trieste -will remain our primary concern. A further update about whether we go ahead with the conference will be made on 1 June 2020, to give everyone enough time to prepare accordingly.


Australia, Oct 06, 2020
The Australian Citizen Science Association invites you to join us on the Gold Coast from October 6-9, 2020 as we bring together citizen science practitioners, participants, thought leaders and decision makers for the third Australian Citizen Science Conference #CitSciOz20.

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Conference: A citizen science decade (2020-2030) in support to the Sustainable Development Goals

Museum für Naturkunde, Oct 14, 2020
The Museum für Naturkunde and partners will host a conference to showcase, evaluate and discuss the contribution of citizen science to framing and achieving the SDGs.

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