International ECSA Conference 2016

Join us for the 1st international ECSA Conference "Citizen Science - Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy" that will take place in Berlin, 19-21 May 2016. More information on the dedicated conference website where you also find the preliminary programme and registration. ECSA membership is nor required when applying to present your project at the market place. More information on membership and other forms to engage with ECSA here.

The ECSA General Assembly 2016 will also take pace at the conference. Don´t miss the opportunity to take part in decisions regarding the future of the association! ECSA members can apply or nominate others for the Executive Board, the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board.

Please note that we will take the last round of membership applications for decision by the Steering Committee before the General Assembly on Thursday, 12 May 2016, 23:59.

10 Principles of Citizen Science

Citizen science is a flexible concept which can be adapted and applied within diverse situations and disciplines. The ECSA working group ‘Sharing best practice and building capacity’  has developed 10 key principles which as a community we believe underlie good practice in citizen science. The Principles have been elaborated in an iterative process led by the Natural History Museum London with input from many members of the Association and published in 2015. As a next step, we're translating the 10 Principles into the languages of ECSA members to make this tool more accessible throughout Europe and beyond. Find our updated collection here.


We, the Citizens… We, the Scientists

This video features interviews with participants and organisators of the inspiring General Assembly of ECSA in October 2015 in Barcelona. It is a contribution by THE CROWD & THE CLOUD.








In the ECSA blog we report on events that we organised or attended and introduce the people behind ECSA. We also welcome guest posts by our members and supporters. Take a look and get in touch if you are interested in contributing!


About ECSA






ECSA is a network of Citizen Science initiatives, research institutes, universities, museums, other organisations and individuals from 20 EU countries, Switzerland, Israel and the US, who are working together with the mission to connect citizens and science through fostering active participation. ECSA is a registered non-profit association administered by a Secretariat hosted at the Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research (MfN) in Berlin, Germany. Read more about the association and see our strategy.


Share your Citizen Science pics!






We want to make Citizen Science visible. One step is to share photos and other visual material on Citizen Science activities and project organizers from across Europe and the world. For this purpose Florian Heigl and Daniel Dörler of the Communication Working Group have created an ECSA profile on Instagram - europeancitizenscience (ECSA was already taken!). They are happy if you tag your CS pictures with #ecsa, #citizenscience or #europeancitizenscience. You can also send them your pics via email to be shared via the ECSA account.