European citizen science experts discuss ECSA’s future

Scientists from across Europe gathered in Brussels this week to hold talks on the fledgling European Citizen Science Association (ECSA).

The meeting was the first that has been held since the assocation was officially launched at EU Green Week in June 2013.

People carrying out a citizen science surveyMore than 50 experts from 12 countries shared information on citizen science initiatives and voted on governance arrangements for ECSA, which is currently led by OPAL Director Dr Linda Davies.

Delegates voted to establish four committees which will help to drive the association forward:

  • Fundraising, membership, communications, promotion and marketing
  • Policy, strategy, governance and partnerships
  • Standards and principles, sharing best practice and capacity building
  • Projects, tools, data and technology.

The next meeting is expected to be held in Copenhagen in April 2014.