The advisory board consisting of experienced scientists advised and supported the strategic development of this initiative.
> Prof. Dr. François Bry (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany)
François Bry is professor and holder of the chair "Programming and Modelling Languages" at the Institute for Informatics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (LMU). The chair has designed and developed two citizen science platforms: "ARTIGO" is a game platform which automatically generates a search engine for works of art from the entries and contributions of the players. The second one, www.metropolitalia.org, is a platform recording variations of the Italian language.
> Susanne Hecker (Helmholtz – Center for Environmental Research UFZ)
Susanne Hecker is a research associate at the UFZ/iDiv in Leipzig, Germany. Her core competencies are citizen science and science communication. In her research she focuses on the science-policy-society interface of citizen science and the role of communication in participatory science projects. She is a charter member of the European Citizen Science Association, a member of the US Association CSA as well as the Australian Citizen Science Association. As part of her work, she regularly gives talks and presentations at international workshops, forums and conferences lastly at the Australian Citizen Science Forum Brisbane or the Green Week in Brussels (EU commission). As a trained science communicator she is undertaking her PhD in citizen science communication.
> Prof. Dr. Klaus Tochtermann (ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, University of Kiel)
Prof. Dr. Klaus Tochtermann is the director of the ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and professor for digital information infrastructures at the University of Kiel. He is actively involved in various national and international committees, e.g. the German citizen science programme GEWISS, the ITA advisory board of the German Ministry of Education and Research in the field of “participation in research and innovation”. He is also a member of the high level expert group “European Open Science Cloud” for the European Commission. His work ranges from knowledge management to knowledge transfer, web 2.0 to semantic technologies and science 2.0. One of his presentations in 2013 was titled “Science 2.0 and citizen science in libraries – A new field of work needs new competences!”.
> Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski (University of Oldenburg )
Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski is vice director of the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) of the University of Oldenburg and head of the research group “Marine Sensor Systems”. From 2012 to 2015, he participated in the international citizen science project “Citclops : Citizens’ observatory for coast and ocean optical monitoring”. Citclops was one of five EU Citizens’ Observatories aiming to develop cost-effective sensors and smartphone apps which citizens can use to analyse seawater quality. From August 2016, this work has been continued within the project “Coastal Ocean Darkening” funded by the Lower Saxony initiative “Vorab”. Furthermore, he is a member of the expert group citizen science of the European Marine Board.
In addition to the Advisory board an international expert panel supported the selection of projects.