Citizen Science & Law

Date: 27/06/2018 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Palais Harrach, Freyung 3, 1010 Vienna

Citizen Science relies on the participation of interested and motivated citizens. It enables them to carry out projects which would not be possible without the help of citizen scientists. However, the participation of volunteers in research projects comes along with a high responsibility regarding data protection and the compliance with regulatory and legal requirements. With the new EU General Data Protection Regulation, citizen science projects are facing several changes which lead to uncertainties and insecurity.

The Citizen Science Network Austria, the University of Vienna, the Center for Citizen Science and the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research organised a workshop to support project leaders with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation by outlining the important aspects of the new regulation. This event was specifically dedicated to citizen science projects and their leaders.

Key note speaker: Dipl.-Ing. Annemarie Hofer, member of the task force for legal aspects from the citizen science platform "Österreich forscht".

Annemarie Hofer works at the Institute of Law at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna (BOKU) and focuses on data protection tasks in citizen science projects. The research results were published in the law journal "Datenschutz konkret" and were shared with projects leaders at workshops. Currently, Ms Hofer is working in the Top Citizen Science project "Earth Construction in the Waldviertel" and the Institute of Law at BOKU on interactive and practical-oriented ways of communicating data protection contents to citizen science project leaders.

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