Expert Panel

Expert Panel

An expert panel consisting of one chair and 14 experts in the area of citizen science supported the funding decision.


> Prof. Dr. habil. Josef Settele (Helmholtz – Center for Environmental Research UFZ, Germany)

Josef Settele is a research scientist at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (Department of Community Ecology). He was initiator of the "German butterfly monitoring scheme" in 2005 and co-founded "Butterfly Conservation Europe" in 2004, of which he was chairman from 2010 to 2013. Josef Settele coordinated the citizen science project “Finde den Wiesenknopf”. Citizen Science also was or is a central aspect in the following projects coordinated by him: MacMan, CLIMIT, LEGATO, STACCATO.

Expert Panel Members

> 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 three 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. ARTizen is used to carry out data analyses of 19th century European art. The platform is recording variations of the Italian language.

> Dr. Martina Franzen (Berlin Social Science Center, Germany)

Martina Franzen is a senior scientist at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and responsible for the research area of digitalisation in the research group "Science Policy Studies". She covers the fields of science studies, media research, evaluation research and sociological theory. Her current research and teaching activities focus on open science – and citizen science respectively – in its multiple facets to develop both an analytical framework and a critical understanding of actual changes in the science-policy nexus and its implications for scientific knowledge production. Martina Franzen is member of the newly founded Leibniz network “Citizen Science”.

> Susanne Hecker (Helmholtz – Center for Environmental Research UFZ, Germany)

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. Being a charter member of the European Citizen Science Association, she also is a member of the US Association CSA as well as the Australian Citizen Science Association. In 2016, she organized the First International ECSA Conference in Germany’s capital Berlin which attracted more than 380 participants from 30 countries. As trained science communicator she is undertaking her PhD in citizen science communication. She is co-author of the publication” Greenbook: Citizen Science Strategy 2020 for Deutschland”.

> Ass. Prof. Dick Kasperowski (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Dick Kasperowski is Associate Professor of Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg. Informed by current perspectives in science and technology studies (STS), his main interests include citizen science, governance of science, participatory practices in science and the humanities and open collaborative projects in scientific work. The analytical focus of his research concerns how new technologies configure relations and the development of epistemic cultures between actors claiming different experiences and knowledge; further how political and scientific representations are related to each other and how (scientific) citizenship is connected to research policy and scientific practices. Lately this interest has translated into studies of the role of mobile digital technologies in configuring relations between the self and the body and the role of large scale digital platforms in citizen science. He is currently principal investigator of three projects focusing on citizen science;  in the project "Taking science to the crowd: Researchers, programmers and volunteer contributors transforming science online", in the project “Citizen data: collecting and using data for societal change” and in “Arenas for building relations for co-operation through citizen science” (ARCS).


> Ass. Prof. Steven A. Loiselle (Earthwatch Institute Oxford, United Kingdom | University of Siena, Italy)

Steven Loiselle is an associate professor at the University of Siena (Italy) and is the lead scientist for "FreshWater Watch", a global mass citizen science programme, which has trained more than 8,000 citizen scientists in 33 urban areas on five continents. The FreshWater Watch programme brings together leading aquatic scientists to investigate the impact of urbanisation and land use change on ecosystem dynamics and water quality across a wide geographic range. Steven Loiselle has published numerous articles on the impacts of environmental change on aquatic ecosystems and the role of citizen science in helping to address research and monitoring priorities.

> Dr. Dana Mahr (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Dana Mahr is a postdoctoral researcher within the ERC/SNF research group "Rethinking Public Participation and Science" at the University of Geneva. Her research centers on sociology and history of public participation in science, technology and medicine from different perspectives. In 2014 she published her PhD thesis "Citizen Science: Participatory Knowledge Production in the late 19th and early 20th Century". In addition, Dana Mahr explores the history and sociology of the co-production of knowledge between patients, families, medical professionals and scientists within emerging biomedical practices like whole genome sequencing. In Geneva she works on discovering "longue durée" relations between social movements and participatory health research. She is also the representative of the Swiss Confederation within COST Action "Citizen Science".

> Dr. Michael Pocock (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, United Kingdom)

Michael Pocock is an ecologist working at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). Within CEH he works in the Biological Records Centre which has a 50 year history of supporting volunteer naturalists undertaking citizen science recording. Within citizen science Michael Pocock both leads projects and provides an overview of the use of citizen science. He co-led the highly-regarded "Conker Tree Science" project and the associated "LeafWatch" app, which has engaged over 8,000 people, and the "Big Bumblebee Discovery", which engaged 12,000 school children. He has published the influential reports: "Guide to Citizen Science", "Understanding Citizen Science and Choosing" and "Using Citizen Science" and has advised how to develop citizen science for environmental monitoring and ecological research. He is currently working on projects for cost-benefit evaluation of citizen science (UKEOF) and using citizen science for early detection of plant pests (Defra & BBSRC). He co-chairs the British Ecological Society’s Citizen Science group.

> Ass. Prof. Dr. Marisa Ponti (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Marisa Ponti is assistant professor at the Department of Applied Information Technology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her current research focuses on the use of technology to enhance new forms of scientific activities involving amateurs. She is also interested in developing approaches to involve the general public in collaborative knowledge co-creation. At present, she is a co-investigator in the project "Taking science to the crowd: Researchers, programmers, and volunteer contributions transforming science online". She is a member of the Management Committee of the new COST Action "Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe".

> Prof. Dr. Jörg Scheidt (University of Applied Sciences Hof, Germany)

Jörg Scheidt is professor at the University of Applied Sciences Hof and leads the research group Analytical Information Systems. He has been running the citizen science project Migraine Radar since 2011. The Migraine Radar engaged over 6,000 citizen scientists and investigates questions like "Is there a correlation between migraine attacks and weather changes?" or "Is the number of migraine cases higher on certain days?". In 2017 he received the funding for the follow-up citizen science project CLUE to extend the research to cluster headache. 

> Fermin Serrano (Ibercivis Foundation; University of Zaragoza, Spain)

Fermín Serrano is the executive director of the Ibercivis Foundation where he coordinates and analyses citizen science projects. Since 2006 he has participated in more than 60 experiments reaching over 50,000 volunteers, including the Socientize project that delivered the "White Paper on Citizen Science for Europe", which is influential in increasing recognition and making policies in this area. Socientize became a focus and reference for citizen science both within Europe and world-wide. Fermin Serrano is a recognised expert in the domains of citizen science and science-society interactions, including linking creativity and the arts with technology. Currently he leads the Spanish Observatory and the national roadmap of Citizen Science among other projects. He also collaborates with several H2020 projects and entities such as the European Commission, Ars Electronica or the Foundation Cotec.

> Dr. Andrea Sforzi (Natural History Museum of Maremma, Italy)

Andrea Sforzi is the Director of the Maremma Natural History Museum (Tuscany, Italy). Since 2011 he developed an environmental citizen science project in Italy in collaboration with the team of the successful project OPAL (UK) and a recording site Bioblitzes, field toolkits, surveys, training courses and other activities have been regularly organized since then. In 2012, he actively took part in the process of setting up the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA). In 2013, he was elected among the three Trustees of the association and in 2014 he was confirmed in that role (now formerly member of the Board of Directors). Andrea Sforzi is one of the two Italian members in the Management Committee of the European project COST "Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe" and he is one of the promoters of the Italian informal working group on CS: Citizen Science Italia (CSI). In 2016, he was nominated as a member of the Advisory Board of the OPAL project (GB).

> 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 active 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!”.

> Ass. Prof. Jérôme Waldispühl (McGill University Montreal, Canada)

Jérôme Waldispühl is an associate professor in computer science at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He conducts research in computational molecular biology, and develops algorithms computational systems to analyse genomic data. Jérôme Waldispühl is a pioneer of crowdsourcing and citizen science in computational genomics. In particular, he is the co-creator of "Phylo", a citizen science game designed to help the analysis of genomes from multiple species. Since 2010, Phylo has been accessed and played by more than 300,000 web users from 193 countries. Jérôme Waldispühl is an advocate for fully open citizen science platform with "Open-Phylo". More recently, he released a novel scientific game "Ribo" for contributing to the analysis of RNA sequences.

> Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany)

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. Since 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.

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