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On 2 and 3 April 2019, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), in Brussels, Belgium, will host a series of joint events related to citizen science, including our DITOs Final Event!

On the 2nd April, RBINS will host: 1) the annual General Assembly and working group meetings of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), during which ECSA members are invited to make decisions and actively participate in the shaping of the Association and the Working Groups; 2) a workshop organised by BiodivERsA to increase scientist awareness of the importance and added value of citizen science, explore methodologies and adopted practices ongoing in Europe and worldwide, and to learn how to better promote and support citizen science.

On the 3rd April, the Doing It Together Science (DITOs) project will present the results and lessons learnt from the project in the DITOs Pan-European Policy Round Table on Citizen Science and DIY science. This one-day event will be a mix of talks, panels discussions, and a "marketplace" (exhibition stalls) showcasing DITOs activities and new projects, creating a great opportunity for interactivity, creativity, and networking!

Critically, citizen science is not only about data, but also about inclusion, empowerment, and increasing engagement. The event aims to engage stakeholders at different levels to discuss pathways for championing for citizen science, providing condensed inputs for European governance supportive of sustainable community-driven research and innovation.

When: 3rd April 2019 from 9:30 to 18:00
Where: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, 29 rue Vautier 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Preliminary agenda
9:00 - 9:30 Registration

9:30 - 10:00 Opening by Muki Haklay & (TBC)

10:00 - 11:00 DITOs project results
DITOs partners will present results from the core themes of the project: environmental sustainability, biodesign, public engagement, policy engagement, evaluation methods.

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30 Doing It Together beyond DITOs
Short talks discussing how to ensure the DITOs legacy will live beyond the end of the project, and the challenges for citizen science.

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

13:00 - 14:00 Marketplace
A space to exhibit projects, bring ideas of iconic tools, strategies from partners and other projects, ECSA Working Groups, citizen scientists.

14:00 - 15:15 “Taking the Journey” roundtables
Themes-based tables for sharing lessons learnt about DITOs activities.

15:15 - 15:30 Coffee break

Parallel policy roundtables:
15:30 - 17:00 Citizen science & environmental monitoring and reporting

The session will be part of the consultation process aiming at developing written guidelines on citizen science & environmental monitoring and reporting requested by the European Commission to DG Environment, JRC, Environment Agency Copenhagen.

15:30 - 17:00 Citizen science support for the science-policy interface
A joint workshop with BiodivERsa.

17:00 - 17:30 Wrap up & closing remarks (TBC)

17:30 Cocktail & citizen science DISCO in the Dinosaurs Gallery

20:00 End

For further questions, please contact:
Gaia Agnello and Carole Paleco