The European Citizen Science Association ECSA draws on a wide and diverse network of members and supporters from Europe and internationally. They represent a mixture of research institutes, museums, universities, NGO's, SMEs and other local and national Citizen Science groups that cover different fields, such as biological science, do-it-yourself approaches, environmental mapping and social sciences. The community is bound together by a strong commitment to advance participatory research, either by conducting citizen science projects or by supporting them through activities like communication or funding. If you want to become a member, please join us!

We are looking forward meeting you at our Conference!

International ECSA Conference 2018

The Second International ECSA Conference 2018 focusing on the CITIZEN starts on Sunday, June 3rd with a Citizen Science Festival! Geneva locals and ECSA2018 participants are invited to explore different citizen science projects from Geneva, Switzerland and abroad.

Partners & Supporters

Many thanks for supporting the Second International ECSA Conference 2018 in Geneva! Without the help of numerous institutions, this conference would not happen.


The ECSA Steering Committee decided to hold the ECSA Conference biannually in different member countries and with different hosts. The First International ECSA Conference was held in 2016 in Berlin. In 2018, the Foundation Science et Cité is organising the Second International ECSA Conference together with the University of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland.

The venue

The Second International ECSA Conference 2018 takes place in the heart of Geneva. Located centrally in the historic Maison Communale de Plainpalais belonging to the City of Geneva which was built in the beginning of the 20th century, you can admire its architecture and wall paintings by Edmond Ravel.


Online registration is possible here on February 14th, 2018. Being fast you can profit from the early bird tickets, available for everybody (14.02.-14.03.2018). The conference fee from 3-5 June includes access to sessions (note that for some workshops there are limits) as well lunches, coffee breaks and the Conference Dinner.

Practical information

Here is a selection of useful information to make your trip to and stay in Geneva as easy and enjoyable as possible.

How to get there

There are many "roads" to Geneva. You have direct and cheap flight connections from around the world and excellent public transport in Switzerland.
Flights: Geneva international airport offers connections from/to major European cities and the rest of the world.
Trains: You reach Geneva’s main railway station easily from most European cities. The Swiss Railway network reaches every corner of Switzerland. Check out the Swiss railway website.

Staying overnight

We have reserved for you various hotel categories, on a first come first served basis. Please mention ECSA2018 to get special prices.
Geneva public transport is included when booking a room.

Name Website Single* Double* 3-beds* 5-beds*
Hotel Central 2*   135.- 155.- 175.- 175.-
Hotel Ramada Encore Genève 3*  from 135.-  from 183.-  N/A  N/A
Hotel Suisse 3*  from 180.- from 210.-  N/A  N/A

Hotel Drake Longchamp 3*

(please fill in attached document)  from 188.- from 245.-  N/A  N/A
Ibis Genève Centre-Gare 3*  from 180.- from 200.-  N/A  N/A
Hotel Comédie 3*  from 160.- from 230.-  N/A  N/A
Ibis Genève Centre Nations 3*  from 180.- from 200.-  N/A  N/A
Novotel Genève Centre 4*  from 180.- from 200.-  N/A  N/A

 Prices are per night in Swiss Francs.

There are lots of affordable hotels and sleeping opportunities in Geneva. Underneath are a few options:

Other hotels

Please note that June is a turism season, don't wait too long before proceeding with your booking!

What to do in Geneva?

There are many reasons to visit the Second International ECSA Conference in Geneva! The beautiful city of Geneva is not only the capital of peace with being home of the Red Cross but also a place of international politics with the second largest United Nations Office. With CERN being one of the top places for exploring our universe and home of many international scientists, it has also some fame in research. Also when it comes to aesthetics and pleasure Geneva is top: being famous for its fine watchmaking and chocolate. Most public museums are free of charge. Ah, yes, of course, not to speak of the lake and the mountains. Find more advice on Geneva visitors website.

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