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 since February 14th, 2018. Make sure you don't miss the early bird rate until March 14th. After this date, registration will still be possible until May 22nd at normal rates.The conference fees from June 3rd to 5th include access to all sessions (note that interactive sessions are restricted to a certain number of participants on a first come first served basis) as well lunches, coffee breaks, the conference dinner and apéro. Bank transfer or credit card may be used for payment.

Have a look at our preliminary conference programme (formats' description).

During March 2018: Feedback of acceptance or refusal will be given to the corresponding author. No worries, if we cannot get in touch with you until the deadline of early bird registration (14th March) due to the extension of the submission period of two weeks, you will still profit from the same rate in case your proposal was accepted. Sorry about that but we are happy to be flooded with many interesting inputs!

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* Petershöfli  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.


More than 250 proposals from scientists, practitioners, activists, funders, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, artists, and interested citizens in the field of Citizen Science from all over the world have been submitted! The Conference Committee ensures by reviewing these proposals that the conference will be highlighting the citizen. Why do citizens collaborate? What is their motivation to volunteer? Do they develop a deeper interest and engagement in science? Do they have suggestions for improving collaborations?

During March 2018: Feedback of acceptance or refusal will be given to the corresponding author. No worries, if we cannot get in touch with you until the deadline of early bird registration (14th March) due to the extension of the submission period of two weeks, you will still profit from the same rate in case your proposal was accepted. Sorry about that but we are happy to be flooded with many interesting inputs!



We are looking forward to inspiring talks by our three keynote speakers.

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Shannon Dosemagen (USA)

Shannon is Executive Director of the Public Lab nonprofit. With over fifteen years of experience in community organizing and education, Shannon has worked with environment and public health groups addressing declining freshwater resources, coastal land loss and building participatory monitoring programs with communities neighboring industrial facilities and impacted by the BP oil spill.
She is acting Vice Chair of the [U.S. EPA] National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology, Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Citizen Science Association, a co-organizer for the Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH), a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Environment and serves on advisory boards, councils or working groups for the National Parks Conservation Association, the Louisiana Public Health Institute, the Louisiana Bar Association and the Citizen Science Association. Shannon is an Ashoka Fellow, a 2015-16 Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society Fellow and a current Research Affiliate, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a 2012 Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communications Fellow. Shannon can be found on Twitter at @sdosemagen.

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Bruno Strasser (CH)

Bruno J. Strasser is a historian investigating the shifting relations between science and society. He leads a research team working on “The Rise of the Citizen Sciences: Rethinking Science and Public Participation.” After much exploration, he is no longer sure there is such a thing as citizen science (despite there being conferences devoted to it ). His second book, “Collecting Experiments: Making Big Data Biology”, will be coming out with Chicago University Press in 2019.
He is full professor at the University of Geneva, adjunct professor at Yale University, and member of more committees than he would like. He has been a visiting fellow at Princeton University, the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and a visiting professor at the University of Manchester and Autonomous University of Barcelona, and been in many other places where academics tend to go. He is founder and director of an outreach laboratory, the Bioscope which organizes citizen science projects on biodiversity, and offers critical workshops on genetics, neuroscience, and sexual health. He enjoys good food and good conversations, running and mountaineering, and thinking about how to make the world a better biking place.

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Jacqueline McGlade (UK)
Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Institute of Global Prosperity, University College London, UK
Professor, Maasai Mara University and Director, MMU Sekenani Resilience and Space Research Centre, Kenya

Representative of the City of Geneva

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Sami Kanaan (CH
Administrative adviser for culture and sport Department of the City of Geneva

Public Event

Save the Date: Public Citizen Science Festival on Sunday, June 3rd 2018

Take the chance and visit our Citizen Science Festival on Sunday, June 3rd at the terrace of the Maison Communale de Plainpalais in Geneva. You can discover local Citizen Science projects with hands on activities and meet activists in this field from all over the world attending our conference.

Together with food, drinks and music you can also get your ideas to the public at our open mic stand. We offer also an excursion towards a local nature reserve called Teppes de Verbois. The excursion with a Bioblitz is organized by Bioscope of the University of Geneva. 

A detailed programme will follow in May.

Preliminary programme

Download: Please check out our preliminary programme.

Conference preliminary programme

The programme will be updated regularly - the definitve programme will be published beginning of May.

Details of our public festival on Sunday, June 3rd will be published soon. Save the date and make sure to book your trip so that you can make it on Sunday. All conference participants are welcome and lunch is included in the conference fee!

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