The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) is a network of Citizen Science initiatives with the aim to support the Citizen Science Movement in Europe and link it internationally. ECSA unites Citizen Science practitioner organisations, e.g. research institutes, universities, museums and other initiatives, from more than 17 EU countries, Israel and the US.
It creates a European platform for exchange and joint action. ECSA is registered as non-profit organisation in Germany and is administered by a Secretariat hosted at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
- Carrying out research on participatory research, volunteering / community service, and citizen science;
- Developing and employing knowledge and skills on citizen science at the European, national and regional level as well as gathering and distributing those through web sites, workshops, talks and publications;
- Developing and implementing EU-wide citizen science programmes, especially in areas with high societal relevance both on the European and on the national level, such as sustainability, environment, social and technical innovation;
- Identifying, developing and promoting best practice and excellence in citizen science;
- Developing a common European approach to citizen science, in terms of methodology, education and training materials, time and performance criteria.
To address these aims ECSA realizes a range of activities, such as the annual General Assembly, workshops, conferences and studies.