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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.

ECSA’s aims

  1. Carrying out research on participatory research, volunteering / community service, and citizen science;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. Identifying, developing and promoting best practice and excellence in citizen science;
  5.  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.

ECSA Projects at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Doing-it-together Science (DITOs)

DITOs is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to increase public participation in scientifi c research & innovation across Europe.
We want to accomplish this by building the institutional & policy foundations for sustained deep public engagement in science & technology. Our focus lays on citizen science & DIY (Do it youself) formats that enable people to contribute at levels that work for them, localised capacity building & in the long term channel the effects of grassroots efforts into policy action at different levels.

Claudia Göbel, Gaia Agnello, Dr. Katrin Vohland

DITO´s Official Homepage
DITO´s within ECSA

2016 - 2020 

Cooperation Partners
Eutema Technology Management, Centre Recherches  interdisciplinaires (CRI), Medialalab Prado, Mertitum, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Tekiu, University College London (UCL), Université de Genéve, Waag Society, Zavod Kersnikova

This project is funded as an innovation action from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 funding program under grant agreement number No. 709433.


The idea of LandSense, a project within the  European research funding programme H2020, is to build an innovative citizen observatory in the field of land use and land cover, which integrates data from citizens, authorities and other public sources, ensuring its quality through in-situ validation and making it available for businesses, environmental associations, government agencies, and science. The main function of LandSense is to create a marketplace bringing together existing needs and solutions and to develop applications in areas such as ​​nature conservation or landscape planning. Through the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is involved in this joint project coordinated by the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA). The main task here is to develop strategies for stakeholder engagement and citizen participation, thus giving them more opportunities to influence how land use develops.

André Mascarenhas, Dr. Katrin Vohland

LandSense Official Homepage
LandSense am International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Cooperation Partners
BirdLife International, European Crowdfunding Network, FeLis Steinbeis-Transferzentrum, GeoVille, Global 2000 IIASA, Inosens, Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière (IGN), JRC European Commission, Secure Dimensions, Sinergise, Umweltbundesamt (UBA), Universität Heidelberg, University of Nottingham,Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Wageningen University

This project is funded as an innovation action from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 funding program under grant agreement number 689812.