Citizen Science for Policy across Europe

22 June 2021 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM CEST


EU-Citizen.Science is inviting representatives from ministries across Europe and at the regional and local levels to engage in a discussion about citizen science and its benefits for policy making. The main aim of this event is to develop collaborations among policy makers with citizen science interests. This event will be held as a satellite event of the European Research and Innovation Days on 22 June 2021.


  • Explore the current state of citizen science in Europe to enhance synergies across borders.
  • Open discussions by presenting good practices and success stories about citizen science operating at different levels, highlighting the barriers that affect the development of citizen science and providing solutions to overcome them to produce a powerful policy decision making tool.
  • Foster collaborations among different countries to promote citizen science, establishing common paths.

How to follow the event

You can register here to join the event on Zoom and have the opportunity to interact with speakers. The event will be broadcasted live on the ECSA Youtube channel. Viewers will be able to participate by sending questions and remarks using the Youtube chat. Questions will be answered by ministries representatives. Please, save the date!


The event will last 1.5 hour. It is made up of four blocks, each dedicated to a citizen science topic. Each block begins with a presentation given by an invited speaker, followed by an open discussion for sharing different experiences from representatives of Ministries of European Member States and the participants in the event.

  • 11:00 - 11:05 Welcoming and introduction to the event by the EU-Citizen.Science Project coordinator and FECYT/Ibercivis (5’)
  • 11:05 - 11:25 Block 1: Current state of citizen science across Europe introduced by Sven Schade, Scientific Policy Officer, Joint Research Center, European Commission (5’), followed by a discussion (15’)
  • 11:25 - 11:45 Block 2: Promoting citizen science through the launch of national plans for funding citizen science projects introduced by Carmen Castresana, General Director of Research Planning, Spanish Ministry of Science and innovation (5’), followed by a discussion (15’)
  • 11:45 - 12:05 Block 3: Overcoming the barriers to citizen science introduced by José Paulo Esperança, Vice-President of the Foundation for Science and Technology, Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology and Higher Education (5’), followed by a discussion (15’)
  • 12:05 - 12:25 Block 4: Science for the people, by the people – policy instruments to anchor citizen science in research and society introduced by Anne Overbeck, Policy Officer for Citizen Science, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (5’), followed by a discussion (15’)
  • 12:25 - 12.30 Concluding remarks (5’)

Invited Speakers

Sven Schade

He works at the European Commission’s in-house scientific and knowledge management service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), where he leads the research on digital transformation and the modernisation of the public sector for recovery. His research interests include digital governance, multi-disciplinary interoperability, and public participation in science for policy.

Carmen Castresana

Dr. Carmen Castresana is Director General for Research Planning at the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation since February 2020. She is Full Professor at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and has developed most of her research career in the field of Plant Molecular Biology at the National Center for Biotechnology, where she acted as Director from 2013 to 2015.

José Paulo Esperança

José Paulo Esperança is the Vice President of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). He is full professor of Finance and former Dean of the ISCTE Business School as well as former Pro-Rector for International Relations and Entrepreneurship at ISCTE-IUL. He cofounded AUDAX-ISCTE, an associated centre focused on entrepreneurship and family business and BGI, a new ventures accelerator. He is an associated member of several associations aimed at promoting biodiversity in his home region of Beira Interior.

Anne Overbeck

Anne Overbeck is Policy Officer at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research focusing on Citizen Science and other participatory approaches in science and research. Prior to her position at the ministry, Anne Overbeck has been working as a museum curator concentrating on participation in the knowledge creation process in (digital) exhibitions.

Invited Panelists

Svetlana Jesiļevska

Dr. oec. Svetlana Jesiļevska is an expert in smart energy at the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science, the author of several scientific publications, books and publications in the mass-media devoted to innovation and R&D. Work experience as data analyst in the Central Statistical Bureau and the State Chancellery of Latvia.

Luigi Ceccaroni

Luigi manages innovation and strategic research at Earthwatch, an independent research organisation in Oxford, UK. He is the principal investigator and leader of the European Commission’s project “MICS” (2019-2021) to evaluate citizen-science impacts. He also leads the awareness raising and engagement efforts in EU-Citizen.Science. Luigi is the author of more than 100 publications on citizen science, the environment, artificial intelligence and personalised medicine, topics he is passionate about. He was the vice-chair of the European Citizen Science Association in 2019-2020.

Adrian Pascu

Mr. Adrian Pascu works at the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization in Romania, as a policy officer preparing the participation to the EU Council meetings in research and to the ERAC. He has a relevant experience in the development of ERA in Romania and in the participation to the EU R&I framework programmes, as well as in related supporting activities.

General Information


  • The EU-Citizen.Science project and FECYT/Ibercivis with the support of
    • The European Commission
    • The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation
    • The Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology and Higher Education
    • The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research


  • EU-Citizen.Science Project Coordinator
  • Ibercivis
  • Stickydot

Organization Team

  • Antonella Radicchi (MfN)
  • Silke Voigt-Heucke (MfN)
  • Francisco Sanz (Ibercivis)
  • Daniel Lisbona (Ibercivis)
  • Maite Pelacho (Ibercivis)
  • Pablo Camacho (FECYT)
  • Maria Inês Vicente (Município de Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo)
  • Lucie Steigleder (Ecsite)
  • Claudia Fabo Cartas (ECSA)
  • Andrea Troncoso (ECSA)
  • with the support of the EU-Citizen.Science Consortium

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