Citizen Science workshop

Biodiversity research for and by citizens in Eastern Europe: tools, information services and public engagement

When: 27-28 June 2016

Venue: University of Tartu Natural History Museum, Vanemuise 46, Tartu, Estonia

Organizer: University of Tartu Natural History Museum

Citizens in democratic society are no longer just passive bystanders when science is in focus. They show interest in results, ask for consultation and contribute with data. For many fields of research citizen science data are valuable additional information.

Engaging citizens is a challenge both for society and for researchers. There are new tools and methods which allow to manage citizen science projects, collect data and provide feedback to citizen scientists.

Workshop will present EU BON results of citizen science mobilizing efforts for biodiversity research, provide training for citizen science tools and showcase some examples of Estonian projects and European initiatives. Workshop will also make an effort to prioritize recommendations and next steps for citizen science integration into biodiversity research.


Program (there can be minor changes in agenda):

Monday, 27th June (11:00 - 17:30)

10:30 - 11:00 Registration, coffee
11:00 - 11:10


Urmas Kõljalg (Director of University of Tartu Natural History Museum)

  Session 1. Citizen Science in Estonia
11:10 - 11:30

People for science, science for people. Citizen science practices in Estonia.

Veljo Runnel (University of Tartu Natural History Museum)

11:30 - 12:00

Collecting biodiversity data from citizens.

Reigo Roasto (Estonian Environmental Agency)

12:00 - 12:30

Birds, bees and garden wildlife: lessons learned from citizen science projects in Estonia.

Meelis Uustal (Estonian Ornithological Society, Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre)

12:30 - 13:00

Case study: birdwatchers with the mission - “Grey partridge: Bird of the year 2013".

Riho Marja (Estonian Ornithological Society)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  Session 2. Best practice in Europe.
14:00 - 14:30

Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility development in light of Citizen Science.

Kari Lahti, (Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility)

14:30 - 15:00

Artobservsjoner - species observation reporting platform for Norway.

Nils Valland (Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre)

15:00 - 15:30

Working with volunteers for botanical survey (Botanical Society of the British Isles).

Quentin Groom (Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium)

15:30 - 16:00

Using mobile application for butterfly research.

Israel Peer (GlueCAD)

16:00 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:30 Guided tour in Natural History Museum

Tuesday, 28th June (9:00 - 15:00)

  Session 1. How to make the most of citizen science.
9:00 - 9:30

European Citizen Science Association - How ECSA can help in improving citizen science biodiversity data.

Jaume Piera (Spanish National Research Council)

9:30 - 10:00

EU BON Citizen Science gateway - first steps to begin a project

Veljo Runnel, Antonio Garcia Camacho (Spanish Council for Scientific Research)

10:00 - 10:15  Coffee break
10:15  - 12:00

PlutoF citizen science project management tool (observations, specimen collections etc).

Allan Zirk, Kessy Abarenkov, Veljo Runnel (University of Tartu Natural History Museum).

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  Session 2. World cafe - working with white paper on citizen science recommendationsБ
13:00 - 15:00

Needs of CS community and biodiversity research, developments of EU BON data mobilisation tools, policy recommendations. Interactive group discussion, input to EU BON white paper on CS recommendations. Wrap up of workshop.


Wednesday, 29th June: optional activity mini-Bioblitz.

Workshop participants are encouraged also to stay and take part in mini-Bioblitz in Tartu during Tartu Nature Festival or help organizers with plant or animal determination during the event.

For more information please contact directly Veljo Runnel (

Workshop participation is free but travel, accommodation and meals are covered by participants themselves. Coffee and lunches will be provided by the organizer.


The registration is closed!

We apologize for early closing of registration. Because of great interest to the workshop the maximum number of participants is already reached.


Recommended accommodation: hotel Dorpat, price for workshop participants:

single standard -  59 EUR

twin/dbl standard - 74 EUR

For the discount you should contact the hotel per email or phone and use the code "EU BON".

Hotel Dorpat

Soola 6, 51014 Tartu, Eesti

Tel: +372 7337 180



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Start date: 

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 11:00

End date: 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 17:30