Step Change at the ECSA Conference

With citizen science, we can do it together

Section: Technology and Knowledge

Date: 3. - 6. April 2024

The Step Change project announces its participation in the 5th European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) conference, which will be held in Vienna, Austria, in April 2024.

Focusing on the “Change” theme, this year’s ECSA conference promises to delve into the realms of active and transformative change, spotlighting evolving citizen science practices across diverse disciplines. The alignment of this theme with the ethos of the Step Change Project underscores the significance of the upcoming event.

The Step Change team will converge in Vienna to showcase key project results and accomplishments accumulated over the past four years. Attendees can expect insightful presentations through our poster exhibition and our dedicated focus event:

“Taking Citizen Science in a New Direction, One Step at a Time!”

Here, we will be taking a deep dive into the role current and future role citizen science can and should play in driving more societally aware research, where science is done for and with the community they serve, and to promote positive policy change and decision-making. This session will include activities that will allow participants and Step Change partners to contribute to discussions on the role of citizen science in health, energy and environmental research, as well as the real-life opportunities and synergies that can be created when we take a cooperative research approach.

Moreover, the Step Change Project is honoured to host two distinguished keynote speakers:

Prof. Vittorio Colizzi, MD, PhD, renowned specialist in Clinical Infectious Diseases (University of Rome Sapienza) and Hygiene and Public Health (University of Pisa), formerly serving as Full Professor of Immunology and Director of the UNESCO Chair in Biotechnology & Bioethics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Agnes Mirembe, Executive Director of Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE) in Kampala, Uganda, and esteemed contributor to Step Change.

Attendees can anticipate informative sessions and interactive activities designed to showcase the Step Change Project’s impactful work and inspire involvement in citizen science endeavours close to their hearts.

5 April 2024: The Step Change team would like to extend a very warm invitation to join us for our Focus event to share your experiences and expertise in the field of citizen science, and to discuss with us what the future looks like for participatory science may look like
6 April 2024: the Step Change team will extend its presence to the Citizen Science Day at the Vienna Museum of National History on 6 April. At the Citizen Science Festival, Step Change will have the honour of being amongst just some of the fantastic citizen science projects happening across Europe and beyond, surrounded by the history and culture of Austria in the beautiful Vienna Museum of National History.

Please find the full press release attached.

Type: Event organised by other institutions

Organizer: ECSA / Step Change consortium

Location: Wien

Website: ... onference/

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