Past events

International Citizen Science Workshop

Biodiversity research for and by citizens in Eastern Europe - tools, information services and public engagement 27.-28. June 2016

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

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 is 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 for citizen scientists.

Workshop will present EUBON 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.

Monday, 27 June 11:00-17:30

10:30-11:00 Registration, coffee

11:00-11:10 Welcome. 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. Quentin Groom (Botanical Society of the British Isles)
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, 28 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 EUBON Citizen Science gateway - first steps to begin a project (Veljo Runnel, Antonio Garcia Camacho)

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 recommendations
13:00-15:00 Needs of CS community and biodiversity research, developments of EUBON data mobilisation tools, policy recommendations. Interactive group discussion, input to EUBON white paper on CS recommendations. Wrap up of workshop

Wednesday, 29 June

Optional activity: Mini-Bioblitz

Workshop participants are encouraged also to stay for 29 June 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 with Veljo Runnel (

Participation fee

Workshop participation, coffee breaks and lunch during the workshop are free.

Travel and accommodation are covered by participants themselves.


Registration will be closed on 17 June.


We recommend hotel Dorpat for accommodation. Price for workshop participants: single standard - 59 EUR, twin/dbl standard - 74 EUR. For the discount you should contact the hotel per e-mail or phone and use the code "EU BON".

Contact: Hotel Dorpat
Soola 6, 51014 Tartu, Estonia
Phone +372 733 7180

Information about the workshop:
Veljo Runnel