Earlier this month, members of the MICS team attended the biennial conferences of the European Citizen Science Association [ECSA Conference 2020]. The event was due to be held in Trieste, Italy but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the conference was instead held online. The upside to the new virtual format was that many international colleagues from outside the European Union could join the conference without the need for travel including two members of the MICS advisory board, Anne Bowser and Jessie Oliver. In total, there were over 500 registered participants and almost 200 speakers.
During the conference, Luigi Ceccaroni presented the MICS project in a session on evaluation in citizen science. The project was warmly received and several new project coordinators were recruited as beta-testers for our MICSLab initiative [https://mics.tools/lab]. There were also presentations from other members of the MICS team: Uta Wehn presented the WeObserve community of practice on impact, Mohammad Gharesifard presented findings from the Ground Truth 2.0 project about the importance of context in community-based citizen science initiatives, and Bruna Gumiero presented a case study of a citizen science project monitoring nutrient concentrations and E. coli in Bologna.
Our thanks to the ECSA committee and the conference organisers. It was a great opportunity to hear from other citizen science projects and the MICS team have learned a lot. Hopefully, by the time of the next ECSA conference in 2022 the MICS tools will have been launched and will be the talk of the conference!
If you missed the conference this year, but would be interested in joining the European citizen science community you can find more about membership to ECSA here: https://ecsa.citizen-science.net/members/