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CONFERENCE on CITIZENS OBSERVATORIES: EMPOWERING EUROPEAN SOCIETY

4 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium

The conference's main objective was to raise awareness about the Citizens’ Observatories concept and present the first outcomes of the five Citizens Observatories projects after two years of work.
The conference aimed at setting the scene and providing a forum for discussion about the role and opportunities for active citizen participation in environmental monitoring and policy making. The event provided opportunities to engage with experts and practitioners working across a range of European citizen science initiatives and policy making bodies, with two round tables addressing  the concept of Citizens’ Observatories from a strategic as well as from a technical point of view.

The discussions held at the conference shown that Citizens' Observatories have a great potential to complement in-situ observation networks with novel Earth observations and ICT techniques, involving citizens in environmental monitoring using their own portable devices or do-it-yourself sensors. Thanks to the vast array of ubiquitous information and data they can provide, Citizens’ Observatories can allow authorities to obtain evidence and inform policy making, while providing citizens with opportunities to address environmental issues affecting them at different scales and to influence decision making.

Agenda, summary and presentations of the conference are available below.


Building the bioeconomy – creating impact through communication

2-3 December 2014, Brussels

Research must deliver its promise through a better outreach. CommNet, the network to communicate the bioeconomy, will join researchers from the fields of food, agriculture, biotechnology with policy makers, technology transfer experts and specialists in communication to show and debate the communication challenges.

 

Best projects will receive Communication Impact Awards. Target audience: researchers, industry, communication officers, policy makers, technology transfer experts, journalists, PR specialists

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BioFIT (Fostering Innovation and Transfer)

2-3 December 2014, Lille, France

BioFIT aims at stimulating and facilitating technology transfer and collaborative projects between academic institutions, pharma/biotech industry, together with other practitioners in the Life Sciences field.

BioFIT is an ideally configured event featuring: • Partnering with qualified and pre-screened one-to-one meetings • Conferences to explore hands-on approaches to tech transfer and Open Innovation • Presenting technologies, licensing opportunities

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Workshop on Citizens Observatories Projects

3 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research & Innovation and the European Union-funded Citizens’ Observatories projects organised the Second Citizens’ Observatories Technical Workshop.

The Citizens' Observatories projects aim at developing novel technologies and applications in the domain of Earth observation, trying to exploit the capabilities offered by portable devices (smartphones, tablets) and the collective intelligence available through social media streams (such as Facebook or Twitter), to enable an effective participation by citizens in environmental stewardship based on broad stakeholder and user involvement in support of both community and policy priorities.
Five Citizens Observatories projects have been funded under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (FP7), as a response to the topic  "Developing community-based environmental monitoring and information systems using innovative and novel Earth observation applications".

While each project has its own objectives and work plan, they are collaborating together through a coordinating mechanism, sharing information and best practices. A common website for the cluster of projects has been setup on www.citizen-obs.eu, which contains links to each project's websites as well as common presentations, brochures and news from the projects.

The main goal of this workshop was to share and discuss the progress made by each project in the first two years of work. Two parallel sessions were organised to analyse the differences and commonalities in the approaches followed by the projects in the domains of data management (including data curation, data privacy and GEOSS interoperability) and citizens' engagement strategies (especially in the pilot areas covered by the projects). A final round table explored anumber of aspects for cross-project collaboration such as standardisation, best practices, sustainability strategies or business models of the Citizens Observatories.


International Year of Family Farming: lessons learnt and post-2014 priorities

2 December 2014, Brussels

Cirad, a French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, organises once per year an after work meeting bringing together EU officials, researchers and other stakeholders to share views and reflect on agricultural research and global challenges.


The 2014 edition is dedicated to "The International Year of Family Farming: lessons learnt and post-2014 priorities". 

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