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Citizen Cyberscience


April 22nd and 23rd, 2013

Responsable de l'activité

Prof. Bastien Chopard


Bastien Chopard, Prof. Université de Genève


Prof. François Grey, Distributed Scientific Computing, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and Coordinator of Citizen Cyberscience Centre, Geneva

Dr Daniel Lombrana Gonzalez, Citizen Cyberscience Centre

Dr Laure Kloetzer, UNIGE

Dr. David Aanensen and Christopher Powell, Imperial College, London

Dr. Peter Skands, Dr. Ben Segal and Dr. Ioannis Charalampidis, CERN


Before there were professional scientists, all scientists were amateurs. But during the 20th century, the role of amateurs rapidly diminished. And with a few notable exceptions in fields like astronomy and archaeology, amateurs have had little chance to make a contribution to cutting-edge research. In the past decade, the Internet has begun to disrupt the 20th century model of professional science. Citizens can now make real contributions to cutting-edge science projects that involve studying everything from pulsars to proteins, using their PCs, laptops or mobile phones. This is an emerging and rapidly evolving trend called citizen cyberscience.

This course introduces in a hands-on way a variety of approaches to doing citizen cyberscience, including volunteer computing, volunteer thinking and volunteer sensing. It explores the contributions and the motivations of the volunteers who participate in such projects, as well as the sort of scientific and social impact that these projects are having. As part of the course, the goal for the students will be to work in teams to design and implement a first prototype of a citizen cyberscience project. This team activity will be based on a hackfest format used successfully by the Citizen Cyberscience Centre in several other contexts.

The event is in collaboration with and partially supported by the EC Citizen Cyberab project and the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Format: Lectures + Hands-on Learning + Hackfest

Detailed Program

Monday 22

9:30 Registration and coffee

10:00: Introduction to Citizen Cyberscience at UNIGE: Bastien Chopard and Christian Pellegrini, UNIGE

10:30: Citizen Science Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Francois Grey, Citizen Cyberscience Centre

11:30: Learning in Citizen Science: Laure Kloetzer, UNIGE

12:00 Lunch

14:00 Epicollect for citizen science on smart phones, Dr. David Aanensen and Christopher Powell, Imperial College, London

15:00 Crowdcrafting for volunteer thinking, Daniel Lombrana Gonzalez, Citizen Cyberscience Centre

16:00 Coffee Break

17:00 CernVM for volunteer cloud computing,  Dr. Peter Skands and Dr. Ben Segal, CERN

18:00 End of session


Tuesday 23

9:30 Coffee

10:00 Project pitches by Workshop participants

11:00 Team formation, Planning session

12:00 Lunch

14:00 Project Design and Prototyping

17:30 Project Roundup

18:00 End of Workshop


Université de Genève, Campus Battelle (Route de Drize 7, Carouge), Building D, auditoire D185, 9h30.




Université de Genève, Campus Battelle (Route de Drize 7, Carouge), Building D, auditoire D185, 9h30.



Deadline for registration 21.04.2013
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