European Citizen Science Association
Katrin Vohland is director of the research department “Public Engagement with Science” at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research. Germany. Her main research interest is in the interface between science – especially biodiversity science – and different public audiences. She is active in the German Network for Biodiversity Research (NeFo) and investigates how scientific knowledge can be mainstreamed into policies as in the case of IPBES (Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). As another pathway to intensify science-–society interactions, Katrin is very active in developing citizen science as an integrative approach in Germany and Europe.
She initiated the German citizen science platform including the development of quality criteria, she is chair of the European scientific network of the COST Action “Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe“, and she is vice-chair of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) which promotes and conducts citizen science. In this function she is happy to support the InSPIRES project to experiment with new methodologies to expand participatory research and innovation in Europe with her advice and networks.