Confirmed plenary speakers

Anna Panagopoulou

Ms Anna Panagopoulou joined the European Commission from the private sector in 1997. Between 1999 and 2009, she was policy officer in DG MOVE/ENER, where she worked on EU transport and energy infrastructure policy, research policy, and international cooperation. She then joined the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), initially as Head of Unit and, from 2014, as Head of Department for Programme Support and Resources. Since July 2016, she has been the Director of the Common Implementation Centre in DG Research and Innovation. The directorate designs the strategy and provides the framework for coherent and simplified implementation of the EU R&I programmes. It provides comprehensive services and advice on legal, audit, business process and IT issues. As the one-stop-shop for data, reporting, and monitoring of the framework programmes, it provides knowledge to support policy-making and to stimulate the exploitation of results. Recently she also undertook the responsibility as acting Director of DG R&I Directorate G “Research and Innovation Outreach”. Directorate G reinforces at crosscutting level the engagement with citizens & society, with academic and research organisations and with research and industrial infrastructures. It helps to ensure that researchers, knowledge and technology circulate freely within a revitalised and reinforced European Research Area (ERA), which generates investment, national reforms and EU policies to create critical mass within a coherent R&I policy framework.

Jillian Campbell

Jillian Campbell led the statistical work at UNEP from 2015-2020. This included leading the methodological work on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators under UN Environment custodianship and coordinating global capacity building activities related to SDG indicators and environment statistics. She was also responsible for identification of opportunities to use new data sources (citizen science data, satellite data, etc.) to better understand the environment and environment change, and for promoting the use of environmental data and information for analysis and for strengthening of the science-policy interface for the environment and building a digital ecosystem for the environment. In July 2020, Jillian joined the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and is now working to apply a similar approach to monitoring the post 2020 global biodiversity framework.
Before joining UN Environment (UNEP) in 2015 she was Programme Officer and Statistician at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (UN ESCAP) based in Bangkok (Thailand) and in Suva (Fiji) where she worked on environment statistics and environmental-economic accounting, her work at UN ESCAP included designing and implementing capacity building activities with a focus on the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) and managing the production of the ESCAP Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific. Prior to her work in the Asia-Pacific region she was based in the UN Statistics Division of DESA in New York where she worked on economic statistics and national accounts.

Josep Perelló

PhD in Physics, Associate Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona and researcher at UB Institute of Complex Systems. In 2013, he founded OpenSystems, a research group that runs scientific research based on citizen participation and artistic practices and under the broad label of Citizen Social Science. He is currently coordinating the EU H2020 project Collective Design of Citizen Social Science for Collective Action (CoAct) which proposes a new approach to face social global concerns related to mental health care, youth employment, environmental justice and gender equality by engaging citizens as co-researchers. CoAct approach represents a new understanding of the underexplored field of Citizen Social Science (CSS), understood here as participatory research co-designed and directly driven by citizen groups sharing a social concern. Besides CoAct, his primary focus is analyzing human behaviour in urban contexts in a participatory manner: from climate justice to gender violences or human mobility. Aiming to collectively respond to specific social concerns, OpenSystems has run more than 15 public experiments with more than 2,500 participants. Most of them were done in collaboration with public administrations in a regional or municipal levels. He has been coordinating Barcelona Citizen Science Office (until 2018, and founder in 2013), an initiative of the Barcelona City Council, that works as a community of practice of a large number of projects and implements specific programmes in civic centres, primary schools as well as high schools.

Muki Haklay

Muki Haklay is a Professor of Geographic Information Science at University College London (UCL). He is the founder and Co-director of the UCL Extreme Citizen Science group, which is dedicated to the development of technologies and methodologies to allow any community, regardless of their literacy, to use scientific methods and tools to collect, analyse, interpret and use information about their area and activities. The group has developed a range of technologies that can be used for participatory science and mapping, including the Sapelli data collection suite, and the GeoKey framework for the capture and management of participatory mapping information. In addition he is co-founder and director of the social enterprise ‘Mapping for Change’, which provides services in participatory mapping and citizen science. He was an inaugural board member of the Citizen Science Association, and is the co-vice chair of the European Citizen Science Association. He has extensive experience in citizen science projects, including EveryAware (FP7 FET), Citizen Cyberlab (FP7 ICT), WeGovNow! (H2020 CAPS),  Doing It Together Science and EU-Citizen.Science (H2020 SwafS), and ECSAnVis (ERC Advanced Grant).

Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou

Thomas Mboa is a researcher in Information and Communication, with interest in the Maker Movement, social Innovation, Open science and Scholarly Communication. He is currently at Queen Elizabeth II Fellow with OpenAIR at University of Ottawa. Thomas Mboa is deeply engaged to promote DIYbio and democratise Biotechnology in Africa. His work with DIYBio is visible through his own biohackerspace in Cameroon: the Mboalab, which is part of the Open Bioeconomy Lab. He also operates through the Africa Open Science & Hardware network which he co-leads. He is also the President of APSOHA (Association for the Promotion of Open Science in Haiti and Africa).

Welcoming words by

Michael Meister

Michael Meister holds a doctorate in mathematics and has been a member of the German parliament, the Bundestag, since 1994. From 2002 to 2004 he was chairman of the finance working group of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag. Subsequently, until the end of 2013, he served as deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, where his responsibilities included fiscal and budgetary policy. From December 2013 to March 2018 he was State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance. Since March 2018, Meister has held the position of State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.