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Workshop 2: Statistical toolbox to analyze citizen science data

Short titel:

CS toolbox

Lecturers:

• Lionel Hertzog, Thünen Institut for Biodiversity, Bundesallee 68, 38116 Braunschweig, DE, lionel.hertzog@thuenen.de
• Diana Bowler, German Centre for Integrative Diversity (iDiv), Deutscher Platz 5e, 04103 Leipzig, DE, diana.bowler@idiv.de
• Swantje Löbel, Insitute for Geoecology, Department Landscape Ecology and Environmental Systems Analysis, TU Braunschweig, Langer Kamp 19c, 38106 Braunschweig, s.loebel@tu-braunschweig.de

Duration:

8 hours

Date/Time:

Sunday 13.09.2020, Time 9:30 – 17:30

Costs:

30 €

Maximum number of participants:

20

Course content:

The majority of biodiversity monitoring data is from Citizen Science (CS) programs. CS provide a diverse range of opportunities to study biodiversity change at large spatial scales and over long time-scales. Data from CS programs are also increasingly available with cultural shift to open data and science.

In this workshop we will consider the challenges of different types of CS data ranging from structured, semi-structured and opportunistic data. We will especially focus on accounting for biases (such as spatial) and heterogeneity in observational and sampling processes.

We will mostly focus in bayesian techniques, which are most adaptable to complex scenario. Techniques for different types of CS data will be covered such as:

• Structured dataset, monitoring data collected following a protocol with fixed sampling location and effort
• Semi-structured, all monitoring observations during a certain period recorded, observer choose sampling location and record effort (i.e. eBird complete checklists)
• Opportunistic, observer report only some observations, sampling effort varies across space and time, and among recorders (i.e. GBIF)

Data integration across these different types of dataset will also be covered. Workshop participants will be asked, ahead of the workshop, to provide their main interests so that models covered during the workshop will address participants needs.

We will use combination of stats tools: base R, JAGS, Stan and INLA with practical examples based on open data.

The course is targeted towards ecologists that:
• have experience using R
• have basic knowledge of Generalized Linear Mixed effect Models
• are working (or planning to work) with CS data

Requirements:

Please bring your own laptop, a list of required packages to install ahead of the workshop will be sent shortly before the workshop. All code and learning materials will be deposited in an open online repository.
Workshop 3: Plant (re)introductions in a changing world

Short titel:

Plant (re)introductions

Lecturers:

• Dr. Anna Bucharova, Institute of Landscape Ecology, Heisenbergerstr. 2, 48149, Münster, Germany, +49(0)251-83 39 766, anna.lampei-bucharova@wwu.de
• Dr. Anne Kempel, Institute of Plant Science, Altenbergrain 21, 3013 Bern, Switzerland, +41 (0)31 631 4934, anne.kempel@ips.unibe.ch

Duration:

1.5 days

Date/Time:

Sunday 13.09.2019, Time 9:30 – 17:30
Monday 14.09.2019, Time 9:30-12:30

Costs:

55 €

Maximum number of participants:

25

Course content:

Plant (re)introductions can have various forms, ranging from the reintroduction of rare species to the large-scale planting of foundation species within ecosystem restoration. Reintroductions may be motivated by the ethical responsibility to prevent extinction of a species, the need to support rare ecosystem functions or, in the case of ecosystem restoration, the practical necessity to re-establish ecosystems that provide basic ecosystem services. In any case, the goal of all plant reintroduction is to establish self-sustaining populations of the target species.

With ongoing climate change, plant reintroductions face new challenges, and practices used today may not be suitable in the future. For example, local populations and local species have been considered the best source of plant material for plant (re)introduction and restoration, and this is likely the prevailing opinion among practitioners in Central Europe. The motivation behind the choice of local material are ethical, as we aim to protect the regional gene pool, and practical, as we expect local populations and species to be best adapted to local environmental conditions. With ongoing climate change, we may consider changing the canon of using plants from local populations because local adaptation may become less relevant, and other types of sources may provide better reintroduction and restoration success. Yet, using non-local genotypes will threaten local gene pools. In extreme cases, the protection of threatened species may require the translocation of rare species beyond their natural range to help them track their climate envelopes, and the best restoration success may be achieved with species that currently do not grow in a given region. Such practices are controversial and raise many scientific and ethical questions.

In this workshop, we will discuss the challenges of plant (re)introductions in a changing climate in a European context. We will identify key challenges and possible solutions while taking into account both ethical and practical aspects of plant (re)introductions. We will then group these challenges to several topics and work in small groups to review and summarize scientific evidence. The final product of the workshop will be a synthesis manuscript for publication in a scientific outlet, as well as a German version for publication in a German language outlet targeting practitioners and policy makers.

The course is targeted towards ecologists that:
• work with the (re)introduction of endangered species, the restoration of ecosystems, or the effect of climate change on plant populations (or related fields)

Requirements:

Participants should bring their laptop to be able to do literature review and to work in small groups. Please apply to this workshop with a short description of your research and a few lines about your motivation to participate in the workshop (max. half a page).
Workshop 4: Research Data Management with GFBio – Plan, Reuse, Publish

Short titel:

The 101 of data management with GFBio

Lecturers:

• Tina Astor, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, Papendiek 14, 37073 Göttingen, DE, 0049 551 39-25770, astor@sub.uni-goettingen.de
• Judith Weber, MARUM- Universität Bremen, Leobener Str. 2, 28359 Bremen, 0049 421 218-65581, Judith.Weber@uni-bremen.de

Duration:

3 hours

Date/Time:

During the conference. Details to be announced.

Costs:

No Costs

Maximum number of participants:

25

Course content:

Ecological questions and data needed to answer those questions are becoming more and more complex. This leads to large amounts of data collected during individual research projects and the need to integrate heterogeneous data from various sources to recognize patterns on a large scale. The so-called FAIR principles (Finable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable; www.force11.org/group/fairgroup/fairprinciples) have been established as a concept defining general principles research data should meet to enable their sustainable reuse. These principles should be considered along the entire life cycle of data, from their production to their processing, archival and publication.

GFBio is the DFG-funded expert network for research data management in biodiversity, ecology, and environmental sciences. Since 2013, we have been providing individual support with the aim of preventing data loss, enabling researchers to easily archive and publish data in the associated data centers, and simplifying the retrieval and integration of ecologically relevant data.

The proposed workshop will consist of hands-on exercises addressing GFBio’s services for central aspects of data management along the data life cycle. First of all, data management makes the life of any researcher collecting data easier. One part of the workshop will therefore focus on the “first step” in the data life cycle – planning. Using GFBio´s data management plan tool, the participants will get familiar with the key questions in a data management plan that complies with the DFG Guidelines on Handling Research Data in Biodiversity Research. They will be able to apply it to their own current or future research projects. Along that line, we will introduce best-practices for the creation of metadata and give an overview of GFBio tools. Another important aspect of FAIR data management is the ability to reuse and efficiently integrate already published data for the generation of novel hypotheses. Using the VAT (Visualization, Analysis and Transformation) tool, participants will get hands on experience on the possibilities arising from well-described, standardized data, and learn how to use the VAT tool for visualization and further analysis. The two active parts of the workshop will be concluded with a short discussion on the possibilities arising from a journal and paper independent publication on research data.

The course is targeted towards ecologists that:
• Find themselves under a pile of heterogeneous research data
• Want to learn how to write DFG-conform data management plans
• Want to get familiar with data management best practices
• Want to explore, analyze and visualize research data

Requirements:

Please bring an own laptop. This is essential to participate.
Workshop 5: Citizen Science Dialog-Workshop – Vom Grün- zum Weißbuch: Citizen Science Strategie 2020 für Deutschland

Short titel:

Citizen Science - Vom Grün- zum Weißbuch

Lecturers:

• Susanne Hecker, Aletta Bonn, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ | Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig | Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena susanne.hecker@idiv.de | aletta.bonn@idiv.de

Duration:

2 hours

Date/Time:

During main conference (Date will be set by conference organizers)

Costs:

No Costs

Maximum number of participants:

n.a.

Course content:

Der Workshop startet mit kurzen Impulsvorträgen zu Citizen Science & Innovation in Wissenschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft. Anschließend werden im World Café-Format die Handlungsfelder des Grünbuchs Citizen Science Strategie für Deutschland 2020 in verschiedenen Sessions evaluiert und Handlungsbedarf für Citizen Science aus Sicht der GfÖ-Community identifiziert.

Der Launch des Grünbuchs Citizen Science Strategie 2020 für Deutschland stellte das Produkt eines zweijährigen Prozesses in Deutschland vor, bei dem Stakeholder aus Wissenschaft, Verbänden, Gesellschaft und Politik über Status Quo und Bedarfe zu Citizen Science intensiv diskutiert haben. Seitdem ist viel passiert und die Citizen Science Community ist gewachsen. Unter anderem hat das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung zwei Förderrichtlinien für Citizen Science veröffentlicht, es gibt weitere Förderprogramme, z.B. von der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, und die Plattform Bürger schaffen Wissen verzeichnet mittlerweile 110 Projekte.

Im Jahr 2020 evaluieren wir nun, inwieweit die Entwicklung von Citizen Science von einer Absichtserklärung hin zur Implementation stattgefunden hat. Was ist bisher geschehen, wo haben sich Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen aufgetan, welche neuen Aspekte sind hinzugekommen und welche Felder haben sich etabliert? Dieser GfÖ Workshop bietet die Möglichkeit für Input der wissenschaftlichen Community im Bereich Biodiversität, Naturschutz und Monitoring. Die Ergebnisse und die Expertise dieses Workshops werden in den übergeordneten Prozess der Evaluierung des Grünbuchs und einer Roadmap für die Entwicklung eines Weißbuchs Citizen Science Deutschland einfließen.

0.00 Willkommen & Citizen Science Strategie 2020 für Deutschland
Aletta Bonn & Susanne Hecker
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ / Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) / FSU Jena
Plenary
0.10 Blitzlicht: Citizen Science & Wissenschaftliche Innovation
Anett Richter
Thünen Institut, Braunschweig
Plenary
0.15 Blitzlicht: Citizen Science & Politische Innovation
Tumbrinck, BMU
Plenary
0.20 Kurze Rückfragen
0.30-1.50 Science-Policy Workshop
World Café (1h 20 min) Sessions an 6-10 Tischen, zum Austausch mit Workshop Teilnehmenden (max 10 an jedem Tisch), wobei eingeladene Referenten und weitere Gäste aus Politik und Praxis die 10 Punkte aus der Citizen Science-Strategie mit Teilnehmenden diskutieren. Themen:

Strukturen und Rahmenbedingungen
  • Vernetzung und Austausch
  • Ausbau und Etablierung von Förderinstrumenten
  • Stärkung der Ausbildung in Citizen Science und Ehrenamtsmanagement
  • Ausbau der Synergien mit der Wissenschaftskommunikation
  • Anerkennungskultur von Citizen Science in Gesellschaft und Wissenschaft
  • Aufbau von Strukturen für die Gewährleistung von Datenqualität und Datenmanagement
  • Rechtliche und ethischer Rahmenbedingungen für Citizen Science
Integration in bestehende Konzepte
  • Einbeziehung von Citizen Science in wissenschaftliche Prozesse
  • Integration von Citizen Science in Bildungskonzepte
  • Integration von Citizen-Science-Ergebnissen in Entscheidungsprozesse
Workshop-Raum mit 6-10 großen Tischen oder Stellwänden
1.50-2.00 Kurzes Abschluss Plenum
Ausblick & Farewell
Workshop-Raum

The workshop is targeted towards ecologists that:

• Alle, die an der wissenschaftspolitischen Entwicklung von Citizen Science interessiert sind
• Alle, die ihre Erfahrungen aus ökologischer Sicht und Wünsche an Citizen Science einbringen wollen

Requirements:

Kenntnisse der Handlungsfelder des Grünbuchs Citizen Science sind von Vorteil.
Das Grünbuch kann auf der Webseite von Bürger schaffen Wissen heruntergeladen werden:
https://www.buergerschaffenwissen.de/sites/default/files/grid/2017/11/20/gewiss-gruenbuch_citizen_science_strategie.pdf