• Location:   Online

The OTTERS project promotes societal transformation for marine and freshwater stewardship through scaling up citizen science, and supports the coordination of citizen science initiatives focused on water. This workshop focuses on legal issues around water-based citizen science and engagement (including GDPR and citizens’ privacy). 

Key topics of discussion will be:

  1. Data protection and privacy risks and challenges, with respect to marine and freshwater related citizen science piloting.
  2. Autonomy, dignity, informed consent, trust, asymmetries of power, fairness, gendered innovation, equity and direct or indirect discrimination.
  3. The cross-border character of the OTTERS project.
  4. Applicable or emerging legislation and anticipatory compliance requirements.


Introduction - 5 mins

Presentation on key legal considerations in marine/freshwater, in relation to the Water Framework Directive (WFD) & Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), 15 mins - Professor Georgios Sylaios (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)

Presentation on practical legal concerns when carrying out citizen science campaigns, 10 mins - Zoi Konstantinou (European Commission DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries / Digital Twin Ocean)

Presentation on data protection and management in water-based citizen science, 15 mins

Co-creation workshop on the legal recommendation/guidance for citizen science projects in marine and freshwater domains, 45 mins


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