We are looking forward to inspiring talks by our keynote speakers.


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Shannon Dosemagen (USA)

Shannon is Executive Director of the Public Lab nonprofit. With over fifteen years of experience in community organizing and education, Shannon has worked with environment and public health groups addressing declining freshwater resources, coastal land loss and building participatory monitoring programs with communities neighboring industrial facilities and impacted by the BP oil spill.
She is acting Vice Chair of the [U.S. EPA] National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology, Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Citizen Science Association, a co-organizer for the Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH), a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Environment and serves on advisory boards, councils or working groups for the National Parks Conservation Association, the Louisiana Public Health Institute, the Louisiana Bar Association and the Citizen Science Association. Shannon is an Ashoka Fellow, a 2015-16 Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society Fellow and a current Research Affiliate, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a 2012 Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communications Fellow. Shannon can be found on Twitter at @sdosemagen.

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Bruno Strasser (CH)

Bruno J. Strasser is a historian investigating the shifting relations between science and society. He leads a research team working on “The Rise of the Citizen Sciences: Rethinking Science and Public Participation.” After much exploration, he is no longer sure there is such a thing as citizen science (despite there being conferences devoted to it ). His second book, “Collecting Experiments: Making Big Data Biology”, will be coming out with Chicago University Press in 2019.
He is full professor at the University of Geneva, adjunct professor at Yale University, and member of more committees than he would like. He has been a visiting fellow at Princeton University, the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and a visiting professor at the University of Manchester and Autonomous University of Barcelona, and been in many other places where academics tend to go. He is founder and director of an outreach laboratory, the Bioscope which organizes citizen science projects on biodiversity, and offers critical workshops on genetics, neuroscience, and sexual health. He enjoys good food and good conversations, running and mountaineering, and thinking about how to make the world a better biking place.

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Prior to her current roles as Professor at the University College of London and as Research Director at the Maasai Mara University, Kenya, Jacqueline McGlade was the UN Environment’s Chief Scientist, Director of Science and Chief Statistician, leading on climate change and ecosystem modelling, environmental monitoring and indicators and assessments for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. Before this, she was Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, Director of the UK Centre for Coastal and Marine Sciences, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick, Director of Theoretical Ecology at the FZ Jülich and Senior Scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in the Federal Government of Canada. She is a Fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Society for Arts and Manufacturing, and a Knight of the Order of St James (Monaco) for services to marine sciences. She is the recipient of a number of honours and prizes for her research and work, especially on citizen science, ecology and spatial data and information. She holds a number of key advisory roles including for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, China Council, and the European Space Agency.

Alexandre CaldasAlexandre Caldas (PRT)

Alexandre Caldas is currently Director D1 at the United Nations Organisation, as Chief of Country Outreach, Technology and Innovation, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He was previously International Relations Advisor at the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Education and Science in Lisbon, Portugal (Delegate for Europe-Africa Cooperation in Science and Technology and Delegate for the NATO Peace and Security Programme). Professor Alexandre Caldas has more than 20 years experience in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. 
Alexandre is an economist, has a PhD in Science and Technology Policy, is Associate Professor of information science and technology policy at University Lusophone of Humanities and Technology and since 2011 a member of the Scientific Council and Fellow at the Research Centre for History and Science, Portugal.



Sami KanaanSami Kanaan (CH)

Representative of the City of Geneva
Administrative adviser for the Culture and Sports Department of the City of Geneva

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