If our societies are grounded on open and collaborative processes — where everyone plays a role in building a sustainable future — we can foster collective empowerment and innovation and contribute to the creation of more inclusive societies.

By enabling local communities from around the world to access, use and customize knowledge freely (Open Education) and by involving communities as active agents in the creation of scientific knowledge (Citizen Science), we can raise awareness of challenges and create innovative sustainable solutions with and for society.

StixCamp is a 4-day unconference-style workshop on Open Standards, hosted outside an urban area. The main aim of StixCamp 2017 is to reflect on and to discuss strategies - through Open Education and Citizen Science - that promote the participation and engagement of society in science, technology and education, namely those who live in less central locations.

To boost active participation and fruitful discussions, the workshop programme will consist of a few key talks with engaging speakers working in the areas of Open Education and Citizen Science. Group discussions will be facilitated informally in different unconference sessions throughout the workshopweek.

This year, the programme will also include the opening of the Open Science Centre – Portugal: Plataforma de Ciência Aberta, in Barca d’Alva. 

Download the poster and the flyer.

 

Previous StixCamps

The first StixCamp was organised in 2015, and was called Using Open Standards in Science, Technology, Education and Culture. During StixCamp 2015, workshop participants provided valuable input into the development of the Open Science Centre project, which we are launching this year, on 7 July 2017. (Site/Poster/Flyer)

Programme

6 July

Location: Pavilhão Multiusos (Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo)

14:00

Welcome Session  

14:45
  • Fermin Serrano Sanz (IBERCIVIS/SOCIENTIZE, ES): Holistic Review of Citizen Science
  • Maria Zolotonosa (ECSITE, BE): Sparks project: lighting up science and society relationships
  • 16:00 Break
    16:30 Unconference sessions I
    18:30 Open session for the community: Um copo com Ciência (Speed Dating) (info)
    20:30 Workshop dinner (info/registration)

    7 July

    Location: Auditório da Casa da Cultura (Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo) [session in portuguese]

    11:00
  • Pedro Russo (Host, Leiden University, NL): Science & Technology for Local Communities
  • Tiago Pedras (The New Digital School, PT): Disrupting Education thinking
  • Jos van den Broek ( Leiden University, NL): Education & Science & MakerSpace
  • 12:30 Lunch
    14:30 Visit to Barca d'Alva
     16:00 Opening PCA - OSC - PT & Exhibition (info)
    (Plataforma de Ciência Aberta (Barca D'Alva))
    16:45 Exhibition Tour by Patrícia Garcia-Pereira (CE3C-UL)
    17:30 Open Science & Local Communities Panel Discussion (Maria Fernanda Rollo, Secretary of State of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portuguese Government; Pedro Pombo, Director, Fábrica Centro Ciência Viva; Pedro Russo, Leiden University, the Netherlands)
      FREE / Cultural Afternoon (suggestion)

    8 July

    Location: Pavilhão Multiusos (Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo)

    9:30
  • Cristina Olivotto (Onl’Fait, CH): Make a city make (work in progress)
  • Tânia Reis / Selma Rocha (OpenIDEO, PT) : Working together, accepting challenges and seeking for global solutions through design
  • 10:45 Break
    11:00 Unconference session II & Working lunch
    13:30
  • Elizabete Marchante (CFE-UC, PT) / Hélia Marchante (CFE-UC, PT):  Using a citizen science platform to raise public awareness and map invasive plants in Portugal (Invasoras)
  • Patricia Tiago (CE3C-UL, PT) : And if suddenly we all become scientists: citizen science in Portugal and Europe and the BioDiversity4All project (Biodiversity4All)
  • 14:45 Unconference session III
      FREE / Cultural Afternoon (suggestion)

    9 July

    Location: Pavilhão Multiusos (Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo)

    9:30

    Closing Session 

    • Frederico Fezas (Changemaker Schools - Ashoka, PT): EACH - Everyone a Changemaker
    • Eduardo Dias (Geodan/Free University of Amsterdam, NL): What's so special about spatial? Education supported by geospatial technology: collected stories
    10:45 Break
    11:00 Unconference session IV
    12:30 Working lunch & Closing session, wrap-up from Unconference Sessions

     

    Additional Information

    What to expect?

    A truly engaging experience in Open Education and Citizen Science. This is not a typical conference: we will have a limited number of talks and the discussions will happen in an informal way through different unconference sessions. Participants will play an active role during the 4 days of the workshop through the different working sessions.

    Unconference Sessions

    As you may know, at an unconference some parts of the programme are created by the attendees. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a slot. The sessions should feature open discussions around a topic of the workshop rather than having a single speaker at the front of the room giving a talk, although any format is permitted. We will have specific slots for the unconference sessions, so start thinking about topics, projects and ideas that you would like to discuss during the workshop.

    Reading Material

    Check the following links and reading material about Open Education & Citizen Science:

    Registration & Participants

    Workshop participation is free and there is no registration fee. We are limited to maximum 50 participants and will allocate spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. It is expected that participants will actively contribute to the sessions over the 4 days. The language of the workshop will be in English. You can register here.

    The list of participants can be found here.

    Travel Information

    Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo is a town located in the North-East of Portugal, next to the border with Spain.

    How to reach

    Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo is best reached by Car:

    Lisboa <-> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (377 km - Google Maps)
    Porto <-> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (238 km - Google Maps)
    Salamanca <-> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (94 km - Google Maps)


    Train and Bus: 

    Lisboa <-> Guarda (TRAIN - CP / Timetables - CP)
    Guarda <-> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (BUS)  

    Examples/options (Recommended):
    1- Lisboa (Oriente Station - 8h39) -> Guarda (12h51) [TRAIN - CP] + Guarda (14h) -> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo/Escalhão (15h45) [BUS - TRANSDEV]  «Monday to Friday only, except holidays»
    2- Lisboa (Oriente Station - 13h39) -> Guarda (17h51) [TRAIN - CP] + Guarda (18h05) -> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (19h00) [BUS - CEGONHA]  «Only on Fridays and Sundays»
    3- Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (8h15) -> Guarda (10h10)  [BUS - TRANSDEV] + Guarda (13h08) -> Lisboa (Oriente Station - 17h22) [TRAIN - CP]  «Monday to Friday only, except holidays»
    4- Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (16h50) -> Guarda (18h00) [BUS - CEGONHA] + Guarda (18h09)  -> Lisboa (Oriente Station - 22h22) [TRAIN - CP]  «Only on Fridays and Sundays»  

    Porto > Pocinho (TRAIN - CP/Timetables - CP)
    Pocinho > Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (BUS)

    Examples/options (Recommended):
    1- Porto (Campanhã Station - 7h15) -> Pocinho (10h34) [TRAIN - CP] + Pocinho (10h34) -> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (13h) [BUS - LOPES & FILHOS]  «Monday to Friday only, except holidays»
    2- Porto (Campanhã Station - 15h15) -> Pocinho (18h46) [TRAIN - CP] + Pocinho (18h46) -> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (19h30) [BUS - LOPES & FILHOS]  «Only Mondays and Fridays (or Thursday if Friday is a holiday)»

    3- Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (8h40) -> Pocinho (11h19)  [BUS - LOPES & FILHOS] + Pocinho (11h19) -> Porto (Campanhã - 14h50) [TRAIN - CP] «Monday to Friday only, except holidays»
    4- Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (17h15) -> Pocinho (19h08)  [BUS - LOPES & FILHOS] + Pocinho (19h08) -> Porto (Campanhã - 23h50) [TRAIN - CP] «Only Mondays and Fridays (or Thursday if Friday is a holiday)»



    Bus:
    Lisboa <> Guarda (BUS) or Porto <> Guarda (BUS)    
    Guarda <> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (BUS)
    Examples/options (Recommended):
    1- Guarda (14h) -> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo/Escalhão (15h45) [BUS - TRANSDEV]  «Monday to Friday only, except holidays»
    2- Guarda (18h05) -> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (19h00) [BUS - CEGONHA]  «Only on Fridays and Sundays»
    3- Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (8h15) -> Guarda (10h10)  [BUS - TRANSDEV]  «Monday to Friday only, except holidays»
    4- Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (16h50) -> Guarda (18h00) [BUS - CEGONHA] «Only on Fridays and Sundays»  

    Vilar Formoso <> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (BUS)
    1- Vilar Formoso (Train Station) (18h) -> Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (19h) [BUS - TRANSDEV]  «Monday to Friday only, except holidays»
    2- Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (7h30)  -> Vilar Formoso (9h) [BUS - TRANSDEV]  «Monday to Friday only, except holidays»

    Accommodation

    See here.

    Contact

    For more information, please contact:

    Maria Vicente (Leiden University/Município de Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo)
    Scientific Coordinator, Plataforma de Ciência Aberta
    E-mail: vicente@strw.leidenuniv.nl
    Tel.: +351 965 336 157

    Paulo Jorge Lourenço (Leiden University/Município de Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo)
    Educational Coordinator, Plataforma de Ciência Aberta
    E-mail: lourenco@strw.leidenuniv.nl
    Tel.: +351 963 257 710

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