Dr. Luigi Ceccaroni

MICS scientific coordinator

Luigi manages innovation and strategic research at Earthwatch, the independent research organisation which coordinates MICS from Oxford, UK. He is co—vice-chair of the European Citizen Science Association.

Claire Williams

Senior Programme Manager at Earthwatch

Claire has worked at Earthwatch for over 10 years in various Programme Management roles.

She has led a number of Earthwatch’s large corporate engagement programmes and is now managing the four EU H2020 projects Earthwatch is involved in; GroundTruth 2.0, MONOCLE, EU-Citizen.Science and MICS.

She has a BSc in Biology and MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds.

Dr. Steven Loiselle

Senior Research Manager at Earthwatch and an Associate Professor at the University of Siena (Italy)

Dr Steven Loiselle has led international research projects on Mediterranean coastal lakes (MEDCODYN), Great Lakes in Africa (ECOTOOLS, EAGLO), wetlands in the Paraná delta (IBERA, REGWET) and shallow lakes in the Yangtze valley (CarboLakes, BioGeoLakes). At present, he is leading Earthwatch’s global FreshWater Watch programme, which brings together more than 40 agency and research institutes and supporting the monitoring and management of 2000 waterbodies on six continents. He has developed a range of analytical and monitoring techniques that combine Earth observation and in-situ approaches to manage risks and degradation of aquatic ecosystems. His research has led to more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, as well as numerous book chapters and publications for the general public.

Dr. Uta Wehn

Associate Professor of Water Innovation Studies, IHE Delft

Dr. Uta Wehn is Associate Professor of Water Innovation Studies in the Integrated Water Systems and Governance Department at IHE Delft. She is a social scientist from the field of science, technology & innovation studies, with a background in ICTs. Her work at the intersection of data and knowledge co-creation, digital innovations, and water and environment focuses the social dynamics of innovation and how to harness digital transformations for participatory environmental governance and sustainable development. Her current Citizen Science projects include case studies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, using LivingLabs principles and tailoring user-centred and multi-stakeholder co-design methods to Citizen Science.

Mohammad Gharesifard

PhD Researcher, IHE Delft

Mohammad Gharesifard is a PhD researcher at IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education and Delft university of Technology (TU-Delft) in the Netherlands. He has a background in Water Resources Management and several years of consultancy and project management work experience in water and sanitation projects. Since 2014 he has been conducting research in the context of a number of EU-FP7 and Horizon 2020 research & innovation projects, including WeSenseIt, Ground Truth 2.0 and WeObserve. His PhD research focuses on social dimensions of citizen observatories and the factors that affect their establishment, functioning and outcomes. Mohammad is interested in studying social, institutional and political aspects of water management, Citizen Science projects and public participation processes.

Michele Ferri

Manager, AAWA

Michele Ferri is responsible for the applied hydrological emergency field in AAWA, coordinating scientific activities with Regional Civil protection's Emergency Control Centre. He completed postdoctoral research in Hydrodynamic and environmental modelling at the University of Padua. He was responsible for AAWA in FP7 projects (KULTURisk, WeSenseIt, MARSOL) and in CROWD4SAT (ESA project). Currently he is responsible for AAWA in H2020 projects (beAWARE, EOPEN, WeObserve).

Dr. Daniele Norbiato


He is a civil hydraulic engineer and PhD in Environmental Hydronomy at University of Padua. He is in the AAWA team that developed an innovative geomorphoclimatic hydrological model and realised an operative Flood Forecasting System for Veneto Regional Civil protection's Emergency Control Centre. He was involved in the redaction and implementation of the Flood Risk Management Plan of the AAWA District (flood directive 2007/60/EC). He was involved in many Civil Protection activities in case of natural disasters. He collaborated to many international projects related to flood risk and crisis management and crowdsourced/EO data assimilation (H2020 projects: beAWARE, EOPEN, WeObserve; FP7 projects: KultuRisk, WeSenseIt; ESA projects: CROWD4SAT) and water resources management projects (FP7 MARSOL; LIFE07 TRUST). His main scientific interests focus on hydrometeorology, flood risk, hydrological-hydraulic modelling 1D-2D, water resources management modelling, flood forecasting systems, flash-flood modelling. Author of several articles.

Dr. Bruna Gumiero

Fluvial Ecologist

Dr. Bruna Gumiero is a fluvial ecologist with over 30 years of experience. Currently she holds a position as adjunct professor at the University of Bologna (Italy) and provides environmental consultancy in various projects. She is co-founder of CIRF (Italian Center for River Restoration) in 1999, and was a member of European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR) Board between 2005 and 2011. She led national (in collaboration with University of Florence) and international (EU projects ERMAS, NICOLAS, with Consortium Acque Risorgive and Veneto Agricoltura Autorithies) research projects focussed on river restoration and water management. She organized and chaired the Scientific and Technical Committee of the IVth ECRR International Conference on River Restoration 2008 in Venice. Currently she is leading and developing citizen science activities in Italy mainly focused on freshwater ecosystems in partnership with CIFLA (Fondazione Flamina Center for innovation). Her research has led to about 60 peer-reviewed, popular science publications and policy briefs.

Ömer Ceylan

Chief Operating Officer, Geonardo

Ömer has more than 10 years of international experience in conceiving and implementing EU-funded projects and EC contracts, predominantly under the EU’s research and innovation programmes (FP6/7, Horizon 2020, CIP, LIFE). He oversees the implementation of GEO’s projects, coordinating a multidisciplinary team of project managers. Earlier he was involved in the strategic development and implementation of communication campaigns in the field of the environment under contract with DG ENV, and acted as an expert for the LIFE+ Information Sessions in Malta and UK under contract with DG ENV’s LIFE Units. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing targeted capacity-building activities and communication campaigns within the framework of projects in the energy and environmental fields. Ömer is an Environmental Engineer graduated from Istanbul Technical University and holds an MSc in Environmental Management from Aalborg University.

Balázs Kozák

Project Manager, Geonardo

Balázs is an Environmental Engineer and holds an MSc in Regional and Environmental Economics both from Budapest University of Technology and Economics, where Balázs is completing a specialized degree on Urbanism. He studied at Lund University, Technical University of Vienna and at the University of Graz too. Balázs has experience in INTERREG CENTRAL-EUROPE project development and took part in FP7, H2020, LIFE and INTERREG projects as a researcher and project manager. He has gained experience in the field of sustainable urban energy planning, urban mobility, local climate change and adaptation, and local sustainability. He is an active member of several NGOs at local and at regional level.

Dr. Marc Naura

Science and Technical Manager, River Restoration Centre

Dr Marc Naura is an ecologist, geomorphologist and Decision Support System (DSS) software developer. He did his research on ecological and habitat modelling and decision support development with a specific reference to the organisational and cultural factors affecting the uptake of DSS in organisation. He has a wide range of interest in topics related to the application of science in organisations and with the public. He is trained both in ecology, geography and statistical science as well as anthropology. Marc’s task at the RRC is to deliver science and technology to third sector organisations and members of the public. He has published in ecology, geography, modelling and DSS development.

Martin Janes

Managing Director, River Restoration Centre

Martin Janes has 22 years of experience focussed on delivering river restoration on the ground, liaising with local communities, involving businesses and members of the public, and influencing government agencies and local authorities. As such, he has extensive experience in co-designing and delivering projects with and for the public and he has advised on over 150 projects ranging from small stream enhancements to large river restoration schemes

Albert Scrieciu

Scientific Researcher, GeoEcoMar

Albert Scrieciu is an environmental geologist and his main expertise is on sediment studies for river, deltaic and coastal present-day systems, dealing also with hydrological measurements and data interpretation. He obtained his BSc degree in Geological Engineering from University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, and MSc degree in Environmental Geological Engineering from the same University. He uses his work experience in geo-ecology for the better management of natural protected areas, from the Danube wetlands to the Danube Delta, which is also part of his PhD work on “Management of Protected Geological Areas” at the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest.

Albert has been working at GeoEcoMar for seven years and from 2016 he is coordinating the “Danube River Research Team”. He is also Partner coordinator in H2020 projects NAIAD, MONOCLE and MICS and has experience in FP7, CBC and INTERREG research projects, working also at the preparation of the ESFRI proposal for the International Centre for Advanced Studies for River-Delta-Sea systems – DANUBIUS-RI.

His fieldwork activities help him to gain durable and solid collaborations with the main stakeholders from Danube River – Danube Delta – Black Sea macro-geo-system.

Stephen Parkinson


Stephen is a Research Assistant at Earthwatch. In the MICS project he leads WP5, the work package focused on dissemination and outreach. Previously, he coordinated research for FreshWater Watch, a water quality citizen-science project run by Earthwatch. Stephen obtained a BA degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge (UK).

Previous team members

Dr. Stéfani Novoa Gautier


Stéfani was Research and Evaluation Manager at Earthwatch’s Science, Policy & Innovation group and was a member of the MICS project team from the project kick-off (January 2019) till August 2019. She has participated in European research projects on citizens' observatories for the coast and ocean monitoring (Citclops), coastal water remote sensing (HIGHROC) and integrative systems for assessing and restoring aquatic ecosystems (WISER). She has published several peer-reviewed articles in the field of remote sensing of aquatic environments and marine pollution. 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824711.


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MICS, 2019-2021
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