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International Lecture

The 2nd ISDE International Lectures

  • Tools for Monitoring the Environment the SIMILE Project_Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli preview
  • Perspectives on the Complex Social Ecosystem of Public Participation in Digital Earth_Dr. Patricia Solís preview
  • Citizen Science and Civic Monitoring Supporting Law Enforcement A New Frontier_Dr. Anna Berti Suman preview

The 2nd ISDE International Lectures, with the theme of "The Digital Earth(s) of Citizens", was given on February 9th, 2023, 10:00 - 11:30 am (CET). At this event, three speakers were invited to talk about how citizens use Digital Earth technologies to monitor the environment, to elaborate perspectives on the complex social ecosystem of public participation in Digital Earth, and to share how citizen science and more broadly civic environmental monitoring can support and is supporting law enforcement.

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Topic: Tools for Monitoring the Environment: the SIMILE Project

Dr. Patricia Solís (Arizona State University, US)

Topic: Perspectives on the Complex Social Ecosystem of Public Participation in Digital Earth

Dr. Anna Berti Suman (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy)

Topic: Citizen Science and Civic Monitoring Supporting Law Enforcement: A New Frontier?


Dr. Marisa Ponti (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)




Welcome and Introduction

Moderator: Marisa Ponti (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)


Topic: Tools for Monitoring the Environment: the SIMILE Project

Speaker: Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)


Topic: Perspectives on the Complex Social Ecosystem of Public Participation in Digital Earth

Speaker: Patricia Solís (Arizona State University, US)


Topic: Citizen Science and Civic Monitoring Supporting Law Enforcement: A New Frontier?

Speaker: Anna Berti Suman (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy)


Group Photo


Announcement of the 3rd ISDE International Lectures


Short Bio of Invited Speakers:


Maria Antonia Brovelli

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Maria Antonia Brovelli is a professor of GIS at the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMI), member of the School of Doctoral Studies in Data Science at “Roma La Sapienza” University. She was the Vice-Rector of PoliMI for the Como Campus (2011-2016) and she is currently the head of the GEOLab (Geomatics and Earth Observation Lab) of the PoliMI.She is the Deputy Chair of the ISPRS TC on Spatial Information Science; former member of ESA ACEO (Advisory Committee of Earth Observation); co-chair of the United Nations Open GIS Initiative, Chair of the UN-GGIM (Global Geospatial Information Management) Academic Network, mentor of the PoliMI Chapter of YouthMappers (PoliMappers). Moreover, she is the Associate Editor of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information Responsible for the area: Geospatial Artificial Intelligence.Her research activity is in the field of geomatics. Her interests have been various, starting from geodesy, radar-altimetry and moving later to GIS, webGIS, geospatial web platform, VGI, Citizen Science, Big Geo Data, geoAI. She is participating and leading research on these topics within the frameworks of both national and international projects and scientific networks. One of her main interests is in Open-Source GIS, where she is playing a worldwide leading role.



Patricia Solís

Arizona State University, US

Patricia Solís, PhD, is Executive Director of the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at Arizona State University, and an Associate Research Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Her expertise centers on the application of participatory geospatial technologies for humanitarian, environment and development needs. She is designer, co-founder and director of YouthMappers, a consortium of student-led mapping chapters on 300+ university campuses in 65+ countries, creating open, volunteered spatial data in collaboration with USAID. Solís serves a diplomatic appointment as the first woman President of the PanAmerican Institute of Geography and History for the Organization of American State.



Anna Berti Suman

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy

Anna Berti Suman is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy. She is principal researcher of the project ‘Sensing for Justice’ on the potential of civic monitoring as a source of evidence for environmental and climate litigation and as a tool to foster environmental mediation. She is Qualified Barrister under the Bar of Rome, following cases at ‘Systasis - Study Centre for the Management of Environmental Conflicts’, Milan. Anna obtained her PhD from the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, The Netherlands. She has worked on health law (UK), environmental and climate litigation (Italy, The Netherlands, Ecuador) and water conflicts (Chile).

Institutional web page: https://joint-research-centre.ec.europa.eu/anna-berti-suman_en

Project web page:https://sensingforjustice.webnode.it/


Short Bio of Moderator:


Marisa Ponti

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Marisa Ponti is an Associate Professor in the Division of Learning, Communication and IT, in the Department of Applied Information Technology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her current research focuses on machine-human integration in projects using citizen science and machine learning. The methods she focuses on to bring together people, data, and technology include citizen science, crowdsourcing, peer-to-peer exchange and citizen-generated data. She is also interested in citizen-generated data and how they might serve the public good by contributing to policymaking and the public sector.


Extended Materials:

Citizen Science in Support of Digital Earth:


Citizen Science for (environmental) policy: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC123500

Emerging forms of digital governance:


SIMILE Project :https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/14/13/8107/htm

SIMILE App Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.polimi.simile&hl=en&gl=US 

SIMILE App IOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/simile-lake-monitoring/id1534852535

SIMILE Web App: https://simile.como.polimi.it/SimileWebAdministrator/