In Part 2 of Wilson Center NOW’s look at the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign, Earth Challenge 2020, we discuss the potential of citizen science initiatives with Landon Van Dyke, Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, and Anne Bowser, STIP’s Director of Innovation.



Landon Van Dyke is a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State and serves as its global coordinator of energy, environment, and sustainability efforts. In this capacity, he works to ensure department compliance with federal energy and environmental requirements, advances innovations related to sustainability within operations, serves as a bridge between policy and management initiatives, and leads the agency’s eco-diplomacy activities. Notable IoT initiatives include the Department’s smart-metering, air quality monitoring, and vehicle telematics programs. Previously, Mr. Van Dyke served on the White House Council on Environmental Quality as the Associate Director of International Affairs and Climate Change, where he was responsible for environmental protection, energy security, international trade, finance and climate change as they related to U.S. international relations. Mr. Van Dyke has also served as an advisor in the U.S. Senate developing legislation on clean energy public/private partnerships and other offices in the Executive Branch. Prior to joining the federal government, Mr. Van Dyke served as the Senior Managing Associate at Pacific Bridge, Inc., and worked in China for several years serving as a consultant.  Mr. Van Dyke holds graduate degrees in Asian economics, business administration, and information systems from the George Washington University and Western Michigan University.


Anne Bowser is the Director of Innovation and an Innovation Specialist with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP). Her work focuses on understanding and mobilizing public participation in science, technology, and policy while helping the Wilson Center leverage technologically innovative programming to reach new audiences. She leads the Wilson Center’s participation in BILAT 4.0, a European Commission-funded Coordination and Support Action initiated to advance transatlantic cooperation in Science and Technology Innovation. The BILAT project explores EU-US cooperation in areas including open science, open innovation, and smart cities. Anne also supports the Wilson Center's topical work on Artificial Intelligence, Smart Cities, and Serious Games, and works as the Director of Innovation to help programs across the Wilson Center leverage technologically innovative programming to reach new audiences. Beyond the Wilson Center, Anne is on the Board of Directors for the U.S.-based Citizen Science Association (CSA), where she serves as Treasurer and CFO.  She is also co-Chair of the CSA's Data and Metadata Working Group, the current steward of the PPSR-Core citizen science data and metadata standard, and co-Chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Citizen Science Domain Working Group. 



John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.