The Citizen Science Center Zurich (administratively “Competence Center — Citizen Science”) is a joint initiative of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. The Center aims at engaging academic scientists and the public in next-generation citizen science projects, tackling problems from fundamental physics to human health.
The Center provides the resources, expertise and technical know-how to researchers to develop, set up, and run citizen science projects, while maintaining the highest standards of data security. Switzerland has a deep tradition of participatory democracy and decision-making, and Citizen Science can be viewed in many ways as the application of direct democracy to the scientific process. Researchers at both UZH and ETHZ have a strong track record in citizen science, participatory research, and citizen science-related fields such as artificial intelligence, social science and the law. Combining these researchers’ expertise represents a unique opportunity for synergy.