Citizen Science Introduction: First steps in a participatory research process

Thu, 5.11.2020, 9:00–17:30

Petra Biberhofer, PhD, Partizipative Wissenschaftsakademie
Ruth Förster, Dr. sc. ETHZ, dr. ruth förster training & beratung, Leitung saguf Arbeitsgruppe Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Online course

'Citizen Science' enables the involvement of citizens in scientific research projects. The range of such Citizen Science projects is wide and extends from selective involvement in data collection to the participatory co-creation of projects and knowledge. For example, local data can be collected, evaluated and interpreted, or collaboration with citizens can facilitate the development of socially relevant research questions. This course offers an introduction into Citizen Science by means of concrete examples of participatory projects from different disciplines. Interactively, we discuss goals and functions, type and intensity as well as challenges of practical implementation in the field. The course aims to encourage reflection on how knowledge (production) through research, characterised by greater openness and participation of citizens could look like, and what advantages and challenges are associated with this. On a practical level, we work with criteria/principles as well as selected methods and tools to make one's own research more participatory.

The course is offered by the Participatory Science Academy in cooperation with the UZH Graduate Campus. Participation is open to doctoral students and postdocs from all universities and practitioners. Further information.

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