Introduction to Citizen Science : First steps in a participatory research process

Content  

"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. 

Participants will be given a small assignment in preparation for the course and a follow-up assginment after the course. The preparation and follow-up work is mandatory.

Learning objectives  

Participants

  • get an overview of the current Citizen Science debate and know the main arguments/ positions,
  • know different fields of application and approaches of Citizen Science as well as selected methods and tools, and their limits and possibilities (advantages and disadvantages),
  • know selection criteria and principles to better decide when Citizen Science/participative methods are useful for a concrete, own research project.
Instructors  

Olivia Höhener, Participatory Science Academy;
Dr. sc. ETHZ Ruth Förster, dr. ruth förster – training & beratung, lecturer ETH Zurich

Target participants  

Doktorierende und Post-Doktorierende aller Fakultäten (UZH und ETH Zürich)

Dates  

22 September 2021 9:00 – 17:30

4 October 2021 9:00 – 17:30
Canceling deadline  

1 September 2021 23:59

(see Conditions of Participation for information on canceling after the deadline.)

Location  

RAA-E-30

Contact person   Eric Alms, Graduate Campus
ECTS credits   1 ECTS credit (has to be recognized by your faculty)