Citizen science and other participatory approaches in scientific research have received broad attention in recent years. While technological developments have led to a boom in citizen science in the past ten to fifteen years, there is a long tradition of participatory approaches in scientific endeavors.

The aims of involving citizens in science are manifold and range from the empowerment of marginalized groups to increasing the amount of data collected. Activities encompass small-scale local projects as well as large-scale international projects.


In this Winter School, you will identify and develop skills needed to engage in participatory research. Based on an interactive format with ample time for discussion and hands-on activities, you will:

  • get an overview of current citizen science debates and know the essential arguments
  • gain insights from current citizen science activities in Zurich with a high degree of participation
  • get to know different approaches of citizen science, its methods and tools, their possibilities and limits
  • be able to decide how participatory approaches can be useful for your own research project
  • become familiar with principles, methods and tools for participatory process design and support.