Citizens Create Knowledge – Opportunities and Challenges for Citizen Science

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David Ziegler (Germany)

David Ziegler studied Biology and Environmental Politics in Heidelberg, Göttingen, Christchurch and Berlin. After working in environmental communications for Freie Universität Berlin he has been a researcher and editor for the German citizen science platform since it was launched in 2014. Based at Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz- Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung, his work includes science communications, network building and research on quality criteria for citizen science.

The session will explain the concept of Citizen Science and discuss opportunities and challenges for science communications and university communications teams.

The term Citizen Science describes a form of scientific enquiry that allows volunteers to participate in actual research. The concept has increased in popularity in recent years, with a growing number of professional researchers and amateur scientists working together in various, often highly innovative projects. Citizen Science has also been acclaimed by science communicators due to the growing evidence (that will be discussed) that science learning goals can be effectively achieved by this form of public participation in research. Online platforms, in particular, have been a key factor in communicating Citizen Science to the wider public and scientific community, as well as creating networks of citizen science stakeholders.

In this workshop David Ziegler aims to give participants an overview of the origins and current developments of Citizen Science. He will demonstrate cases of best practice as well as lessons learned from his work with Citizen Science practitioners and will discuss the opportunities, challenges and limitations of Citizen Science for science communications.