Citizen Science Introduction: First steps in a participatory research process

Online course


09:00 - 17:30



This course offers an introduction into Citizen Science by means of concrete examples of participatory projects from different disciplines. Interactively, goals and functions, type and intensity as well as challenges of practical implementation in the field will be discussed.

Cascades Butterfly Citizen Science Project
Image: Park Ranger, CC BY 2.0

"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.

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.


  • Citizen Sciences
Languages: English