Science-Society Dialogue - from Citizen Science to Co-Design


English and German


Aletta Bonn and Josef Settele
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig | Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research - UFZ | Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Workshop Aims

The aim of this plenary session and workshop is to debate how to succeed in co-production and co-design at the science-society interface. How do we integrate different knowledge forms using citizen science through to co-design processes? How and when does this lead to better research with added value for science and society - and when not? What role do new technologies play in enhancing participation and broadening science? Are there good practice examples that can be shared?

Ziel des Workshops

Ziel des Workshops ist, eine aktive Diskussion zu Interaktion an der Science-Society Schnittstelle zu führen. Hierbei werden eingeladene Experten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis Anregungen zu Inhalt und Format von Wissensschaftsdialog mit kurzen Inputreferaten geben und danach zu einem aktiven Austausch mit Teilnehmern in einem World Cafe Workshop zur Verfügung stehen. Von Interesse ist hier, wie Integration von unterschiedlichem Wissen durch Co-Design und Citizen Science in einem gegenseitigen Prozess gelingen und zu einem Mehrwert für die Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft führen kann.

Public plenary session

A plenary keynote will set the scene, and invited experts from science, policy and practice will provide input on advances and challenges in citizen science and participatory co-design.

Workshop (please register)

Following the successful format of last year's science-policy workshop, speakers and guests will engage with participants in a 'world-café' style interactive workshop. Of particular interest is the two-way nature of the knowledge exchange processes and how this can lead to enhanced research outputs, more evidence-based practice and policy and ideally to transformation in society. We're looking forward to a session with stimulating discussions, an opportunity to meet face-to-face with experts from policy and science communication, as well as networking among colleagues.
(For better planning we require registration. Both experienced participants als well as newcomers to the field very welcome! Language will be a mix of English and German as applicable.)

Aletta Bonn & Josef Settele
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig | Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research - UFZ | Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Keynote: Citizen Science: Chances and Challenges
Johannes Vogel
Director, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Chair of the European Citizen Science Association
How can scientists and citizens co-create knowledge?
Elisabeth Kühn, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ
BürGEr schaffen WISSen - Citizens create knowledge
The German citizen science GEWISS project and web portal David Ziegler & Wiebke Rettberg, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin | Wissenschaft im Dialog
Co-producing knowledge across scientific fields and user groups - lessons learned in 50 years of the UK's Biological Records Centre
Michael J O Pocock & Helen E Roy, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (chair British Ecological Society citizen science special interest group)
Move to workshop room
Science-Policy Workshop (in English and German, as applicable) refreshments provided
World Cafe Session with table mentoring with experts available for one-to-one exchange and stimulating discussions. The goal is to identify how citizen science approaches can help to enrich biodiversity research and public engagement, facilitate co-design and co-production and possibly lead to better or different science. Specifically we are also interested what support would be needed Topics:
  • Criteria for successful Co-Design and Citizen Science projects. What support would be needed to foster partnerships and help researchers to implement these?
  • Chances and barriers in the German and the international science institutional settings for Co-Design and Citizen Science projects
  • Options for participation in GEWISS dialogue forum and the Bürger Schaffen Wissen web portal
  • Challenges: Data quality and publication of Co-Design and Citizen Science projects
  • Opportunities for e-science to foster participative processes at the science-society-policy interface
Final Plenum
Outlook & Farewell