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  • Research with and for people affected

    The Seed Grant project "Long Covid Citizen Science Board" directly involved people with Long Covid. They took part in discussions, exchanged ideas and assessed how research can better meet their needs. We spoke to Chantal Britt and Milo Puhan about the project.

  • Small insects with a big impact

    Bees and butterflies play an important role, but are under particular pressure in urban areas. The Seed Grant project "B3 - Bienen, Baumscheiben und Bestäubung" investigated whether a greater diversity of plants in the city of Zurich has a positive impact. We spoke to Anouk Taucher and Kevin Vega about the project.

  • Name and visualize impact with our Impact Narrative

    Citizen Science projects have all the same cause: they want to achieve impact. What do we mean by impact and how can project organizers name it in a project-specific way and make it visible to the target group? Our template will help you to better grasp the impact of projects.

  • A museum transforms into a knowledge workshop

    With five workshop projects, the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich is becoming an open knowledge workshop. One of these is the Seed Grant project "The 'Borys Malkin Collection' in the view of Wounaan in Colombia". We spoke to project manager Maike Powroznik about it.

  • Making skills acquired through Citizen Science projects visible

    Anyone who participates in a Citizen Science project acquires new skills. In this article, you will find out why it is important to provide participants with documentation or certificates of these skills and how such proof of competence can look like.

  • Citizen Science in museums - doing research together with society

    The Swiss Museums Association has published a brochure that provides insights into the characteristics, the process and the most important stakeholder groups of Citizen Science in museums. We have summarized the most important aspects for you.

  • Report of Citizen Science School 2023

    We look back on an intensive, joyful and very successful week.

  • Citizen Science for specific policy issues

    Cléa Montanari shares insights about Citizen Science for Policy. Read more about three components that are essential for successful Citizen Science projects for policy.

  • Developing and implementing Citizen Science projects just got easier! Our Citizen Science Project Builder 2.0

    The Citizen Science Project Builder is a web-based tool that allows researchers, students and citizens to jointly develop and implement Citizen Science projects. Recently new features were released which make the tool even more powerful and easy to use.

  • Citizen Science School 2021 Report

    Lots of details about the workshops, talks, project presentations, and informal activities at this year's Citizen Science Summer School.

  • New partnership with the TCS-Sensor Lab

    The "Theoretical Computer Science & Sensor Lab" of the University of Geneva and we from the Citizen Science Center Zurich are going new ways together. The collaboration, especially in the context of the UNIGE E-Smog project, will help to strengthen Citizen Science and science education in Zurich, Geneva and the whole of Switzerland. Learn more about our new partner and its E-Smog project!

  • Interview with Valerio Lorini: Detect urban floods impacts with the FIUME Project

    We talked with Valerio Lorini from the European Commission about his project FIUME. The project aims at extracting valuable information about damages during floods or storms in urban areas combining social media, citizen science and artificial intelligence.

  • Research Publication: Crowdsourcing snake identification with online communities

    Snake identification can be challenging for biologists, healthcare practitioners and local communitites, resulting in significant medical consequences. In a week-long online citizen science challenge data on identification of 100 snake species was gathered. More than 1000 participants from around the world took part. Find out more of the research findings published in the Royal Society Journal.

  • BB Lunch: Mining goes public. Discovering old traces with new means

    In this brownbag lunch, we went on an exciting journey to Erzmatt, in the canton of Solothurn. Ore was mined there until 1850 and traces of it are still visible. The presented project wants to explore these traces and thereby learn more about the historical mining activities in the region. Dive with us into the mysterious world of historical mining!

  • CitSci Helvetia 2021 – the very first Citizen Science Conference in Switzerland

    Bringing together and connecting the different Citizen Science practitioners – that was the aim of the Citizen Science Conference “CitSci Helvetia 2021”. From 14-15 January 2021, over 190 citizen scientists from all over Switzerland and beyond took part in the diversified program. The conference took place virtually due to Covid-19.

  • Hacking COVID-19 with AI and Citizen Science

    At regional and national levels, policy makers urgently need relevant and actionable information on a range of Covid-related issues, as quickly and reliably as possible. Useful data can come from various sources but the quantity is huge, and the quality varies widely. The idea of the CrowdvsCovid challenge was to combine the speed of machines with the intelligence of the crowd. Find out more in our blog post.

  • Report: Supporting Citizen Science in Academia and Beyond

    On January 16th 2020, about 100 Citizen Science (CS) enthusiasts from all over Switzerland met up at ETH Zurich to discuss some hot topics in the current debate around Citizen Science and academia. The workshop series was organized by the Citizen Science Center Zurich and the Participatory Science Academy.

  • Citizen Science & the Sustainable Development Goals – Part 2

    In this series of blogs, Rosy Mondardini (Managing Director of Citizen Science Center Zurich) shares her view on the potentials of Citizen Science as a way for researchers and citizens to contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in particular to the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Behind the platform

    Chris Gwilliams is the Center’s back-end developer, the geeky soul behind the platform. We convinced him to sit down and explain in layman’s terms our tech services and tools … here is what we got!

  • Citizen Science & the Sustainable Development Goals – Part 1

    In this series of blogs, Rosy Mondardini (Managing Director of Citizen Science Center Zurich) shares her view on the potentials of Citizen Science as a way for researchers and citizens to contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in particular to the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

  • “Two scientists come into a bar …” – Citizen Science at the Pint of Science Festival in Zürich

    On Wednesday May 22nd 2019 after work, the team of the Citizen Science Center Zurich, along with about 50 other people, gathered in the BQM bar near the Federal Technical Institute in Zürich for the last evening of the Pint of Science Festival – and a night full of (citizen) science.

  • The Citizen Science Center Zürich at the UN Environment Assembly

    Our Managing Director Rosy Mondardini was part of the international Citizen Science delegation that attended the Science-Policy-Business Forum at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA4), with the aim of promoting Citizen Science at the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment.

  • Citizen Science for Global Health

    “Do you know this snake?” That was the question we asked a vivid community of snake lovers out there in our Snake ID Challenge in late February. We were overwhelmed by the level of participation from all over the world. Learn more about the project in this interview with Andrew Durso.

  • Why a Citizen Science Center in Zurich?

    The Citizen Science Center Zurich is a joint initiative of the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich. It aims at engaging academic scientists and the public in next-generation citizen science projects. That means projects that are scientifically excellent and also have a high degree of participation of citizens in ideally all phases of the research process. Why is that necessary? You’ll find out in this blog post.

  • What to expect from this blog

    The best two things about Citizen Science in my view are: First, it is super diverse (just like science in general), and second, everyone can do it (unlike in academic/professional science, where you need a university degree to be acknowledged as researcher) – because science should be accessible to everyone, not only as a profession but also as a hobby. All this makes Citizen Science a perfect topic for a blog.

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