Scientists and citizens have been collaborating to study or discover various scientific phenomena ranging from measuring water levels, identifying plants to finding galaxies. For science and academia, the inclusion of citizens in research offers great potential, particularly when set against the background of digitization. Ways of collecting and processing data have changed radically in recent years. Mobile internet and powerful smartphones make it possible nowadays to gather and deliver relevant research data almost anywhere.
Many citizen scientists find it highly motivating to be able to make a real contribution to current research and gain in-depth knowledge at the same time.
A total of 19 citizen science projects run by the University of Zurich (UZH) and other Swiss universities are the subject of this poster exhibition on participatory research. The projects are from varying disciplines, drawn on methods that involve citizens in their research. The five key areas include: language, cosmos, nature and landscape, mankind and health, history and digitisation.
The exhibition is organized by UZH Graduate Campus and swissnex India and supported by Stiftung Mercator Schweiz. The exhibition features talks by UZH representatives and researchers who will give insights into their projects and UZH’s initiatives in Citizen Science.
Citizen Science is an area of common interest for Indian and Swiss academia and science communicators. The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to initiate a dialog between researchers and citizen science enthusiasts from the two countries.
Speakers from Switzerland
Picture credit: University of Zurich Graduate Campus