CitSci Helvetia 2021

Connecting Citizen Science in Switzerland

Citizen Science (CS), the production of scientific knowledge outside of traditional scientific institutions, has found fertile ground in Switzerland. In recent years, practitioners have taken full advantage of the wide spectrum of opportunities provided by collaborative approaches, with projects spanning scientific domains, social issues, and geographical boundaries. Whether organized by academic institutions, done in school contexts or organized as a grassroots movement, Citizen Science in Switzerland has contributed both to the country’s scientific output and to reviving research at the interface of science and society.

The aim of “CitSci Helvetia 2021”, the first Swiss Citizen Science conference, is to bring together communities of practitioners in order to discover and connect the different traditions of Citizen Science in Switzerland. The goal is to celebrate this diversity as a significant contributor to the co-production of knowledge for a better future, and to provide a space to explore, share and develop new ideas and practices for Swiss participatory research.

Please note that CitSciHelvetia2021 will be a virtual conference



We invite ideas from all actors in the Swiss Citizen Science community and beyond!

Concerning the topics of the sessions, here a few suggested (but not mandatory) areas:

– Discovering the Swiss Citizen Science landscape

– Values in Citizen Science (including inclusivity, sustainability, and more …)

– Epistemologies and Ontologies in Citizen Science

– Learning and education in/through Citizen Science

– Infrastructures and tools for Citizen Science

The conference will be virtual. We invite participants to contribute ideas in different kinds of formats, including innovative ways to inform and interact (but not limited to):

– Short talk (up to 10 minutes – ideally as part of a workshop).

– Workshop (75-90 minutes – please explain your interactive method)

– “Markt der Möglichkeiten” ( images, videos, audios, and any other form of digital content for a web gallery)

– Performance

Please let us know if you need any kind of support concerning these modes of implementation. 


Conference languages are German and French. Ideas can be submitted in these languages and also English.


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