Addressing topics through different formats

Format | Selection Criteria | Reviewers

CitSciHelvetia2021 will be a virtual conference and all accepted ideas will be conducted online.

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
        What is the composition of the flourishing Citizen Science landscape? What are the themes and the disciplines of Swiss Citizen Science? Who are we as a community? What is the gender distribution in the community? What can be done to make Citizen Science even more open?

      • Values in Citizen Science (including inclusivity, sustainability, and more …)
        What drives CS in Switzerland? Is the community, and its practices, inclusive? Who participates in Citizen Science and who does not? Which practices are inclusive, which ones are not? Where and how do values matter in Citizen Science?

      • Epistemologies and Ontologies in Citizen Science
        What kind of knowledge is important in different Citizen Science practices and how is it produced? Who decides what kind of knowledge is relevant

      • Learning and education in/through Citizen Science
        Who is learning what in Citizen Science, and how? What are the different domains of learning tackled in Citizen Science? What competencies are needed for and fostered in/through Citizen Science?

      • Infrastructures and tools for Citizen Science
        What kind of structural support does Citizen Science need in order to fulfil its aims, and how can higher education institutions help? What are examples of supporting infrastructures and required tools at different levels?




Please note that CitSciHelvetia2021 will be a virtual conference. All accepted ideas will be conducted online.

In light of this, we invite participants to contribute ideas in different kinds of formats, including (but not limited to):

Short Talk

Present your idea, tool or approach and assess it with the community.


Discuss and develop further your idea in a co-creative approach, while  learning together.

Markt der Möglichkeiten

Share your idea, method, approaches, in a digital format.


Let the community explore your idea by presenting it in a dynamic and playful way.


What is a Short talk?

It is inspiring, informative and target-oriented…
Short talks last up to 10 minutes and are ideally part of a workshop. You can present your idea, for instance a tool you are working with, or an approach you are applying in your Citizen Science practice. Short Talks focus on the essentials of your idea and are inspiring and relevant for your target audience, the Citizen Science Community in Switzerland.

What is a Workshop?

It involves participants in an interactive format to co-create ideas
Workshops are aimed to involve the Citizen Science community in an interactive and co-creative exploration of one or more conference topics. Propose your workshop and develop further your idea, research questions, Citizen Science practice etc. with other participants. A workshop session should last 75-90 minutes and is self-organized. Please indicate your interactive method in the idea submission and if you need support e.g. with facilitation or technical equipment. Virtual rooms will be provided by the conference organizers.

What is a Markt der Möglichkeiten?

A lively place for sharing ideas via posters, videos, objects, experiments, etc.)
The Markt der Möglichkeiten is a marketplace for sharing the key message of your idea, method or approach based on one or more conference topics. The “Markt der Möglichkeiten” (engl. “market of possibilities”) is a web gallery that will allow for digital submissions. Contributions can be proposed in the form of images, videos, audios, and any other form of digital content.

What is a Performance?

It explores ideas in a dynamic and playful approach…
Performances allow to present your idea in a dynamic and playful approach. The community is invited to explore your idea/practice/approach and might also be an active part of the performance. A performance can last max. 60 minutes and is self-organized. Please indicate the procedure of the performance in the idea submission and if you need support e.g. with facilitation or technical equipment. Virtual rooms will be provided by the conference organizers.

We are looking forward to receive your idea until 16 August 2020 (deadline extended!)


All ideas will be reviewed by a mixed panel of renowned researchers and Citizen Science experts. Notifications of acceptance will be issued by 7 September 2020.





Please note that CitSciHelvetia2021 will be a virtual conference. All accepted ideas will be conducted online.

A committee of Citizen Science experts will review and select the proposals based on the following criteria:

    The submitted idea promises a contribution of high quality.
    The submitted idea is related to at least one of the five conference topics, or it presents a significant contribution to the Citizen Science field. It is also relevant to the discussion on Citizen Science as a scientific approach and/or for the solution of social problems. Ideas with a connection to Switzerland are particularly welcome.
    The idea shows innovative information, ie. promises a new contribution in theoretical or methodological terms or presents a new topic, application, or tool, that brings significant innovation in the Citizen Science field.
    The idea shows the potential long-term impact of citizen science approaches to scientific and/ social issues.

Please note: project presentations are strongly encouraged to be submitted as a contribution to the media gallery.

Selection outcome includes:

  • Acceptance
    The author will be notified. The conference committee will ask the author for a final version of the abstract that can be made public.
  • Rejection
    If an idea is not selected, the author will be notified with a short motivation for the rejection.
  • Negotiation
    In some cases the committee may value the idea but suggest a different format. The author will be contacted.

Authors will also have access to the reviews of their contributions





Johanna Barnbeck

Daniel Dörler
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Nicole Graf
ETH Library Zurich – Image Archive

Francois Grey
University of Geneva

Susanne Hecker
Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Florian Heigl
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Alain Kaufmann
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Mike Martin
University of Zurich

Danièle Pralong
Citizen Scientist

Simone Rüfenacht
European Citizen Science Association (ECSA)

Mike Schäfer
University of Zurich, Professor of Science Communication

Nicola Schoenenberger

Jan Seibert
University of Zurich, Dept. of Geography

Elisabeth Stark
University of Zurich, Institute of Romance Studies & URPP “Language and Space”

Anouk-Lisa Taucher
SWILD – Stadtökologie, Wildtierforschung und Kommunikation / StadtWildTiere und Wilde Nachbarn

Pia Viviani
catta gmbh