Susanne Hecker

Scientific Employee

Research interests


Susanne’s research focuses on aims, capacities and experiences of citizen science in the German, European and international context. She investigates conditions and changes of international science culture in regard of co-design and co-production of scientific research.
Susanne got fascinated by citizen science in her role as science communicator for the German mosquito atlas. Being far more than a Mayfly, the success of the project led Susanne to discover the whole world of citizen science around the globe. Being a charter member of the European Citizen Science Association, she also is a member of the US Citizen Science Association as well as ACSA. Not surprisingly, she is especially interested in strengthening international citizen science networks through collaborative research. She organised the First International ECSA Conference in May in Germany’s capital Berlin, and as trained science communicator she is researching with main focus on citizen science communication.

Scientific Career & CV


Susanne has a degree in humanities and strong inter- and transdisciplinary background. She is an expert in science communication and has profound knowledge of citizen science communication.

Further information on her Vita. Please click for download: CV_HeckerS

External Profiles

iDiv publications


Bonn, A., Hecker, S., Bowser, A., Makuch, Z., Vogel, J., Haklay, M.

Citizen science to foster innovation in open science, society and policy: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy In: S. Hecker, M. Haklay, A. Bowser et al. (Eds.) Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy UCL Press, London, p. 465-84

Hecker, S., Bonney, R., Haklay, M., Hölker, F., Hofer, H., Goebel, C., Gold, M., Makuch, Z., Ponti, M., Richter, A., Robinson, L., Iglesias, J. R., Owen, R., Peltola, T., Sforzi, A., Shirk, J., Vogel, J., Vohland, K., Witt, T., Bonn, A.

Innovation in Citizen Science – Perspectives on Science-Policy AdvancesCitizen Science: Theory and Practice3(1), 4

Hecker, S., Haklay, M., Bowser, A., Makuch, Z., Vogel, J., Bonn, A.

Citizen Science – Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy In: (Eds.) UCL Press, London, p.

Hecker, S., L. Garbe, A. Bonn

The European citizen science landscape – a snapshot In: Hecker, Susanne Bonn, Aletta Haklay, Muki Bowser, Anne Makuch, Zen Vogel, Johannes (Eds.) Citizen Science UCL Press, , p. 190-200

Richter, A., Dörler, D., Hecker, S., Heigl, F., Pettibone, L., Serrano Sanz, F., Vohland, K., Bonn, A.

Benefits from capacity building in citizen science: insights from strategic development programs in Europe In: S. Hecker, M. Haklay, A. Bowser, Z. Makuch, J. Vogel, A. Bonn (Eds.) Citizen Science - Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy UCL Press, London, p.

Schröter, M., Kraemer, R., Mantel, M., Kabisch, N., Hecker, S., Richter, A., Neumeier, V., Bonn, A.

Citizen science for assessing ecosystem services: Status, challenges and opportunitiesEcosystem Services28(Part A), 80-94

Bela, G., Peltola, T., Young, J. C., Balázs, B., Arpin, I., Pataki, G., Hauck, J., Kelemen, E., Kopperoinen, L., Van Herzele, A., Keune, H., Hecker, S., Suškevičs, M., Roy, H. E., Itkonen, P., Külvik, M., László, M., Basnou, C., Pino, J., Bonn, A.

Learning and the transformative potential of citizen scienceConservation Biology30(5), 990-99

Pettibone, L., Ziegler, D., Richter, A., Hecker, S., Bonn, A., Vohland, K.

GEWISS Dialogforum – Forschungsförderung für Citizen Science

Richter, A., Pettibone, L., Rettberg, W., Ziegler, D., Kröger, I., Tischer, K., Hecker, S., Vohland, K., Bonn, A.

GEWISS Auftaktveranstaltung : Dialogforen Citizen Science in Leipzig 17./18.09.2014

Ziegler, D., Pettibone, L., Hecker, S., Rettberg, W., Richter, A., Tydecks, L., Bonn, A., Vohland, K.

BürGEr schaffen WISSen – Wissen schafft Bürger (GEWISS) : Entwicklung von Citizen Science-Kapazitäten in DeutschlandForum der Geoökologie25(3), 8-12
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