iDiv Summer School 2019 "Citizen Science – Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy"

The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) will conduct its fifth summer school “Citizen Science – Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy” from 21 to 28 August 2019 in Leipzig, Germany.

Dr. Anett Richter, Susanne Hecker and Prof. Aletta Bonn, iDiv Professor and head of the research group Ecosystem service, in cooperation with the iDiv graduate school ydiv are hosting and organising this summer school.

During the seven summer school days, participants will be immersed into different topics in integrated biodiversity sciences through citizen science in theory and practice.

The course will address different aspects of citizen science as an innovative tool for open science, society and policy. We will deliver new insights into the values and tools of and in citizen science. Participants will also gain hands-on experiences HOW to do citizen science and will work on two research projects with an opportunity to present results at the iDiv conference that takes place immediately after the iDiv summer school (29 and 30 August 2019).

The summer school aims to attract early career scientists (graduates and post grads) from around the world with an overall interest in integrated biodiversity research using participatory approaches to bridge science, society and policy.  

Topics to be covered include:

  • History and the rise of Citizen Science around the world
  • Operationalization and Professionalization in Citizen Science 
  • Principles in Citizen Science
  • Science Communication in Citizen Science
  • Citizen Science in Practice: Design and Implementation
  • Data in Citizen Science: Management, Analysis and Presentation


The programme includes lectures in the morning, followed by training sessions and workshops in the afternoon. During the summer school 2019 two research projects will be performed by the participants. Each day, time will be devoted for the research project. Participants will work in small groups and guided by tutors. The outputs of the research projects will be presented by the participants at the iDiv conference.

A colorful side program for social activities with a sightseeing tour of Leipzig, visits to parks and a conference dinner and BBQ will be offered to allow time for networking and having fun.

The programme of the summer school will consist of:

  • Lectures
  • Methodological lectures and exercises
  • Hands-on sessions and own research project
  • Workshops in small groups lead by mentors
  • Presentation of the results by participants
  • Meet an expert session
  • Exchange with iDiv researchers at the iDiv Conference


The lecturers and project leaders of this summer school will include the scientific staff of the Ecosystem Service Lab and international experts in Citizen Science.

Date and venue

The summer school will take place from 21 to 28 August 2019 at iDiv, which is located at the Biocity Leipzig. The site has good transport connections in the immediate vicinity of the university’s natural science campus and the German National Library. It is surrounded by other cutting-edge research centers in the field of biosciences, including the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI). The Leipzig Botanical Garden is also located at a walking distance from iDiv.

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