Recap and recording: How does communication work in citizen science projects?

20. October 2023 Sparkling ScienceCitizen Science
In the 2. spotlight of the webinar series "Inside Sparkling Science 2.0", researchers reported on how they design communication to best involve all project participants.

How do you manage to communicate effectively and at eye level with all partners in a citizen science project in which researchers, students, teachers and other project participants work together? In the webinar, project leaders and collaborators from different disciplines shared their experiences. On the one hand, Nora Dirisamer, Julia Lauss and Christoph Helm (Johannes Kepler University Linz) shed light on the topic against the background of their Sparkling Science project "Circus of Knowledge. Citizen Science meets Citizen Art". On the other hand, Franziska Dengler (Vetmeduni Vienna) reported on her experiences from the project "Colic & Butyrate".

Lessons Learned

All speakers emphasized that good communication among such diverse project participants requires time and resources, which must be taken into account in project planning. Franziska Dengler emphasized that direct exchange in the research teams, but also with teachers and students, is particularly productive. However, creative solutions often have to be found because the time available together is limited. The JKU Linz team pointed out the importance of low-threshold offerings, such as feedback platforms for project participants, or explanatory videos to inform parents and project outsiders and to engage in exchange. 
More information from the projects, lessons learned and tips can be found in the recording. The event language was German.

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