Symposium - "Citizen Science and Behavioural Biology: between challenges and real chances"

Keynote speakers: Anett Richter (Germany) & Silvia Winter (Austria)

Citizen science has evolved over the past decades as a working method involving the active participation of interested amateurs at different stages of scientific projects in a wide range of disciplines by i.e. reporting observations, taking measurements or analysing data. By means of advanced technology, like the use of apps or social media, several citizen-science projects serve education purposes and favour large volunteer networks, which often allow scientists to accomplish tasks otherwise too expensive or time consuming. The participation of amateurs in scientific projects surely contributes to raising new questions and promotes a new scientific culture, which may have long-lasting effect on the society. With the present symposium we aim at giving insights into the added value of citizen contributed research for science and society and promoting the discussion on the integration of educational issues in the discussion on citizen science along with its challenges and limits.

Our first keynote speaker, A. Richter (iDiv, Germany) is especially interested in the added value of citizen science for science and society, she will talk about “The sour and sweets of citizen science: the taste of an emerging field”. The second keynote “Exploring biodiversity in our backyards - challenges and chances involving pupils in citizen science” will be held by S. Winter (BOKU, Austria) and it will focus on the role of students, pupils and citizens in recording biodiversity by means of indicator species in man-made habitats. Further contributions involving amateurs as well as pupils in behavioural biology research will be welcome.

Supported by Vienna Business Agency


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