Science and Technology Studies and Citizen Science Colloquium

ECSA24 pre-conference event

Section: Research Policy & Development

Date: 2. April 2024

ZSI warmly invites to the Science and Technology Studies and Citizen Science Colloquium taking place on 2 April (13:00-19:00) in Vienna as an ECSA24 pre-conference event. The event is convened by Katja Mayer (Science and Technology Studies, Uni Vienna), Claudia Göbel (Sociology, Uni Mainz) and the Citizen Science Team of ZSI Center for Social Innovation, Vienna.

The workshop will take place at the main building of the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1 (street, main entrance), in the room “Marietta-Blau-Saal. Please note that this is a different location than the other ECSA conference venues (Boku University or the Natural History Museum). 

You find all information summarized and up-to-date on the workshop website:

We suggest checking it again right before the event for the most updated version of the programme.


Engaging with participatory research, technology development and science communication has been a driving force in the development of Science and Technology Studies. In the field of Citizen Science, where these and other themes converge, the paths of many people involved with STS in one way or another are crossing. Already the inception of the field is closely linked to STS with Alan Irwin’s (1995) concept of Citizen Science as a reference point and there is a growing number of STS researchers studying Citizen Science as their research object. However, the boundaries between doing STS and doing Citizen Science have always been permeable giving rise to a rich tradition of mutual engagement. Scholars from other academic backgrounds and Citizen Science practitioners draw on STS concepts and methodologies, while STS researchers get involved with Citizen Science projects, platforms and organisations. These engagements have been and continue to be vital for shaping participatory practice, research and the field of Citizen Science. Yet, strikingly, this vibrant cross-pollination is conspicuously absent at mainstream STS and CS conferences. Despite frequent citations, STS research on Citizen Science seems content in its academic enclave, barely breaching the dynamic, hands-on realm of actual Citizen Science implementation.

We would like to use the ECSA2024 conference in Vienna as an opportunity to come together and discuss STS research on, with and through Citizen Science, and vice versa. Which current initiatives are underway? Are there common empirical, conceptual or methodological themes and challenges? What are the difficulties of working across research/practice and disciplinary boundaries? The idea is to meet for an informal exchange focusing on work-in-progress, rather than polished publications, and letting conversations emerge from there. Participants are invited to present with no formal restrictions on the nature and format of contributions (apart from time).

Type: Collaborative event (ZSI as co-organiser)

Location: Uni Wien

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