Tell me more about your Citizen Science work - Speed Dating in Munich

26. Jun. 2023

A unique mutual learning experience in the STEP Change consortium

On the occasion of the recent Steering Committee Meeting of the STEP Change project, organised by partner WECF in Munich on June 5 and 6, ZSI prepared a mutual learning excercise in preparation of cross-disciplinary research agendas to be drafted by the end of the project. For a Citizen Science Speed Dating, all STEP Change partners implementing a Citizen Science Initiative were set up into pairs to discuss one of the following questions:

  • Which topics do you think will be pertinent for your organisation in 2-3 years, e.g. in 2025-26?
  • For which cross-cutting issues your organisation can contribute experience to a citizen science project?
  • Which target group for citizen science do you think might be interesting for your organisation?

After 3 minutes of talking, each pair would then switch partners to discuss another of these questions with a new partner.

Although there was not much time for a full deep dive into each of these topics, this was a fantastic opportunity for each of our CSI partners to get to know a little more about the work they doing to promote citizen science, and how the field of participatory science could be promoted in the future, finding synergies and preparing memoranda of understanding to be signed among the consortium partners for future collaboration and sustainability.

Some of the key findings of this session were that despite apparent differences in the topics covered by the five Step Change citizen science initiatives (health, energy, and the environment), there are surprising synergies. Among them, is the importance of the connection between climate change, infectious diseases, and wildlife, which is considered to become increasingly important. Other pairs explored the link between gender and medicine (especially epidemics) or how to ensure stronger linkage and mutual trust and respect between different groups of stakeholders (e.g. Citizen Scientists, Researchers, Policy makers, and general society). 



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