Join the "Citizen Science in Theory and Practice" summer school. This summer school is organized by PhD fellows of the Vienna Doctoral School CoBeNe, which financially supports the event.

Citizen Science (CS) is becoming increasingly important within the research community, as one can gain large, spatially and temporally scaled data sets. But how to get citizen scientists interested and how to deal with big data? What makes a successful study and where to publish your data? We will cover all relevant topics associated with CS: from the value of CS, planning a study, funding, designing apps and motivating citizens (i.e. communication and recruitment) to analysing big scattered data sets, presenting and publishing results.

Apart from keynote talks held by international experts, participants will get hands-on experiences associated with the respective topics and time to network with the invited speakers and other participants.

The summer school will be held in cooperation with the Konrad Lorenz Research Station and the Cumberland game park Grünau, where several CS projects are taking place.

(c) Verena Pühringer-Sturmayr


Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018


JUFA Hotel Almtal, Grünau im Almtal (AUSTRIA)

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Confirmed speakers

Peter BROWN (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge)

Daniel DÖRLER (University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna)

Didone FRIGERIO (Core Facility KLF for Behaviour and Cognition & Dept. of Behavioural Biology, University of Vienna, Vienna)

Florian HEIGL (University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna)

Philipp HUMMER (SPOTTERON Citizen Science, Vienna)

Coleman KRAWCZYK (University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth)

Tina PHILLIPS (Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca)

Anett RICHTER (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig)

Andrea SIEBER (Alps-Adria University Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt)

Main topics

  1. What is citizen science?
  2. Study design
  3. Communication (i.e. recruitment and motivation of citizens)
  4. Data analysis
  5. Presenting & Publishing the results

More information coming soon on the VDS CoBeNe website and here!