Participant Requirements and Costs

We welcome researchers from all research institutions and disciplines to apply for this in-person Summer School. The program is primarily designed for doctoral students and postdocs. However, we also encourage practitioners who work in the field of citizen science to apply. We strive for a diverse group of participants with different disciplinary backgrounds, a keen interest in research with societal relevance and new ways to interact with (non-academic) citizens. Sessions will be conducted in English, therefore fluency in both spoken and written English is essential. Since the Summer School takes place in Zurich, Switzerland, some parts of the program may be held in German. Passive knowledge of German is an asset.

Participation costs: The fee of 290 CHF incl. tax entails access to 5 days of lectures and practical course work, accommodation, lunch and coffee breaks. In cases of special financial burden (for example for single parents), we are able to grant a participation fee reduction of CHF 100 for a limited number of applicants. The participation fee must be paid by May 8, 2023. Participants will be responsible to manage any reimbursement from their institution individually, if applicable.

Selection criteria: First and foremost, applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in the topic of participatory research. We highly value active course participation and motivation to engage with other participants and share experiences. To this end, applicants should demonstrate a strong command of the English language and preliminary knowledge of participatory methods, principles, challenges, or settings in general. For example, knowledge on participation acquired through recent research, NGO work or volunteering. In this regard, we also appreciate applicants who show social commitment through private, professional or academic activities. Well-structured and complete applications are always a big plus.

High diversity of perspectives is essential for this school and citizen science in general. To ensure this, the organising team reserves the right to give preference to people based on their background. For example, in terms of discipline, the field of work, country of origin or gender.