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Citizen Science School

Speakers & Trainers

Keynote Speakers

Muki Haklay

Dr. Daniel DörlerCitizen Science Network Austria, Österreich forscht

Daniel Dörler studied Zoology at the University of Vienna and did his PhD in Ecology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. During his PhD-studies, Daniel coordinated a project with a citizen science-approach and co-founded the Citizen Science Network Austria (CSNA) and its associated online platform Österreich forscht. Since 2015, he is one of the coorganizers of the Austrian Citizen Science Conference and has been in the scientific committee of several international conferences (among others ECSA 2018 and 2020). Currently, Daniel is involved in the citizen science project Roadkill and is chairing several working groups in the CSNA and ECSA, including the Citizen Science Networks working group, which aims to formulate criteria for national citizen science platforms.

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Florian Heigl


Dr. Florian HeiglCitizen Science Network Austria, Österreich forscht

Florian Heigl studied Agroecology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and finished his PhD in road ecology at the same university. Since 2013 he is involved in conducting citizen science projects in higher education, with school children and with the general public. Florian coordinates the citizen science project Roadkill and co-founded the Citizen Science Network Austria and its associated online platform Österreich forscht in 2014. In the CSNA he is head of three working groups including the working group on quality criteria for citizen science projects on Österreich forscht.

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Hindou Oumarou IbrahimAFPAT, IPACC

Indigenous woman, environmental activist and member of Chad’s pastoralist Mbororo People, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim began advocating for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and environmental protection at age 12, founding the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad AFPAT.

Hindou is dedicated to the protection of all Indigenous Peoples, from the Congo to the Arctic, from the Himalaya to the Pacific. Her vision is to strengthen Indigenous Peoples’ traditional knowledge, technologies, and science to fight against climate change and to protect biodiversity. In Chad, she has introduced new income revenue activities for women and collaborative tools such as 2D and 3D participatory mapping to protect land rights, build sustainable ecosystems management, and reduce nature-based resource conflicts.

She is a member of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee IPACC and served as co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change at the historic UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

Hindou’s work with indigenous communities at the local and global level has achieved broad recognition including the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award and the 2020 Refugees International's Richard C. Holbrooke  Award.
Here you can find a beautiful documentation of her work in Chad. 



Yvonne Riaño


Prof. Dr. Yvonne Riaño
University of NeuchâtelYvonne Riaño is an Associate Professor at the Geography Institute of the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), where she direct the Association of Swiss Geographers (ASG) and chair Switzerland's National Committee for the International Geographical Union (IGU). She studied contemporary geographies of inequality and injustice in European and South American cities and the Colombia-Venezuela border. Using a feminist intersectional perspective, Yvonne is interested in understanding the professional integration of migrants and their coping strategies, transnational mobility strategies in zones of geopolitical conflict, and gender equality. She is passionate about participatory research methods and their possibilities for social engagement and scientific innovation. Yvonne uses documentaries to communicate the realities experienced by transnational migrants, giving a voice to women in particular.

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Ruth Förster

Dr. Ruth FörsterDr. sc. ETHZ, dr. ruth förster training & beratung, chair saguf Working Group education for sustainable development

Ruth Förster has long-term experience and expertise in designing and facilitating transdisciplinary collaboration and learning processes particularly in higher education and research for sustainable development, f.e. in ETH Zurich and University of Basel. She has a multidisciplinary background in mechanical and environmental engineering, didactics, Expressive Arts & Movement – the Tamalpa Life-Art process - and psychological counselling. Nowadays Ruth is working as consultant for designing transformative learning environments as well as personal coach with emphasis on transition processes.

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Dr. Annette Jenny
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW )

Annette Jenny is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR) of ZHAW. She is a social and environmental psychologist with in-depth experience on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, as well as on how to design and evaluate projects in the most impact-oriented way. Previously, Annette has worked for various NGOs and foundations and was a project manager and member of the board of directors in a private research and consultancy office. She therefore has a lot of practical as well as academic experience.

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Pia Viviani

Pia Vivianicatta gmbh, founder and director

Pia Viviani has a background in biotechnology, scenography, nonprofit management and science communication. Working for the foundation Science et Cité she established the Swiss citizen network schweiz forscht and therefore knows diverse Swiss citizen science projects. She was a steering committee member of the European Citizen Science Association ECSA when initiating and planning the ECSA conference 2018 in Geneva. In Spring 2019, Pia founded her own company catta gmbh for consulting, initiating and managing citizen science projects in Switzerland.

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Johanna Barnbeck


Johanna BarnbeckSpread the Nerd, artistic researcher & creative consultant
Johanna Barnbeck is the founder of Spread the Nerd, a Berlin-based agency for science communication and format development. She studied Cultural Analysis and Artistic Research in Amsterdam and realized a research project with visitor participation at the Rijksmuseum. As an artistic researcher and creative consultant Johanna develops strategies, concepts, art installations and creative formats for research projects, universities and scientific institutions and helps implementing them. She works at the intersection of art, design, science and technology and leads interdisciplinary teams with different backgrounds from in- and outside academia. As a lecturer at the NaWik, she teaches visualization courses.

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