Citizen science in theory and practice

Please find here all the information about our summer school.


DATE: Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE: extended untill 31 July 2018


TARGET GROUP: Students with a Master’s degree, PhD candidates, Post-Docs, People interested in conducting a citizen science project


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. 



Peter BROWN (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge)

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

Didone FRIGERIO (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)

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

Andrea SIEBER (Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt)




    • What is citizen science?


    • Study design


    • Communication (i.e. recruitment and motivation of citizens)


    • Data analysis


    • Presenting and Publishing the results



The summer school 2018: Citizen Science in Theory and Practice takes place at the JUFA Hotel Almtal, Hinterrinnbach 17, 4645 Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria.



An informal registration with a letter of motivation should be directed to Sigrid Hager ( Due to the maximum number of 30 participants, applicants will get individually invited to register until 31 July 2018 after consideration of the applications.



The fee of € 170,00 incl. tax, includes access to 5 days of lectures and practical course work, accommodation, coffee breaks and all meals at JUFA according to the programme. VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows can apply for reimbursement. Social events and optional hiking tour are not included in the fee or topic for reimbursement. We reserved 2-bed rooms at the JUFA Hotel Almtal for all participants.



Responsible for this student organised summer school are the following VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows: Verena Pühringer-Sturmayr, Lara Iaiza and Arno Cimadom, all University of Vienna, supported by the VDS CoBeNe organisational assistant Sigrid Hager.