University of Zurich
Prof. Dr. Daniel Wyler is currently the Strategic Advisor to the President of the University of Zurich. Formerly, he was the vice President for Science and Medicine at the University of Zurich 2008 - 2015 Born 1949, he obtained a diploma in Physics 1974 and his PhD in 1977. Prof. Wyler is well known for various research activities in theoretical particle physics and astroparticle physics. Activities in citizen science and open science: Prof. Wyler has many years of involvement in citizen science. His main activities are related to formulating guidelines and principles for sustainable and high quality projects and the incorporation of citizen science at universities with an eye on the general setting of science in society and academia. He is the author and initiator of LERU paper on citizen science and universities (2016), initiator and organisation of a Citizen Science Center in Zurich (ETH and University of Zurich), author of a book chapter for ECSA (European Citizen Science Association) on citizen science at universities (2017). Prof. Wyler published several articles and talks on citizen science at meetings, including the ECSA annual meeting in Barcelona (2015) and at a meeting of the advisory group SWAFS (2016). He is also ember of EUA expert group on open science, co-organizer of open science activities of Swiss Academy of Natural Science and member of Swiss working group on Open Access strategy.
All Sessions by Daniel Wyler
Citizen Science: Involving Citizens in Research
Active participation of citizens in research is increasing, due to new IT technology and novel research questions that require the participation of many people, but also due to the trend towards‚ open science strongly advocated by the European Commission. This has led, in fields as varied as astronomy, linguistics or medicine to new insights and to a widening of research areas. I will argue that citizen science is a valid research method and should be part of research agendas and strategies at universities and other public institutions. Citizen science (and more generally open science) opens new ways in how universities interact with the general public. It can be an important element when universities reflect and negotiate their place and role in society; for instance, citizen science results can be relevant in policymaking. The advantages, fields of application and challenges of citizen science are discussed and illustrated; a set of considerations and guidelines for successful projects is formulated and elaborated.
Citizen Science: the Necessary Ingredients for a Successful Ensemble
Citizen Science, the active inclusion of citizens into research projects is expanding. On one hand, new (IT) technologies and novel research questions enable and often require lay people to contribute. On the other, politics, especially at the European level strongly encourage open science and in particular citizens participation. These developments may influence the role of science (and eventually education) in general and the perception of universities and their functioning in particular. In this presentation, I will trace these developments and necessary steps to channel them into a successful ensemble.