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Friday, May 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
A-08: Symposium: Citizen Science Communication - Connecting across disciplines

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Citizen Science Communication - Connecting Across Disciplines
Organizer: Susanne Hecker - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research/German Centre for integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
"Citizen science is one of the most dramatic developments in science communication in the last generation." Bruce V. Lewenstein (Lewenstein, 2016) Citizen science and science communication are both relatively young and highly inter- and transdisciplinary fields of research (Gascoigne et al., 2010; Jordan, Crall, Gray, Phillips, & Mellor, 2015). This symposium is a first cut to explore how the respective underlying concepts intertwine in theory and practice, and invites researchers and practitioners of both fields. Following Lewenstein's quote, we need to ask: how does citizen science contribute to the dramatic development in science communication? What is new and innovative about it? What is the development? Undeniably, science communication in citizen science has moved from a one-way communication towards a multi-directional exchange (Trench, 2006). From a citizen science perspective, we ask: What opportunities does science communication provide for citizen science activities beyond outreach? Where can science communication help citizen science project coordinators to face the challenges throughout the process? How can science communication empower all those involved in citizen science for enhanced exchange and reasoning? Citizen science and the process of engaging stakeholders and participants needs adequate flexibility as dialogue and interaction might develop in unforeseen ways and need respective translation process. The aim of this symposium is to investigate the synthesis and innovative potential of citizen science and science communication. We want to shed light on theory and best practice of citizen science communication as well as allow for dialogue and convergence of both disciplines to eventually cross-fertilise.


Beyond the deficit model - Communication in citizen science
Susanne Hecker, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research/German Centre for integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Citizen Journalism as a tool/new skill for citizen science projects - Best case study, Futurium Berlin, Germany
Monique Luckas, Futurium gGmbH

Science and Public Engagement
Bernard Schiele, Faculty of Communication, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada

What are the interesting questions about citizen science?
Bruce V. Lewenstein, Cornell University

Friday May 19, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Meeting Rooms 2 & 3