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Civil Science Project Starts the First Fieldwork Phase

November 22nd, 2018
Civil Science Project Starts the First Fieldwork Phase

Camera image evaluation. (C) Milena Stillfried

In Berlin, wild animals are part of the urban landscape. However, where and how these wild mammals live is still unclear. The civil science project "Wild Animal Researchers in Berlin" wants to find out more. The participants set up a wildlife camera on their own property for four weeks.

Not only the press review shows (Deutschlandfunk reported) that the project was received with great interest: Since the number of civic scientists in the fieldwork phases is limited to 200, it was necessary to select from the large number of applicants so that the cameras were distributed as evenly as possible throughout the city of Berlin. After the first fieldwork phase in autumn 2018, there will be three more rounds of this project each lasting two months until summer 2020.

The IPN participates in the research of this civil science project to learn more about the research experience of the participants. The survey of the participants shows what the civil scientists take with them from the project and helps to shape future civil science projects so that citizens broaden their knowledge. Civil science projects should not only help scientists gain data and information. They should also give the participants knowledge about the respective field of research and the scientific way of working. However, little research exists to date on whether civic sciences actually meet these requirements.

The joint project WTimpact

WTimpact is a joint project of the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel, the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) in Berlin, the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) in Leipzig and the Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media (IWM) in Tübingen. Funding comes from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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Dr. Till Bruckermann
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