Facilitating Participatory Research Processes

How can we facilitate collaboration in participatory research among citizens and scientists with diverse knowledge, goals, values and working practices? How can we meet challenges in participatory settings through the art of facilitation?
This workshop provides an overview of the function, principles, basic techniques, and methods for facilitating the participatory involvement of citizens.
Participants are given an initial idea of how to implement process facilitation in concrete research contexts and projects.
We will deal with the challenges in participatory settings and how to meet them. In addition to short theoretical inputs, interactive exercises and plenary discussions allow for a multi-layered engagement with facilitation. Participants' contexts of application will be integrated into the workshop and may include research projects, participatory decision-making processes and policy development and implementation.

In addition, we advise registering for the advanced module on research design which serves as a complementary module.

Learning objectives 


  • know central challenges that need to be addressed in participatory Citizen Science research processes.
  • know the basic function, principles, selected techniques and methods of process facilitation to meet challenges. 
  • have clarity about their potential role and competencies needed for process facilitation in Citizen Science
  • can generate initial ideas on how to implement process facilitation in their concrete project.


Dr. sc. ETHZ Ruth Förster, dr. ruth förster - training & beratung, Referentin ETHZ, Hochschule Luzern u.a., LinkedIn

Target participants

The course invites participants from all disciplines and fields of work: 

  • PhD students and post-docs already involved in a participatory research process, who will be and/or who want to learn more about Citizen Science and participatory research processes
  • Project leaders (citizens and researchers) of Citizen Science projects or participatory research projects
Language English
Duration 4 hours

Tue, 13.12.2022, 13.30 - 17.30

Registration Registration closed
Attendance of the basis module is a prerequisite for attending the advanced modules
Locations University of Zurich, RAA-E-30, Rämistrasse 59, 8006 Zürich


1 ECTS credit for visiting the basis module and 3 advanced modules or more

Course fee 50.- CHF
Participation for PhD students is free of charge