Our Network

The primary target group of our work are UZH and ETHZ researchers and citizens of Zürich and its proximities, whereas our network expands beyond Zürich's and even Switzerland's borders.

Below, we present the regional, national and international partner organisations of the Participatory Science Academy.

In Zürich

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Digital Society Initiative

The Digital Society Initiative (DSI) was founded in 2016 at the University of Zurich. The DSI supports scientists in their research and teaching on digital change and is the competence center of the University of Zurich, where the effects of digitalization are concentrated and researched across all disciplines.



Zürcher Gemeinschaftszentren

From the neighbourhoods' different interests arise different ideas for participatory research projects. Together we connect people, offer an open programme and envision mutual learning and shared research as an important form of social participation and co-determination in Zurich.


Volkshochschule Zürich

General education for adults in the university sector, foreign languages, design, movement, communication; in the centre of Zurich. A broad spectrum of lecture series, courses and seminars on almost all fields of knowledge. No access barriers, registration obligatory.



Schweiz forscht

Schweiz forscht is Switzerland's platform for Citizen Science. We are in regular contact with the office of Schweiz forscht, part in network meetings and work together to raise awareness for Citizen Science within the Swiss landscape of higher education and the civil society. Schweiz forscht is also represented on the advisory board of the Participatory Science Academy.



Alte Anatomie - Forum für Medizin & Gesellschaft 

As a forum for medicine & society, Alte Anatome puts individuals and their experience in the centre of discussions over health topics. The forum's initiators are the University Hospital Zürich, the University of Zürich and the ETH. It is open to all.



The working group aims to intensify cooperation among German-speaking countries, to use and foster commonalities, to exchange best practice and to establish effective ways of (informal) exchange. We strive for a trilateral project consortium, strong international presence and synergies, and close cooperation in general. Moreover, the concern is to further develop CS in German-speaking countries in terms of content and quality and to identify and set priorities jointly.



EAWAG Cluster: ITD

Cluster: ITD (Inter- und Transdisciplinary Research) is part of Eawag – the ETH Domain's water research institute.



Open Mind Institute (OMI)

The OMI aims to promote the exchange between science and the public. It focuses on the communication and understanding of scientific thinking and scientific knowledge, as well as collaboration and co-creation within the field of education and research. The PSA and the OMI are open for exchange and cooperation in the field of Citizen Science, participatory research, and Open Science.

Science Lab


Science Lab UZH

Science Lab UZH is a program of the Faculty of Science with the aim of fostering the interest of teenagers and young adults in natural sciences. Science Lab UZH provides a modern and future oriented impression of natural sciences and promotes interdisciplinary skills through interactive and cross-disciplinary workshops.



WWU Münster

WWU Münster in Germany is one of the most active universities within Citizen Science in German-speaking areas. We are partners with the Innovation Office since 2018, also within the D-A-CH AG."

ETH Library LAB


ETH Library Lab

The ETH Library Lab at ETH Zurich is an incubator aiming to strengthen open knowledge ecosystems. It facilitates and accelerates projects that are contributing to the advancement of scientific information infrastructure and services. With its "Innovator Fellowship Program", it welcomes thinkers and doers, whose ideas have the power to reshape workflows and information environments for the future of science. The lab is an initiative of ETH Library.



Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Zürich NGZH

The Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Zürich NGZH is a scholar's society founded in 1746 to promote the natural sciences. Today, it is particularly committed to the dialogue between individual disciplines and the interested public.



MATTER Lab is a research lab within the Child Mind Institute that builds and applies technologies such as wearable devices, mobile apps, and analytics tools to help diagnose, assess, monitor, and improve mental health.


Senior Citizens' University UZH3

The University of Zurich's Senior Citizens' University supports the acquirement of education, the critical reflection of and participation in research, and the social, cultural and physical engagement of elderly people. We are particularly connected to the Senior Citizens' University by our commitment to participation in research. Within the framework of the “Forschung" working group, we work together with the managing office and members of the Senior Citizens' University.



Zentralbibliothek Zürich

The Zentralbibliothek Zürich's (ZB) strategic task is to support and help shape the collaboration of professional and volunteer researchers. Within the framework of various Citizen Science projects, volunteers contribute their knowledge to research and make it available to the public.



BIH QUEST Center for Responsible Research

The QUEST Center for Responsible Research at the Charité in Berlin engages with participatory health research. Together, we exchange and discuss new ways to implement participatory approaches in medicine and health sciences.