Citizen Science Advanced: Designing and facilitating participatory research processes competently (online course)

How can we deploy participatory methods and procedures in research? Which competences and skills are important for process design and for facilitation of participatory researchs?

Competently designed and facilitated research processes foster an adequate and supportive working environment for the people involved to reach their goals. In this workshop, participants learn to develop basic competences for process design and facilitation of knowledge co-production through participatory research in different research contexts or fields. Interactive discussions of the challenges and principles of good participatory process design and facilitation and the testing of diverse methods and tools are key elements.

Based on these experiences we want to support you to plan and implement participatory design, methods and tools in your individual research context. Therefore, we will combine theoretical inputs with “learning by doing” in interactive exercises, in group work and plenary discussions. We will integrate the participants’ implementation contexts for participatory research, such as research projects, decision making, policy-development or implementation.

Learning Objectives:

The participants

  • Know design-principles and selected methods and tools for sound participatory process design and facilitation.
  • Know the main phases for participatory research design and the differing roles of researchers and involved citizens.
  • Can apply selected design principles for participatory process design and facilitation on concrete examples from practices
  • Can choose and apply methods and tools for designing and facilitating participatory research processes


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Target participants:
Doctorate or PhD students, Postdocs of all universities and disciplines who plan and perform participatory research projects or participatory research formats, such as workshops with citizens, or would like to optimize ongoing research. Participants’ own cases are very welcome.

Dates: 23.04. and 27.04.2021, 9.00-17.30

Language: English

Format: Online

ECTS-Points: 1 ECTS (in accordance with the respective faculty)

Registration: Participants may register via the  UZH booking tool. If you are not matriculated at UZH then you must apply for  Module Mobility in order to book the course.

Practitioners please contact us directly for their registration.


Do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiries.