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

How can we apply participatory methods and procedures in research? Which competences and skills are important for process design and facilitation of participatory research processes?
In order to solve complex problems, the involvement of citizens is crucial in participatory research and at the same time challenging, e.g. in order to reach the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Designing and facilitating research processes professionally allows to prepare the right working environment in order to support all involved people to reach the envisaged goals.
In this workshop you will be enabled to develop basis competences for process design and facilitation of knowledge co-production through participatory research in different research contexts or fields. We will interactively discuss challenges and principles of good participatory process design and facilitation and test diverse methods and tools.
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 which may e.g. be 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 the design and facilitation of participatory research processes.


Petra Biberhofer, PhD, Participatory Science Academy, Website
Dr. sc. ETHZ Ruth Förster, dr. ruth förster - training & beratung, Referentin ETHZ u.a., LinkedIn

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: 25.11. and 2.12.2020, 9.00-17.30

Language: English

Format: Online

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


Registration deadline: 11.11.
Cancellation deadline: 04.11. (for cancellation, please continue to this page)

The course is fully booked. We recommend to check again for available course places between 04.11. and 11.11 via the UZH booking tool or the online registration form.


Do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiries.