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WTimpact: The influence of collaborative knowledge development on attitudes and emotions

Working groupKnowledge Construction Lab
FundingFederal Ministry of Education and Research
Project description

Whether it is record disks, pay back points, or garden gnoms: More than 50% of the citizens in Germany collect something. In so-called Citizen Science projects, citizens are increasingly collecting data about e.g. wildlife animals or bats. Yet, little is known so far about the success factors of these projects. Therefore, the aim of the WTimpact project is to investigate how to optimally design Citizen Science projects.

Scientists and citizens are increasingly working together which is called Citizen Science. Citizen Science projects should help scientists gather data and information. Simultaneously, these projects should also help citizens gather knowledge about the research topic and scientific research process.

Until now, little is known about the influence of Citizen Science projects on its participants. Therefore, the aim of this research project “WTimpact: Collaborative knowledge creation as transfer instrument – from knowledge transfer to knowledge exchange” is to learn more about such influences. These new findings should help design Citizen Science projects in such a way as to make participants profit optimally from them.

The subproject of the IWM investigates (1) how citizen scientists experience their participation in the Best-Practice examples (monitoring of terrestrial mammals and bats, and air quality and weather in the city, respectively), (2) how citizen scientists perceive the topics of each Best-Practice example, and (3) what citizen scientists take home from their participation in the Best-Practice examples. First, questionnaires will be developed which later will be tested in field studies as well as laboratory studies. Moreover, the whole joint research project will develop a transfer instrument together. Finally, the findings from all subprojects will be combined and recommendations for the application of the transfer instrument in other knowledge contexts will be formulated.


Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research