Citizens Create Knowledge

15_DBU_Bild_Florian Pappert

Credits: Florian Pappert


***NEW RESOURCE: Citizen Science for all - A guide for citizen science practitioners***

The “Citizens Create Knowledge (BürGEr schaffen WISSen or GEWISS)” is a joint project created by a consortium of scientific institutions and partners in order to support and develop citizen science in Germany (2014-2016). GEWISS is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF); additional funding for the online platform is provided by the Stifterverband Deutscher Wissenschaft.

GEWISS consists of two projects conducted to support each other:

  • A capacity-building program is focused on further developing citizen science through events and development of a strategy and practical toolkit. For more information, please e-mail:
    gewiss [at]
  • An online platform seeks to connect current citizen science projects to each other and increase public awareness of citizen science. For more information, please e-mail:
    info [at]

The project is conducted in German, but we are happy discuss our work and answer questions in English. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the project coordinators.


Project leads
Aletta Bonn (iDiv/UFZ) & Katrin Vohland (MfN)

Coordination: Capacity-Building Program
Lisa Pettibone (MfN) & Anett Richter (iDiv/UFZ)


Coordination: Online Platform
Wiebke Rettberg (WiD) & David Ziegler (MfN)