At the beginning of June, 44 PhD students from both sciences and humanities, selected from universities across Europe, participated in the LERU summer school “Citizen Science – nexus between research and public engagement” organised by the University of Zurich (UZH) – and I was one of the lucky nominees of LMU Munich. I must admit that before attending the summer school I didn’t know all too much about the topic. Within a week however, I had not only learned about the scope of citizen science projects, but I had even created one with other participants during the “Citizen Science Hack Day”! Therefore, I want to share my experiences and some of my newfound knowledge of citizen science. I will elaborate on whether you can use citizen science for your purposes (spoiler: you probably can), and I will also include some tips on what to do Zürich (spoiler: it involves cheese).
When I first read about this summer school, I realised two things: that it would be incredibly intense and demanding, and that it would fundamentally shape the way I see science. I remember hesitating whether to apply, but I had previously taken part in an 8 week summer school in Switzerland and it was an amazing experience. So why not do it again? Continue reading “My experience at the Neurobiology Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole”