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BIBS Bridging Science and Society

The BIBS Bridging Science and Society Platform integrates three topics:

  1. Transdisciplinary science-policy-society research in the Biodiversity Policy Research Laboratories (BiPoLabs).

Through cooperation with selected interest groups such as authorities, NGOs, practitioners and nature conservationists and participation in various networks, the BiPoLabs contributed to spreading research results from BIBS to the outside world and taking into account of interests of the various interest groups within science. This happened mainly through consulting and advisory activities on different topics, and workshops on biodiversity topics to bring together different stakeholders. The BiPoLabs were also involved in the co-design of scientific projects, such as the implementation of the nation-wide insect monitoring in Berlin. Furthermore, research on pollinator protection in communal, regional, national and global strategies as well as research on public insect perception and opinion shaping was conducted.

The collaboration between the BIBS science institutions and the Berlin conservation departments was examined and strengthened through a workshop on knowledge transfer and a SWOT analysis on knowledge and networking needs. As a result, the BIBS public relations activities were extended (see below).

  1. Implementing and evaluating different concepts and formats of citizen participation in research projects.

As a Citizen Science infrastructure, the website "Stadtwildtiere Berlin" lists Citizen Science projects in Berlin and Brandenburg, provides background information and allows citizen scientists to enter their data via the website.

Within BIBS, linking science and society plays a key role. A promising tool to achieve this is Citizen Science, the active participation of “non-scientists” in research projects. Ideally, this creates a win-win-situation: Participants obtain information on relevant topics and insights into the scientific process, while scientists achieve access to community knowledge and can collate samples on large temporal and spatial scales. Furthermore, this process has the potential to make scientific research more accessible to society and to increase the acceptance of research topics and findings.

The BIBS Citizen Science coordinators aimed to increase the number of Citizen Science projects within BIBS and provide support for planning and implementing such projects.

  1. BIBS public relations activities by using the website as well as other communication tools.

The BIBS blog was installed as a platform to summarize and translate scientific findings during the BIBS project to the public.

With the BIBS dialogues, a series of lectures and discussions for exchange between science and practice were established.