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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) using the ScapeLabs as demonstration sites.

The BiPoLabs assess the impact of different governance frameworks, policies and land use practices on biodiversity in specific landscapes. With these activities we aim to develop a transdisciplinary synthesis across biological, social and political sciences to provide evidence-based feedback for conservation policy and practice development. For their spatial implementation in actual landscapes, the BiPoLabs are associated with the ScapeLabs.

  1. Implementing and evaluating different concepts and formats of citizen participation in research projects, using, amongst other things, the internet platform “Portal Beee”.

As a Citizen Science infrastructure, the communication platform Portal Beee - Biodiversität erkennen, erforschen, erhalten (identification, investigation and conservation of biodiversity) lists Citizen Science projects in Berlin and Brandenburg, provides background information and allows citizen scientists to enter their data via the website Stadtwildtiere.

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 aim 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.