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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, research results from BIBS are spread to the outside world and the interests of the various interest groups are taken into account in science.

  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 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.