ScienceComm’15: Engagement Through Participation

swissnex San Francisco’s Head of Science Programs gives a talk on the citizen science aspects of the Data Canvas initiative at the ScienceComm’15 conference.

Event Details


Kultur- und Tagungszentrum Landhaus
Solothurn, 4500 Switzerland


September 24, 2015 from 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm Europe/Zurich (UTC+02:00)


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swissnex San Francisco’s Benjamin Bollmann presents a talk titled “Engagement Through Participation” at ScienceComm’15, Switzerland’s leading science communication conference, in Solothurn.

Under the conference theme “Open Science/Citizen Science,” Bollmann, who is Head of Science Programs at swissnex, focuses his presentation on the methods and outcomes of Data Canvas: Sense Your City and the Data Art Challenge. Specifically, he shares lessons learned from those projects about how humanizing data and gamifying data collection can amplify research efforts. And he highlights the pros and cons of DIY sensors and open data sets for public use.

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ScienceComm is a two-day annual conference that brings together Swiss science communication experts and offers them a platform for exchanging views and information. The conference is intended for representatives of higher education institutions, science festivals, press and public relations offices, the arts, museums, institutes of education, science journalists, and politicians involved in education policies.

ScienceComm’15 takes place on September 24 and 25, 2015, at the Kultur- und Tagungszentrum Landhaus in Solothurn, Switzerland. This year’s themes are “Open Science/ Citizen Science” (transparency aspects, access to and participation in science) and “Crisis of Science” (integrity of science and society’s faith in science).

Data Canvas, a partnership between swissnex San Francisco, Gray Area Foundation, and Lift, is a global civic engagement initiative to address urban issues through the use of data and data art. The goal of the initiative is to make citizens informed and active participants of smart cities. For our current project, Data Canvas: Sense Your City, we deployed 100 DIY air quality sensors in homes, offices, and labs in seven cities across three continents. We opened the data in an interactive map, reached over 120,000 people worldwide, and held a Data Art Challenge that existed online and encouraged using our open data in a creative and actionable way. The winning projects are being showcased worldwide to provide the communications bases for educational workshops.