The University of Zurich's Graduate Campus was chosen to host this year's LERU Doctoral Summer School on the topic of “Citizen Science – nexus between research and public engagement.” The participants of the summer school were asked to develop their own citizen science project during a one-day hack-session. Seven projects were presented to a jury, which chose “Let’s WakeApp” – an alarm clock study – as the most promising project. The participants chose “AsbeStop,” an asbestos photography project, as their favorite project. The two winning teams presented their projects at this year’s Annual Ceremony of the Graduate Campus and were awarded with seed money to realize their projects from the Competence Center Citizen Science of UZH and ETHZ.
During the second part of the Annual Ceremony, the Mercator Awards 2017 were presented to three outstanding junior researchers of UZH: Dr. Timo Mennle, Department of Informatics, Irene Garonna, Department of Geography, and Dr. Stefan Leins, Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. We portrayed the Mercator Awardees in short films, showcasing their research. You can find two of the films on our Facebook account. We have also created a picture gallery and posted some articles on the Graduate Campus Annual Ceremony 2017 and the LERU Summer School.