Citizen Science in the Digital Age


Event Information

September 26, 2019, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

German Cultural Centre (OAG-Haus), Akasaka 7-5-56, Minato-ku, 107-0052 Tokyo
Organizer(s): German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Nippon Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA), DWIH Tokyo

The progress of digital technology creates new opportunities in all areas of the civil society. The expansion of citizen science is one example. With citizens taking part in research activities, their understanding about science deepens. At the same time, citizen science activities are helpful for supporting scientific researches and advancements. Nevertheless, compared to the natural sciences, practices of citizen science in the social sciences and the humanities  are rare.

Combining experiences and insights by leading experts from Japan and abroad, our conference will take a closer look at the opportunities and challenges for citizen science in social sciences and the humanities. Where and how can civil society get engaged? What are the potential benefits? What risks need to be addressed? How can respective collaborations be initiated and coordinated? How will this effect both society and research in social sciences and the humanities?

Language: English/Japanese (Simultaneous translation)

Admission: free

Registration and contact: (Please, register until Sep 19, 2019.)


09:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome Dorothea Mahnke (DWIH Tokyo)
10:15 Introduction Reiko Kanda (NIRA)
10:30 Keynote: Same but Different – Citizen Science in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Martina Franzen (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities)
11:15 Keynote: Data-driven Society and the Citizen Science
Masaru Kitsuregawa (National Institute of Informatics)
12:00 Lunch break
13:15 Panel discussion
Martina Franzen (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities)
Kazuhiro Hayashi (National Institute of Science and Technology Policy)
Shohei Yonemoto (University of Tokyo)
Tsutomu Watanabe (University of Tokyo)
Moderator: Noriyuki Yanagawa (University of Tokyo and NIRA)
14:45 Concluding remarks Franz Waldenberger (DIJ Tokyo)
15:00 Networking
16:00 End