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Currently, Citizen Scientists from all over Switzerland work together with researchers from EPFL in Citizen Think Tanks, elaborating scenarios for post-COVID-19 futures. The outcomes of the sessions will be published here.

Citizen Think Tank 1: « Mon logement à l’épreuve du confinement: quelles orientations pour l’après ? »; Dates: 28.05.2020 et 11.06.2020, 18:00-20:00

Citizen Think Tank 2: « La route, c’est la vie: repenser notre mobilité pour l’après COVID-19 » ; Dates : 27.05.2020 et 10.06.2020, 18:00-20:00

Citizen Think Tank 3: « Vivre plus localement après le coronavirus? Scénarios d’avenir pour les économies locales »; Dates: 28.05.2020 et 11.06.2020, 18:00-20:00

Citizen Think Tank 4: « Traçage des contacts et suivi numérique »; Dates: 28.05.2020 et 11.06.2020, 18:00-20:00

Citizen Think Tank 5: « Stay home today, travel tomorrow: Scenarios for Swiss travel & tourism recovery »; Dates: 27.05.2020 et 10.06.2020, 18:00-20:00

Why this project ?

Around the world, political decision-makers have restricted individual mobility in the public spaces in order to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this situation, inhabitants of Switzerland are asked to limit their travels to “vital” and “essential” ones (grocery, health, child care, 1st line jobs, etc.). The social, spatial and temporal organization of everyday lives are heavily disrupted. In this situation, health specialists, sociologists, psychologists and activists warn about the potential impact of containment measures on the mental, physical and social wellbeing of those affected by them. This concerns the entire population, yet experiences of the lockdown are multiple and social groups are unevenly affected by it. How does it intersect with gender, age, class or race inequalities? How does it differ from one Canton to another?

Facing the Covid-19 crisis requires research practices that respond to the state of urgency and enable collaboration between experts and citizens concerned. Heterogeneous research teams allow for integrating different perspectives, experiences and knowledges to better understand and transform the given situation.

In that context, Social Sciences play a crucial role. They offer an analytical frame for understanding what the stakes of lockdown measures are from societal, political, psychological, economical, etc. points of view. Questioning individual and collective experiences, they give visibility to links and relations shared between people, things, and livings species. Social Sciences furthermore offer tools in order to act. Well established methods help documenting critical moments. Ultimately, they can help sharing knowledge with public authorities and creating common practices among the population in order to better prepare future potential crises.

We pursue three main goals:

  1. From a scientific perspective: Assessing and monitoring how different population groups experience, adapt to and cope with the Covid-19 crisis and the related policy responses in Switzerland; comparing the Swiss situation with other national contexts.
  2. From a citizen perspective: sharing and discussing the current situation and therefore building a sense of belonging; developing a reflexive relationship towards the situation; accessing information and existing support tools related to economic, social or health risks to navigate the Covid-19 crisis.
  3. From a collective and educational perspective: Enabling mutual learning and co-producing coping strategies between citizen scientists and experts to tackle negative effects of Covid-19 related measures and to better prepare future potential crisis.

Join the Swiss Corona Citizen Science Team !

Answer few questions to tell us about how you feel!

Ready to talk with us about the effect of the containment on your life?
Please contact CoronaCitizenScience@epfl.ch

Contribute to our mobile crowdsourcing through the civique app !

Join our platform for interaction and become part of a Citizen Think Tank! We will discuss issues identified through the survey and/or emerging from crowdsourcing activities

People involved

Laboratoire de Sociologie Urbaine - LASUR : Vincent Kaufmann, Laurie Daffe, Garance Clément
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Human Environment Relations in Urban Systems - HERUS : Claudia R. Binder, Livia Fritz, Ulli Vilsmaier, Anna Pagani

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Institut de psychologie - IP : Marie Santiago Delefosse
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Extended team : Juliana González (EPFL, LASUR), Félicien Goguey (EPFL, Artist), Pekka Halla (EPFL, HERUS), Nazanin Rezaei Oghazi (EPFL, LIPID), Melissa Pang (EPFL, HERUS), Anna Karla de Almeida Santos (EPFL, Lab-U)
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Contacts us

  • E-mail: CoronaCitizenScience@epfl.ch

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