Citizen science competition - IOER with project proposal in the final

With its project idea "Architectural heritage and climate-friendly construction in Dresden" (Baukultur und klimafreundliche Architektur in Dresden), the IOER and its partners are among the finalists in the citizen science competition "Auf die Plätze! Citizen Science in your city". In October, it will be decided which three projects will receive the funding for implementation. Until 25 September, the project teams could collect public points via online voting.

The IOER and its partners received 592 votes for their project idea in the online voting in the Citizen Science competition "Auf die Plätze! Citizen Science in your city". This means that the project outline “Architectural heritage and climate-friendly construction in Dresden - mapping, researching and communicating building knowledge” has reached third place in the voting. The points will be taken into account when the competition jury decides in October which three citizen science projects can be funded and thus implemented.

The planned Citizen Science project “Architectural heritage and climate-friendly construction in Dresden” will focus on bringing together the knowledge of Dresden residents about the city’s diverse buildings in a digital map and making it visible and usable. The more information that is collected on the online platform called “Colouring Dresden”, the more colourful the interactive city map of Dresden becomes. The information collected helps to close an enormous knowledge gap. How old are buildings, what materials are used, how are the buildings used and have they already been renovated for energy-efficiency? The resulting treasure trove of data is intended to help preserve Dresden's architectural heritage, to further develop the building stock in a resource- and climate-friendly way and also contribute to the well-being of Dresden's citizens, for example through more heat-adapted building and renovation in the future.

The IOER submitted the project idea together with the Association of German Architects (BDA), the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB) with its regional portal Saxorum and the ZfBK Centre for Building Culture Saxony to the citizen science competition. A total of five projects are now competing against each other in the final of the competition, the "Ideensprint".

Until 25 September, they had time to develop their project outline into a concept. The three projects teams that can convince the competition jury at the end will each receive 50,000 euros to put their project into practice together with the local citizens.

The competition

The competition “Auf die Plätze! Citizen science in your city” is being organised by Wissenschaft im Dialog, the joint initiative of German science for science communication, and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin in close cooperation with the citizen science platform Bürger schaffen Wissen (citizens create knowledge). The joint project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Further information on the citizen science competition

Scientific contact
Dr. Robert Hecht, e-mail:
Theodor Rieche, e-mail:

Follow the project team on Twitter: @colouringdd

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

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This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.