Citizen science competition - IOER and partners successful with project idea

With the project idea "Architectural heritage and climate-friendly construction in Dresden" (Baukultur und klimafreundliche Architektur in Dresden), the IOER, together with partners, is one of the winners in the "Ideensprint", the final of the citizen science competition "Auf die Plätze! Citizen science in your city". The three winning teams were honoured at the award ceremony on 20 October at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. With 50,000 euros in funding each, they can now implement the projects together with citizens until autumn 2023

The IOER submitted the project idea "Architectural heritage and climate-friendly construction in Dresden" 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 "Auf die Plätze! Citizen science in your city". In the final of the competition, the "Ideensprint", a total of five projects competed against each other. Until the end of September, the teams had time to develop their project outline into a concept. A competition jury evaluated the submissions. In addition, public points collected in an online voting were decisive for the selection of the winners.

On 20 October, the project team from Dresden received the award. The jury praised the concept "Architectural heritage and climate-friendly construction in Dresden" as very multifaceted and impressive. Among other things, the jury members rated the everyday relevance of the research topic, the large number of actors and supporters involved in the project, and the planned co-creative processes as particularly positive. The jury attests the project a high potential for a social impact and appreciates the high degree of open science/open source, which enables a transfer for other cities.

The planned citizen science project "Architectural heritage and climate-friendly construction in Dresden - mapping, researching and communicating building knowledge" 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 will become. 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 to contribute to the well-being of Dresden's citizens, for example through more heat-adapted building and renovation in the future. The first events in the city are planned for December 2022 and January 2023.

Scientific contact at the IOER
Dr Robert Hecht, e-mail:
Theodor Rieche, e-mail:
Follow the project team on Twitter: @colouringdd

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

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

FS Sachsen

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