Associated with Botanical Garden of the University Vienna, University of Innsbruck

Presenting the first co-created project on the topic soil: Boden – darauf stehen wir

From 7th to 9th April,  2017 the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna, in partnership with a school in Lower Austria, presented the results of its first co-creation project. The event gave students and the garden the opportunity to showcase the results of their efforts and explain the advantages of the co-creation approach. Through this they reached an audience of around 16,000 visitors, 30 of whom are keen to be involved in upcoming co-creation sessions at the garden. Activities at the event focused on the topic of soil, which was hit upon quickly during discussions. 

Students working on their co-created experimentsStudents working on their co-created experiments. Photo credit: Dr Gunter Gortan

December 2016 saw the launch of the process when the garden visited HLUW Yspertal school, a school with an emphasis on the environment and economics. The students were invited to help develop an exhibition and experiments about soil for children their age and to present their work at the garden during the event on 7th to 9th April. Throughout the process, garden staff kept in close contact with the teacher and students, through face-to-face meetings and even a WhatsApp group. The results of this process were extremely diverse and appealing to visitors who were invited to have a go. 

Even bad weather was no problem for kids trying out the new co-created activitesEven bad weather was no problem for kids trying out the new co-created activities. Photo credit: Birgit Schlag-Edler

The results will be evaluated and  used by the “Grüne Schule” of the botanic garden and during upcoming BigPicnic activities to highlight the advantages of the co-creation approach.