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Supported Projects

1st Round of Funding (2019)

Project leaders:

Prof. Dr. Dr. Andrea Icks / Sandra Grobosch: Institute for Health Services Research and Health Economics, Prof. Dr. Stefan Wilm / Dr. Oliver Rudolf Herber: Institute of General Practice, Prof. Dr. Heiner Fangerau: Department of the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Ute Jüngling: Deutsche Diabetes-Hilfe

Project description:

Supported by the Joint Federal Committee, GestDiNa is a research project which examines the follow-up care process for patients with gestational diabetes. This form of diabetes occurs frequently and is accompanied by an increased risk of metabolic disorders for the affected women and their children.

This project, now financed with HHU funds, facilitates project participation of patients and citizens as co-researchers. This could entail for example working together with scientists to develop patient questionnaires, to plan interviews with doctors and/or to participate during the evaluation of the questionnaires and interviews. Furthermore they can play a central role in developing methods for conveying research results to the public. The project enables patients and citizens to become closely involved in healthcare research and, as co-researchers, to enrich the project with their skill and expertise. A common approach made up of different perspectives can lead to a learning process for all those involved in the project. In addition, a course should be set for the co-researchers to be able to help follow-up in the development of a care model tailored to the needs of the patients.

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Project leaders:

Dr. Anna Soßdorf / Dr. Witold Mucha / Viviana Warnken B.A.: Social Sciences Institute, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Project description:

This research project, in cooperation with Dusseldorf school students involved with the Fridays for Future movement, aims at understanding the organisation and workings of the local Fridays for Future movement. How do they mobilise their supporters – for example what role does social media play here? How do they communicate their requests to political decision makers? Also dealt with is the question as to how much potential Fridays for Future has to reach different areas of society and to integrate into political processes more strongly – without being dependent on an icon, like Greta Thunberg, or on a specific topic, such as climate change. The participating youth are to collaborate with scientists on an equal footing and, among other things, take part in BarCamps to the determine research questions and help decide on their further development in the course of the project. By participating in the research process, these school students are able to gain insight into how science actually works.

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Project leaders:

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ruben van de Vijver / Jasmin Pfeifer, M.A.: Department for General Linguistics, Institute for Language and Information Science, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Project description:

This project aims at investigating the local dialect “Stänichä” together with citizens of the town of Steinach in southern Thuringia, thereby opening the process of scientific research through diverse participatory forms. For example, citizen scientists will record and evaluate samples of dialect as well as consult their fellow citizens about their vernacular. The project will not only result in the first dictionary of the Steinach dialect, it will also create a “vernacular trail” which the citizens of Steinach themselves construct using display boards with dialect.

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