Citizen Science

What is Citizen Science
or Open Innovation?

Citizen Science, Open Innovation, Co-Creation, Crowdsourcing – science starts to open up: More and more citizens support researchers. They measure, observe, map. They work on a voluntary basis in scientific projects and enrich science with their special know-how and exciting new points of view.


Citizen Science Award 2019: Everyone can participate!

Since 1 April, school classes and individuals have been invited to participate in seven research projects. The various activities range from working with historical materials and  discussing an open concept of home to bird watching and the mapping of urban green spaces and waste in nature. The most enthusiastic citizen scientists will win prizes of up to 2,000 euros at the festive award ceremony on 19 November 2019 in Vienna. 

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Sign up for the event Citizen Science & Law II

Who owns a picture and what can I do with it legally? At the joint event by the Center for Citizen Science, the Citizen Science Network Austria (CSNA) and the Open Science Network Austria (OANA), as well as the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, project leaders will discuss "rights to images", copyrights and licensing rights in citizen science projects together with experts. Further information and registration can be found HERE

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Networking meeting to define terminologies in citizen science

Citizen science, public engagement and also science communication are familiar terms but are often used in a different way. Thus, the second networking meeting of young science and citizen science contacts aimed at finding a common understanding of concepts related to the cooperation between science, schools and the public. A summary of the event and the presentation from the keynote by Citizen Science Network Austria can be found HERE.

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What is Responsible Science?

Responsible Science actively involves the civil society in research and innovation processes in order to handle current challenges more effectively and in accordance with the values, expectations and needs of society. A new video by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research and the Center for Citizen Science illustrates the research concept based on four criteria. 

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Wanted: Young Science Ambassadors

So far, 126 scientists volunteer as Young Science Ambassadors. Due to the high interest of schools in visits from scientists, the Young Science Center, a focal point at the Center for Citizen  Science, is looking for scientists to visit schools and talk about their daily routine and research. If you are interested in becoming the next Young Science Ambassador, send an email to

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Take part! Start of the participatory phase in the creation of digital teaching and learning materials

Supported by the Innovationsstiftung für Bildung, eight projects will start in February 2019 in which teachers, pupils and learners in adult education will work together with experts to further develop digital learning materials.
Participation phase: 1 February to 30 June 2019

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