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Ongoing Projects

Amphibians & Reptiles in Austria
 Austria
amphibians, reptiles, herpetofauna

Which reptiles and amphibians are threatened by extinction in Austria? How can I find out, which species the animal I found belongs to?

Citizen Science Award 2017
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Ancient Textiles – Modern Hands
 independent of location
ancient, textiles, craftmanship

Textile artists, professional and leisure practitioners from around the world share their expertise in an experimental project on Late Antique Textiles.

Top Citizen Science 2016
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CiSciSusaki
 Samothraki, Greece
island, sustainability, future

The aim of the project is to promote a more sustainable future for the Greek island of Samothraki.

Top Citizen Science 2015
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CityOases
 Vienna
city oasis, urban green area, leisure activities

Where are the best places in the city for playing, for sport activities or for meeting with friends? Citizens find and share places in urban and green areas in Vienna. 

Citizen Science Award 2019
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Six-legged Livestock: Rearing Black Soldier Fly on Biowaste
 Innsbruck, Österreich
fly, waste, household

In exciting interactive workshops the participants will get to know more about the life and usefulness of the Black Soldier Fly.

Top Citizen Science 2017
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German in Austria
 Austria
language, German in Austria, scavenger hunt

Linguistic landscapes provide information on how people understand and perceive language(s). How does it look like in Austria?

Citizen Science Award 2019
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Epidemiology of inflammation and cardiovascular diseases
 independent of location
lifestyle, health, inflammation

Inflammatory processes are associated with various life style factors and increase the risks for myocardial infarction or stroke.

Top Citizen Science 2017
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Swallows as neighbors?
 District of Tulln, Lower Austria
birds, swallow nests, nestlings

Swallows live close to humans around their houses and farms. Where do they nest in the district of Tulln in Lower Austria?

Citizen Science Award 2019
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Food History @ exploreAT!
 Austria
food, history, food culture

Students inquire and document the history of food in everyday life. 

Citizen Science Award 2019
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Doing research in Almtal
 Almtal, Austria
birds, observation, behavior

This project invited citizens to observe greylag geese, northern bald ibis and common ravens.

Citizen Science Award 2018
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Together, we drive better
 independent of location
car, driving instruction, advanced driving assist systems

What can Advanced Driving Assist Systems in modern cars do? What needs to be taught about such systems in driving education of the future?

Top Citizen Science 2016
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Worlds apart? Solidarity concepts and political orientations in social media
 Austria
Social Media, Facebook, solidarity

Do social media exacerbate social and political divisions? The project examines concepts of solidarity in current facebook debates.

Top Citizen Science 2017
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GLOBAL 2000 Litterbug
 Austria
litter, environment, nature protection

Litter is not supposed to be in nature. In order to find solutions for the litter problem, citizen scientists collect data about where which type of litter can be found.

Citizen Science Award 2019
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Icon-E: Initial Concerns Extended
 Graz and the surrounding area
children, development, abnormalities

“Science meets nursery school”: It is often the day care providers who first raise the suspicion of a childs’ divergent development – as with children with Fragile X Syndrome.

Top Citizen Science 2015
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On everyone’s mind and lips – German in Austria
 Österreich
Language, German, Austria

Everybody is invited to do research on the variation, change and use of German language in Austria.

Top Citizen Science 2016
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INTER-ACT
 independent of location
copyright, discussion, platform

Copyright concerns us all: Let us jointly find and develop new consensus-based solutions for a modern and fair copyright!

Top Citizen Science 2016
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Earth construction in the Weinviertel
 Weinviertel, Lower Austria
earth construction, Weinviertel, culture

Earth was of great importance as construction material over centuries but disappeared increasingly as a shaper of our cultural landscape.

Top Citizen Science 2016
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Names, Graves, and Memory. The Psychiatric Hospital Mauer-Öhling during National Socialism
 Mauer-Öhling, Austria
euthanasia, Nazi era, history

Hundreds of victims of Nazi “euthanasia” are buried in the cemetery of the Landesklinikum Mauer. What is being told about these events in your family?

Top Citizen Science 2017
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NaturKalender
 Austria
nature, phenology, seasons

You are a nature lover? Then you are invited to join NaturKalender. Observe changing seasons and relate them with climate change.

Top Citizen Science 2016
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NBI goes Citizen Science
 Upper Austria
birds, ibis, habitat

The Northern Bald Ibis is one of the most endangered bird species in the world. Its ecological preferences are the focus of this project which is looking for interested citizens joining the research.

Top Citizen Science 2016
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NestCams
 Austria
breeding behaviour, bird watching, reproductive success

How do greylag geese and northern bald ibises behave at the nest? School classes analyse their breeding behaviour. 

Citizen Science Award 2019
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Cooking up Salzburg
 Salzburg, Österreich
food, Salzburg, baroque cuisine

“All kinds of meat and drink …” How and what did people eat in Early Modern times – and why? Help us researching baroque cuisine!

Top Citizen Science 2016
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Stadt - Land - Bild.
 Vienna, at the Museum of Folk Art and Folk Life
image analysis, longing, urban-rural sentimental

An exhibition at the Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art in Vienna questions the new longing for rural life and analyses corresponding image politics together with school classes. 

Citizen Science Award 2019
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Stadt – Land – Bild. A Social Image Analysis of Contemporary Conceptions of Longing
 Vienna, Austria
social tagging, nostalgia, visual culture

An exhibition in the Museum of Art and Folk Life in Vienna questions the new longing for rural life and analyses corresponding image politics together with citizens.

Top Citizen Science 2017
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Talking Borders
 Vienna, Austria
borders, Habsburger monarchy, discussion

100 students will meet 100 border scholars in order to discuss their perceptions of borders.

Top Citizen Science 2016
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Viel-Falter TCS
 Tyrol
butterflies, observing, Austria

This project examines whether and how butterfly observations carried out by non-professional volunteers can be used to support a permanent biodiversity monitoring.

Top Citizen Science 2015
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Views in*2 Literacies
 independent of location
language, learning, stories

What are the relevant aspects for successful literacy acquisition and language learning? Adolescents and adults reflect about favorable and adverse learning conditions by creating Digital Literacy Narratives.

Top Citizen Science 2015
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Xibalba_TCS
 Mexico, region of Tulum
Mexico, fresh water, monitoring

In Tulum, a small Mexican town at the Caribbean coast, citizens and scientists join to prise out valuable information of a vast hidden karst groundwater regime for learning more about their important water resource.

Top Citizen Science 2015
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Completed Projects

Abenteuer Faltertage
 independent of location
butterflies, species, observation

The aim of "Abenteuer Faltertage" was to establish a butterfly network all over Austria to explore and protect native butterflies.

Citizen Science Award 2016
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Alraune
 ortsunabhängig
Allergien, Lebensstil, Umwelt

"ALRAUNE – Allergien auf der Spur" erforscht die Gründe für die Entstehung von Allergien.

Citizen Science Award 2015, Young Citizen Science 2015
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Alraune
 independent of location
allergies, lifestyle, environment

"ALRAUNE – Tracing allergies" investigates the development of allergies.

Citizen Science Award 2016
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Bienenstand.at
 Austria
bee, winter, colony

On which factors does the overwintering success of bee colonies depend? How many bees do not survive the winter’s cold?

Citizen Science Award 2017
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CITREE
 Dornbirn, Innsbruck
trees, cities, climate

Trees fulfil important functions in cities. This project enabled citizens to watch the growth of urban trees.

Top Citizen Science 2015
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CODE IT! - Making sense of vaccination policy in Austria
 Austria and beyond
vaccination, virus, press

The socio-politically controversial issue of HPV vaccination was researched by and with young people - the segment of society that is the most affected by it.

Top Citizen Science 2015
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DachsSpurenSuche
 Vienna and surroundings
badgers, traces, wild animals

The project "StadtWildTiere" records amimal observations and put a focus on badgers in and around Vienna with "DachsSpurenSuche".

Citizen Science Award 2016
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Facing Threats of Virtual Echo Chambers in Schools
 Austria
echo chambers, teenagers, social media

Become aware of virtual echo chambers through reflected information search and take part in societal discourses in a self-determined, constructive way.

Top Citizen Science 2016
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Hedgehogs on their way
 Austria / bordering countries
hedgehogs, gardens, animal traces

In this project scientists were looking for interested citizens to explore the distribution of hedgehogs in gardens all over Austria.

Young Citizen Science 2015, Citizen Science Award 2016
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A voice for all
 Österreich
disability, survey, statistics

Accessible survey methodology for household surveys of people with mental disabilities

Initiative Responsible Science 2017
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FarbVerrückt!
 Austria
autumn, phenology, leaf colouring

In "FarbVerrückt" citizen scientists were observing and explore autumn leaf colouring and leaf fall in Austria.

Young Citizen Science 2015, Citizen Science Award 2015
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Fascinating bumblebees
 Austria
Bumblebees, biodiversity, observe

Where do bumblebees occur in Austria? In order to protect the bumblebees, data on the occurrences of the 42 bumblebee species is important.

Citizen Science Award 2018
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FotoQuest Austria
 Österreich
land use, landscape, environment

With more detailled and complete data about land use, changes of the landscape and their effects on the environment can be better understood.

Citizen Science Award 2016
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Exploring history together
 independent of location
history, memories, collect

School classes collected memories, photos and stories from the past to save them for future generations.

Citizen Science Award 2018
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Counting squirrels
 Capitals of the Austrian provinces
squirrel, city, population

Which squirrels live in the capitals of the Austrian provinces? Where can I get information about the number of squirrels there?

Citizen Science Award 2017
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Inclusive Spaces 2.0
 Vienna, Austria
school, space, blocks

Within the project students used digital mapping to research what's going on in their schools and blocks!

Top Citizen Science 2016
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Inside Trading Cultures
 Greater St. Pölten area
books, literature, ethnography

How does the global trade in books work? What role do book fairs play? In this project citizen scientists participate in ethnographic fieldwork at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017.

Top Citizen Science 2015
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IsoPROTECT Austria
 Austria
food, origin, soil

The aim of the project is the systematic creation of a terrestrial and aquatic isotopic landscape of Austria for determining the origin of regionally produced food.

Top Citizen Science 2015
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The Common Swift in Vienna
 Vienna, Austria
common swift, observing, mapping

Where does the common swift breeds and how many of them are there in Vienna? Does the common swift breed exclusively in colonies or are there abundant single breeding pairs?

Citizen Science Award 2018
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Medication on everyones’ lips
 independent of location
medication, prescription, management

Citizens provide their knowledge concerning experiences and strategies in everyday life when taking prescribed medication.

Initiative Responsible Science 2017
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Naturkalender
 independent of location
elderberry, orchard grass, observation

Nature lovers observed and reported the panicle development of orchard grass and the blossom of elderberries and, thus, help farmers to mow flexibly according to nature's calendar.

Citizen Science Award 2018
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ObstVerrückt
 Austria
fruits, trees, climate change

Let’s talk about fruits! Where do they grow? When do they ripen? When is the blossom of apricots in the Wachau in Lower Austria? Are plants influenced by climate change?

Citizen Science Award 2016
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OnlineLabs4All
 ortsunabhängig
Online-Labore, Experimente, Ideen

Jugendliche testen, wie user-freundlich virutelle Labore  zu benutzen sind

Citizen Science Award 2015, Young Citizen Science 2015
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OnlineLabs4All
 independent of location
online labs, experiments, ideas

In "OnlineLabs4All" citizen scientists supported the development of adaptive reusable interfaces for online labs.

Citizen Science Award 2016
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PolitikRadar
 Austria
participation, politics, democracy

Via the Political Radar citizens collect options for political participation and share them via an online platform.

Citizen Science Award 2017
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QuakeWatch Austria
 Austria
earthquakes, Austria, sensors, app

Description and quantitative observations of the impact of earthquakes via a smartphone app and easy to use low-cost seismic sensors.

Young Citizen Science 2015
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Tell us!
 independent of location
accidental injuries, health, medical care

“Tell us!” will bring experiential knowledge about accidental injuries back to research by involving experts and patients.

Citizen Science Award 2018
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Let's have a look at our meadows!
 Austria
Arnica, Wasp Spider, biodiversity

Where is the Wasp Spider on the rise as a result of global warming? Where can you still find the medicinal plant Arnica?

Citizen Science Award 2016
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Care & Heat
 German speaking countries
heat, care, climate change

The rising temperature influences health and care situations. Citizen scientists and health professionals were invited to share their experiences.

Top Citizen Science 2015
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Playing against phishing
 Austria
phishing, games, spam

What is phishing? Which fraudulent strategies do criminals use to get their hands on personal data?

Citizen Science Award 2017
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Search for the Swedish Narrow Headed Ant
 Inner Oetz Valley
ant, Oetz Valley, distribution

The project investigated the distribution of the endangered Swedish Narrow Headed Ant in the Inner Oetz Valley.

Citizen Science Award 2016
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Tea Bag Index
 independent of location
tea bags, soil, decomposition

The aim of this project is to measure the decomposition of organic matter by burying tea bags in the soil.

Citizen Science Award 2016
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Our expelled neighbours
 Central Lower Austria
jews, life, history

Participants looked into the lives and fates of the Jewish population in central Lower Austria before, during and after National Socialism.

Top Citizen Science 2015
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Wasser schafft
 location independent
water, sampling, nutrient loadings

The project "Wasser schafft" ("Water can") analysed the effects of nutrient loadings and stream morphology on the self-purification capacity of streams.

Young Citizen Science 2015
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Who Cares?
 independent of location
stories, care, support

"Who Cares?" invited interested citizens to share their care story/stories in order to find out what a fair future care culture might look like.

Young Citizen Science 2015
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YAPES
 independent of location
politics, youth, everyday experiences

Teenagers were invited to collect and share their daily political experiences.

Young Citizen Science 2015, Citizen Science Award 2015
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Young Crowd
 independent of location
youth, safety, disaster

Young people investigate the safety and disaster preparedness of their environment with the help of an app.

Initiative Responsible Science 2017
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