Almost 2,000 people participated in the Citizen Science Award 2018. The topics of the selected projects were again broad and ranged from animal and plant monitoring to the collection and digitalisation of historical materials and generation of research questions in the field of medicine.
Four projects were aimed at nature and animal lovers. The project Fascinating bumblebees was interested in where in Austria bumblebees occur. For the project Doing research in Almtal, school classes observed the breeding behavior of greylag geese, northern bald ibis and common ravens. Another project on birds was the common swift in Vienna. School classes reported breeding sites and breeding behavior of common swifts in Vienna. The project Naturkalender on the other hand was not about animals but about phenological phenomena. Citizens observed and reported the panicle development of orchard grass and the blossom of elderberries.
School classes were also invited to engage with the local, school or family history and collect historical material and knowledge in regional online archives, a so called Topotheque, as part of the project Exploring history together.
One project only addressed adults, especially medical professional as well as patients. For the project Tell us!, citizens provided research questions on accidental injuries. (HERE you can find further information on all projects.)
NEW! Citizen Science Award Day
For the first time, school classes and citizens who participated in one of the six Citizen Science Award projects were invited to the Citizen Science Award Day. The program, organised by the six Award projects, included various activities such as guided tours, workshops and hand-on stations.
Twelve schools or school classes and seven individuals were awarded by the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research in a festive event on 12 November 2018. The individuals received non-cash prizes provided by the research institutions. Schools received cash prizes in the amount of up to 1,000 euros. Also a special prize in the amount of 3,000 euros was awarded for the most creative video documenting a school class' participation in one of the projects.