Top Citizen Science Projects

Here you can find projects of the funding initiative Top Citizen Science, which is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the OeAD. By means of different filters you can search for various kinds of projects.

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Ongoing Projects

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.

01.09.2017 - 31.08.2019
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CITREE
 Dornbirn, Innsbruck
trees, cities, climate

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

01.10.2016 - 30.09.2018
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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?

01.11.2017 - 31.10.2018
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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.

01.07.2017 - 30.06.2019
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Inclusive Spaces 2.0
 Vienna, Austria
school, space, blocks

Within the project Inclusive Spaces 2.0, students use digital mapping to research what's going on in their schools and blocks!

01.09.2017 - 30.09.2018
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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!

15.07.2017 - 30.06.2019
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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.

01.07.2016 - 31.12.2018
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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.

01.07.2017 - 31.12.2018
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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?

01.08.2019 - 31.07.2020
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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.

01.09.2017 - 31.08.2019
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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.

01.09.2017 - 31.08.2019
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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!

02.10.2017 - 01.10.2019
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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.

01.11.2018 - 31.10.2019
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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.

01.04.2018 - 31.12.2018
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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.

01.11.2016 - 31.12.2019
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Completed Projects

CiSciSusaki
 Samothraki, Greece
island, sustainability, future

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

15.06.2016 - 14.06.2018
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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.

01.09.2016 - 30.06.2017
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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.

01.10.2017 - 31.08.2018
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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.

01.09.2016 - 31.08.2018
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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.

01.11.2016 - 30.04.2018
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The Political Participation Observer
 Austria
participation, politics, democracy

In the project "Political Participation Observer“ citizens collect political participation offers and possibilities and share the information on the project platform.

01.03.2017 - 28.02.2018
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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.

01.09.2016 - 30.11.2017
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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.

01.01.2017 - 31.01.2018
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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.

15.01.2017 - 31.07.2018
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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.

01.11.2016 - 30.06.2018
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