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Citizen Science around the world

Three people standing by a small river with fishing nets in their hand and looking towards the river.
Copyright: Ivie Metzen, CC BY 2.0

The motto of the Science Year 2022 in Germany is Citizen Science.

Parallel to the dossier, which introduces the Science Year 2022 and Citizen Science in Germany, this site provides some chosen ressources of international Citizen Science associations, plattforms  and project databases. The focus is primarily on the German-speaking region, Austria and Switzerland.


The CSA is a collaboration of scientists, software developers and educators who collectively develop, manage and utilise internet-based citizen science projects in order to further science itself, and the public understanding of both science and of the scientific process. These projects use the time, abilities and energies of a [...]

The Global Citizen Science Partnership is a network-of-networks that seeks to promote and advance citizen science for a sustainable world. Launched in December 2017 at the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment, Citizen Science Global brings together existing networks of citizen science researchers and practitioners [...]

SciStarter is a globally acclaimed, online citizen science hub where more than 3,000 projects, searchable by location, topic, age level, etc, have been registered by individual project leaders or imported through partnerships with federal governments, NGOs, and universities. As a research affiliate of NCSU (NC State University) [...]


The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) is a non-profit association which aims to encourage the growth of citizen science in Europe, and to support the participation of the general public in research processes. ECSA’s mission is to connect citizens and science; to promote sustainable development through citizen science; and [...]

EU-Citizen.Science is an online platform for sharing knowledge, tools, training and resources for citizen science – by the community, for the community. The vision for the platform is to serve as a Knowledge Hub, in aid of the mainstreaming of citizen science, and build on the growing impact of citizens participating in research [...]

Austria and Switzerland

Österreich forscht presents citizen science projects from all over Austria, in which interested people can participate. In addition to the project presentation, general information on citizen science, references to literature on citizen science and event announcements on Österreich forscht can be found. The platform itself was [...]

The Center for Citizen Science of the OeAD (Austria’s Agency for Education and Internationalisation) was established in June 2015 by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. It serves as an information, advisory and service center for Citizen Science. With it, the OeAD primarily addresses researchers and scientific [...]

This website, operated by the Science et cité foundation, provides information on Citizen Science in Switzerland and projects from a wide variety of areas can be found. In addition, registration for the Citizen Science Network Switzerland is possible via this website and also other working groups and organizations are presented. [...]

The Citizen Science Center Zurich is run jointly by the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. The mission of the Center is to support and promote the collaboration of academic scientists and the general public (“citizens”) to implement co-created Citizen Science (CS) projects. The Citizen Science Center Zurich (CCCS) supports [...]

Other continents and countries

United States is an official government website designed to accelerate the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science across the U.S. government. The site provides a portal to three key components: a catalog of federally supported citizen science projects, a toolkit to assist federal practitioners with designing and [...]

Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA) is member-based incorporated association that seeks to advance citizen science through the sharing of knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy. On their website you can find information on citizen science as well as projects in Australia.

Last Update: 15.03.2022  -

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