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  • What is citizen science?
    In very simplified terms, in citizen science, scientific projects are carried out with the assistance or completely by interested amateurs [lat. amator "lover"]. The Citizen Scientists formulate research questions, report observations, carry out measurements, evaluate data and/or write publications. Compliance…
  • About Österreich forscht
    Our vision In the future it should be just as normal to work in a citizen science project as to be a member of an association, e.g. the voluntary fire brigade or a music ensemble. We want people to see…
  • Welcome at Österreich forscht!

    Here you can find everything about Citizen Science in Austria. In the future, it should be just as normal to work in a citizen science project as to be a member of an association, e.g. the voluntary fire brigade or a music ensemble. We want people to see science no longer as an elite program, but as a process that affects all our lives, a process which is an important part of society and is worth understanding. However, the fun and enjoyment of research should not be neglected. We do not understand citizen science as an infotainment concept, but as a collaborative process through which new insights can be gained.

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We are tracing the Sculptured Resin Bee! Home of the Sculptured Resin Bee (Megachile sculpturalis, Smith 1853) is far away in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. In 2008, the Sculptured Resin Bee was discovered in southern France as the first introduced wild bee species in Europe. Since then, the bee…
Interested groups (mainly school classes) can participate in this scientific project about the whereabouts of the greylag geese in the Cumberland game park in Grünau im Almtal (Upper Austria). The social behaviour of the flock of greylag geese of the Konrad Lorenz Research Center (a core facility of the University…

NestCams

  • animals
In this project, citizen scientists can participate in a scientific project to study the breeding behaviour of greylag geese and northern bald ibises.  The project is run by scientists of the Konrad Lorenz Research Center (Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria). Since its foundation in 1973, the Konrad Lorenz Research Center…
Visitors of the Cumberland game park in Grünau im Amtal (Upper Austria) are warmly invited to use an app to enter sightings and behavioural observations of greylag geese, common ravens and northern bald ibises and thus support current research projects and the long-term monitoring of the Konrad Lorenz Research Center…

Tea Bag Index

  • land use
Can tea help us understand climate change? Yes, but we need your help! We would like you to become our research partner and take part in one of the largest experiments on soil decomposition processes at the moment!
In Viel-Falter: Butterfly Monitoring volunteers, together with researchers from the Department of Ecology of the University of Innsbruck, observe, identify and count butterflies. Given the diverse habitats in Austria, around 210 different species of butterfly live here, considerably more than in the whole of Germany. At the same time, many…

Roadkill

  • animals
  • land use
  • traffic
In this citizen science project, we use scientific methods to create an overview  of where which animals are run over ("road-killed") in Austria and what the reasons for this might be. With your reports we aim to identify hotspots and mitigate them together with our partners.
Mineral deposits in Austria Austria is rich in a wide range of mineral deposits. Precise documentation of both “old” deposits (e.g. mining heaps and tunnels, slag heaps) and “new” location spots (e.g. quarries, natural outcrops, road cuts, etc.) is one of the focuses of the Department of Mineralogy and Petrography…

naturbeobachtung.at

  • animals
  • plants
  • mushrooms
Since 2006, a wide variety of nature observations can be reported on naturbeobachtung.at. Specially designed reporting masks for different groups of animals, plants and fungi allow detailed entries. The reporters can, as far as possible, identify their observations taxonomically or report them as "undetermined species". The latter can then be…
Schmetterlinge Österreichs: an app for scientifically recording Austria's butterflies On behalf of Blühendes Österreich, a charitable foundation of REWE International AG and the environmental NGO GLOBAL 2000, butterfly expert Peter Huemer published a report on the dramatic state of the butterfly fauna in May 2016. In Europe, their number had…

Fossilfinder

  • geology
Due to the enormous request and the multitude of consignments of fossil images encompassing almost the entire Earth history, the precise issues and the resulting project target were adapted in accordance to the requirements and wishes oft he citizen scientists. The geographical and chronological distribution of fossils in Austria is…

PolliDiversity

  • plants
  • animals
The Citizen Science project "PolliDiversity" addresses the question "Which pollinators, especially wild bees and honey bees, prefer the four selected plant species - meadow clover (Trifolium pratense), cornflower (Cyanus segetum), corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas) and gold-of-pleasure (Camelina sativa) - as a food source in differently structured landscapes and what is…
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