• What is citizen science?
    In very simple terms, citizen science involves scientific projects that have been carried out with the help of, or entirely by, interested amateurs. These citizen scientists formulate research questions, report observations, take measurements, assess data and/or write publications. One requirement…
  • About Österreich forscht
    What is Österreich forscht ( Österreich forscht is the website of the Citizen Science Network Austria (CSNA), founded in 2017, which is a network of institutions from the fields of science, research, education and practical experience, taking into consideration the respective…


  • 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 stratigraphical window was adjusted and expanded on the entire…


  • weather
  • land use
CrowdWater is a hydrological citizen science project. Everybody with an interest in water can contribute and collect hydrological data in a simple way. The collected data is used to model floods and droughts as well as to supplement existing measurements. It is a main goal of CrowdWater to be applied…


  • history
  • culture
GenTeam - The European genealogy database "Connecting genealogists" GenTeam is a European platform of genealogical databases. Both scientists and amateur genealogists can make their data available here for free for other researchers. The cooperation of collaborators from many different countries has made it possible to compile databases that one researcher…

Pollen Diary

  • plants
  • weather
  • health
Project description The Pollen Diary (;; Patient's Hayfever Diary) was already launched as a scientific project in 2009. Meanwhile it has become an important service for pollen allergy sufferers in 13 European countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Sweden, Finland, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. The…
Citizen Science with a long tradition The first water bird counts in Austria took place as early as the 1950s. In the following years, the number of counts was gradually increased, and from 1970 onwards Austria-wide surveys have been carried out. This makes the waterbird census one of the longest…

  • animals
Important groundwork for bird protection The association BirdLife Austria has been researching and protecting the native avifauna for over 50 years. Citizen science has always been an essential basis of this work, as BirdLife's expertise is based on decades of collecting bird records. In the past, observations were recorded on…
Annual counts This advanced citizen science project requires knowledge of the common native breeding bird species and participation over several years. Twice a year, the participants count all birds seen and heard at fixed points. The total of all counts is then used to calculate population trends. The available data…

Wild Neighbours

  • animals
  • land use
Are swallows nesting at your house or in your stable? Have you seen a badger in the middle of town? Or do you regularly observe a kestrel in your garden? We are interested in your observations in rural settlement areas!

Ural owl

  • animals
Ural owl resettlement The resettlement of the Ural owl is led by a team of researchers headed by ornithologist Richard Zink at the Austrian Ornithological Centre – Seebarn branch office (Lower Austria) at "Vetmeduni" Vienna. The goal is the "Come Back" of the big owl into the forests of Austria.…


  • mushrooms
  • food
  • health
  • weather
"Pilzfinder" - what it's all about Until a few decades ago, knowledge of wild edible and poisonous mushrooms was widespread. Especially the older population knew about the seasonal occurrence of the mushrooms. Finding mushrooms is a popular hobby for young and old, which is accompanied by great experience. In order…


  • food
  • fungi
Database of fungi of Austria The project "Database of fungi of Austria" aims at a comprehensive documentation of the occurrence and distribution of fungi in Austria, and to present and evaluate the available data. It is an Austria-wide cooperation of numerous mycologists, citizen scientists and institutions, which collect distribution data…


  • 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…
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