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  • 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
    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…
We invite urban community gardens, garden projects or similar garden initiatives to take part in this project and research alongside us. The goal of this project is to scientifically assess the potential risk of heavy metal contamination in crop plants in Vienna’s city gardens. Background Urban gardening has become increasingly…

Topotheque

  • history
  • culture
The growing flood of images cannot be processed by institutions alone. Partnership with citizen scientists is vital. Topotheque is a digital archive and network in which this historical legacy can be gathered. For the locally resident Topotheque users, every new image and new piece of information means a valuable building…

Fire database

  • plants
  • weather
  • economy
  • land use
  • catastrophs
In the Institute of Silviculture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, the occurrence, spread, causes and characteristics of forest fires in Austria have been analysed as part of various research projects since 2008. The array stretches back over several decades and includes approximately 5,500 fires, more…

naturbeobachtung.at

  • animals
  • plants
  • mushrooms
At the www.naturbeobachtung.at website, all nature lovers can record sightings of both known and common, but also rare and threatened, animals and plants using a simple entry template. This asks, who, where, when, what and how many animal or plant species were seen. You have the option to add more detail to your discovery…
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…

Faces of migration

  • history
  • culture
  • language
Faces of migration. Youth from Tyrol collaborated to research their family histories of migration Studies in social history have documented time and again that migration has always been part of the human existence. If migration movements are as old as human history itself, world history can be read as a…

Tell us!

  • health
In “Tell us!”, we are looking for research questions on accidental injuries. Medical advances need innovative ideas: your knowledge is valuable! Who knows best how occupational, traffic-related or sports injuries should be investigated and treated? With “Tell us!”, the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft has started to bring questions of accidental injuries…

City-Country-Child

  • history
  • media
  • culture
An intergenerational ethnography of images of nostalgia for the countryside Based on a unique Europe-wide photo collection at the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, the “City-Country-Child” research project investigated the myth of a better life in the countryside from an intergenerational perspective. Together with scientists, pupils explored…

Nan-O-Style

  • health
  • economy
Who is behind Nan-O-Style? Nan-O-Style is a research and education project by the University of Salzburg, Department of Biosciences. What is Nan-O-Style researching? Nan-O-Style researches the complex topic of nanotechnology. Together with Austrian schools, we want to discover new and previously unknown interactions between modern lifestyle products and nanomaterials. Are…
Have you ever seen a sparrow hawk in Vienna? Did a badger cross your path on your way home at night? Or do you have swallow nests at your housing complex? We are interested in your observations in Austrian cities! Understanding the city as a habitat worth living in for…

Roadkill

  • animals
  • land use
  • traffic
This project has the option to be actively involved in a scientific project on the subject of roadkill. It collects information on which animals are killed on roads and what reasons there could be for this. The data will be used to identify hotspots and then attempt to mitigate the…
The kestrel is the most common raptor in the city of Vienna. Since 2010, the "Vienna Kestrel Project" has been investigating how these falcons have adapted to city life. A key component of our research is knowledge about nest locations which allow us to access broods for further investigation. The…
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