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 institutional scope, that are pursuing the following goals:
These partner institutions declare that they want to complete the following so as to achieve these goals:
This network is coordinated by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.
Österreich forscht also represents citizen science projects from across Austria in which interested parties can participate. Alongside project descriptions, there is general information about citizen science, notes on literature about citizen science and event details on Österreich forscht. The platform was launched back in 2014 as an information portal and was equipped with more functions after the founding of CSNA so as to meet the needs of a growing network. Since then, it has also been possible to find the network’s working groups and open calls for assistance, jobs and conferences.
Both Österreich forscht and the Citizen Science Network Austria were founded and coordinated by Florian Heigl and Daniel Dörler, who began connecting actors in citizen science across all of Austria back in 2014 during their studies, thus laying the foundation for all future activities. While most of the work at the start was carried out on a purely voluntary basis by both founders, with occasional help with certain tasks from many others, the platform and network’s fixed link with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna as of 1 January 2019 has now created a long-term future for citizen science in Austria.
In addition to the two founders, there are also the many organisers of past Austrian Citizen Science Conferences who, in doing so, helped to further develop the platform and network.
The functions of Österreich forscht are to connect actors in citizen science in Austria and to publicise citizen science projects for an interested public, advance methods of citizen science, quality assurance in citizen science (both in scientific terms and with regard to the collaboration of a range of people in the projects) and spread information about citizen science in Austria.
Working group for citizen science
Institute of Zoology
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Phone: +43 (0)1 47654 83320