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Learn about citizen science

Knowledge about citizen science can be acquired online as well as at various institutions in many different learning formats. In addition to universities, which present the basic methods of citizen science in various courses, there are also further education opportunities offered by associations or networks. Since such continuing education opportunities are developing very dynamically, please contact your institution directly or write to us if we should send you any offers.

The Citizen Science Association regularly offers webinars in English on specific topics in citizen science which are conducted by experts in their respective fields in a very professional manner..

Another option for finding out and learning more about citizen science is books and publications. We have provided a small selection of these here:

  • Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy (2018): This anthology offers an impressive overview of citizen science in Europe in English and can be downloaded for free. Österreich forscht also gives a short review of this book in a blog entry
  • Citizen Science – Public Participation in Environmental Science (2012): This book in English offers a good first introduction to the topic and tries to inform on a broad basis, but remains very focused on the U.S. American area. As the title suggests, the authors of this book deal with citizen science in the environmental sciences, thus excluding the humanities and social sciences. Österreich forscht also gives a short review of this in a blog entry.
  • Citizen Science Terminology Matters: Exploring Key Terms (2017): This overview article (also in English) deals with different terms used to describe citizen science and the people involved in it. The article is available for free. Österreich forscht also gives a short review of this in a blog entry.
  • What is citizen science? What is to be considered in planning and implementation and what examples or recommendations are there for this? These are the questions dealt with in the handbook "citizen science for All". It is a publication of the platform Bürger Schaffen Wissen (GEWISS), in which the experiences of 31 authors are incorporated. This publication is also available for free and we have written a review of it.

In addition, there are also many collections of guidelines and tools for citizen science projects. The most extensive collection is offered by the European Citizen Science Association on its platform and on EU-Citizen.Science.

If you need information or literature on a specific topic and cannot find it here, please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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