Citizen Science international

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The popularity of and interest in Citizen Science is growing worldwide. This positive development can also be seen in the increasing number of networks, platforms and strategy papers.

A more detailed overview of the current situation is provided by the publication of the Center for Citizen Science Citizen Science: Citizen Science. Initiatives, networks, platforms, funding (2019).

Citizen Science Networks

In addition to numerous national networks, such as the Citizen Science Network Switzerland or Citizens Create Knowledge in Germany, there are also national associations. Since December 2017, the CS network Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP) not only promotes the exchange between science and society, but primarily pursues the goal of networking already existing CS networks on a global level.

For the European area, the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) was founded in 2013. It is currently located at the Natural History Museum in Berlin. Only a short time later, in 2014, the Citizen Science Association (CSA) was officially launched in the USA, which now has more than 5,000 members from over 80 countries. The CS network Red Iberoamericana de Ciencia Participativa - RICAP is growing and counts numerous countries from Central and South America among its members. In Australia, the Australian Citizen Science Association is a central contact point for researchers and interested parties. If you look at the Asian region, you come across the CS network CitizenScience.Asia.

Strategy and Policy Papers

In recent years, a number of strategy and policy papers on Citizen Science have been published internationally with the aim of advancing the development of the CS concept at an (inter)national and institutional level.