Guide on "Citizen Science and Schools" for Researchers and Teachers

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Interested in tips for citizen science projects with schools? Cooperation between science and schools offers participants many advantages, but also poses challenges.
In order to face these challenges successfully, a working group has developed a compact handout. It contains numerous recommendations for researchers and teachers on how to plan and carry out citizen science projects together.

Within two years, a helpful guide entitled "Citizen Science - Research with Schools. Basics, recommendations & practical tips for joint projects" was created. In the course of an intensive work process, researchers and teachers of the working group (WG) "Citizen Science at/with schools" bundled their experiences from the cooperation between science and schools. The working group is led by the OeAD Center for Citizen Science and is part of the Citizen Science Network Austria.

What can you finde in the brochure?

The brochure is divided into seven clearly structured chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Citizen science in Austria
  • Added value of citizen science at and with schools
  • Project planning and implementation
  • Legal and ethical aspects
  • Effective use of existing conditions
  • Anchoring cooperation in the long term

Checklists for a quick overview

A quick overview of the most important points to consider in citizen science projects with schools and on how to embed citizen science in the long term is provided by two handy checklists at the end of the handout.

Creative graphics by students bring the brochure to life

In the course of the creation, a special collaboration with pupils took place. All the images originated from a creative competition in which children and teenagers could submit avatars, icons and chapter illustrations. The best among them were selected by a jury of four for the publication.

Where is the brochure available?

Print version

You are welcome to order the printed brochure from us. Simply write an e-mail to with the number of copies and address.

Web version

The web version can be downloaded from the open science platform "Zenodo":

Kreative Grafiken von Schülerinnen und Schülern beleben die Broschüre

Im Rahmen der Erstellung kam es auch zu einer schönen Zusammenarbeit mit Schülerinnen und Schülern. Alle Bilder entstammen einem Kreativwettbewerb, bei dem Kinder und Jugendliche Avatare, Icons und Kapitelillustrationen einreichen konnten. Die besten unter ihnen wurden von einer vierköpfigen Jury für die Publikation ausgewählt.

Wo ist die Handreichung erhältlich?


Die gedruckte Broschüre kann gerne bei uns bestellt werden. Schreiben Sie einfach eine E-Mail an mit der Stückzahl und Adresse.


Die Webversion kann auf der Open-Science-Plattform "Zenodo" heruntergeladen werden: