Working Group "Citizen Science in/with schools"

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The working group (WG) published a brochure with experiences gained in Citizen Science projects with schools. It includes recommendations for a successful and long-term cooperation. This handout is intended to support researchers and teachers in planning and implementing citizen science projects.


Particularly in the last ten years, numerous competencies and knowledge about the cooperation between science and schools have been gained in Austria, not least through the Sparkling Science research funding program of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) or the Citizen Science Award, a research competition that has been organized by the Center for Citizen Science on behalf of the BMBWF since 2015. Every spring, schools are invited to participate in various research projects.

The working group

The founding meeting of the WG took place in the context of the 5th Austrian Citizen Science Conference (June 26-28, 2019). The members consist of researchers from various research institutions in Austria and teachers from different types of schools.

The Citizen Science brochure was published!

The WG just published a brochure with recommendations for Citizen Science projects in schools. Various topics are being addressed such as Citizen Science in Austria, benefits, project planning and implementation, law and ethics, framework conditions and long term cooperation. The target groups of the brochure are teachers and researchers.

For the graphic design, children and young people sent in numerous images as part of a creative competition for schoolchildren - avatars, icons and illustrations bring the publication to life.

If you are interested in a print version, please send an e-mail to including your address and number of copies.

You can find the web version HERE (pdf) or on the open science platform Zenodo.


If you are interested in participating in the WG, please contact