Initiative "Exploring Citizen Science"

In 2018-19 the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy - the "Faculty for Exploration" - launched its "Exploring Citizen Science" initiative in line with the "University of Vienna 2025" development plan. The aim of the initiative was to explore the possibilities and limits of citizen science as a method in the various research fields of the faculty and to encourage the networking of interested scientists.

The initiative comprised a coaching workshop (December 2018), the (co-)financing of up to three preliminary studies (submission deadline mid-February 2019) in this area as well as an interdisciplinary networking event on 11 December 2019.

Link: Performance report & intellectual capital report 2019

The Performance report 2019 of the University of Vienna presents the Citizen Science initiative on page 44 [German only].

Citizen Science & Advent

On 11 December 2019, the results of the initiative have been presented in the interdisciplinary networking event "Citizen Science & Advent". The project leaders of the "Exploring Citizen Science" projects reported on the results and experiences of their pilot studies. The event also provided an opportunity for networking among interested scientists from various disciplines and for considering possible further steps in the "Exploring Citizen Science" initiative.

See short report


Preliminary studies for Citizen Science projects

As part of the "Exploring Citizen Science" initiative, the faculty (co)finances up to three small citizen science pilot studies by FGGA scientists (with a maximum of 5,000 euros each). Within these projects, scientists have the possibility to critically review project ideas, identify technical and other problems (as well as possible solutions) and increase the chances of subsequent project submissions in this field.

The faculty management congratulates the PIs and thanks all submitters for their interest in the call "Exploring Citizen Science"!

The preliminary studies were completed by October 2019 (presentation of the findings and possible results by the end of 2019).


In cooperation with the Service Unit Research Services and Career Development, the faculty organized a coaching workshop on citizen science on 5 December 2018 (15:30-18:00). After a short introduction into citizen science (including examples, advantages and possible problems), the participating FGGA scientists together with three citizen science experts were developing and discussing ideas for citizen science projects in their respective research areas.

See short report [in German]

Invitation (PDF)