What is citizen science?

Share, initiate and learn - citizen science in Europe

The EU-Citizen.Science project is developing a set of characteristics for citizen science, to ensure that all users of the platform have a common understanding of what it is. This will be shared early in 2020.

In the meantime, if you are new to citizen science, here are some definitions of citizen science from other organisations in the field.

Citizen science takes place in diverse fields, including ecology, astronomy, medicine, computer science – and many more. And citizen science can happen at a range of different scales – from local projects to continental and global scales, and from short projects to those that occur over decades! If you are interested in finding out more about the characteristics that define what is and isn’t citizen science, there is an ECSA Working Group that is exploring these themes.