The options for public involvement in science have expanded rapidly in recent years. New digital technologies enable citizens to take an active part in large-scale research projects, wherever they are. Data can be collected via smartphone apps, for instance, or submitted via online portals. Some research projects would be impossible without this kind of support because scientific evidence often requires large volumes of data, which professional scientists are not really in a position to collect on their own.
In addition, there is an increasing need for citizens to be involved in all stages and processes of research – from defining new research questions and drawing up project concepts through to analysis and publication.
The Leibniz Association promotes citizen science in a number of different areas and plays a leading role in shaping its further development.
Citizen Science Working Group
The Citizen Science Working Group aims to pool the activities and competencies in the field of Citizen Science within the Leibniz Association and to actively introduce the topic of Citizen Science into the scientific and strategic discourse.