Citizen science projects
There are many science projects that involve community participants as citizen scientists in Queensland.
We use the Australian Citizen Science Association definition: “citizen science involves public participation and collaboration in scientific research with the aim to increase scientific knowledge”.
You can read the Citizen science in Queensland: a review of the current landscape to gain some insights into the types and number of citizen science projects happening in Queensland.
To get involved in citizen science:
- visit the Australian Citizen Science Association website to find a project in your area
- read about the Queensland Citizen Science Grants recipients and their projects
- check out the list of projects relevant to Queensland
- take a look at this map created by SEQ Catchments showing some of the citizen science projects happening in south-east Queensland.
You can be a citizen scientist
Everyone can be a citizen scientist.
Queensland scientists and community groups are looking for volunteers to help collect data or analyse information for all sorts of citizen science projects.
And the good news is, you don’t need a degree or any special qualification.
People of all ages are able to lend a hand.
Want to protect Australia’s iconic creatures?
You can help scientists by being involved in one of the many different types of citizen science projects that study endangered animals and their habitats.
Or you might like to help our rivers and creeks stay healthy; count animals big and small; Identify weeds or fungi, Study native plants; Be involved in a project to improve our health and well-being; Use mobile phone to record animal sounds or sightings.
Head to the beach, the bush, your local creek.or even in your backyard and you could be a part of something wonderful.
You can even get involved in citizen science using your home computer.
Helping scientists study fish and coral in the Great Barrier Reef or astronomers studying galaxies billions of light years away - from your couch or study.
You never know, you may help to make a scientific discovery.
Give citizen science a try and you’re sure to learn new skills and more about the world.
It’s a real opportunity to meet friends and help others.
It’s a real opportunity to do your bit for the planet.
It’s a real opportunity to contribute to science.
What project will you join? Be a citizen scientist and make a difference.
If you are interested in citizen science across Australia read the Mapping Citizen Science in Australia – Participant Report prepared by Yaela Golumbic (2020) which presents findings from an online questionnaire aimed to map citizen science in Australia and determine its diverse goals, stakeholders and practices.