Name of the organization/project in the original language:
OeAD GmbH - Zentrum für Citizen Science
Name of the organization/project in English:
OeAD GmbH - Center for Citizen Science
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Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research
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The Center for Citizen Science was established in June 2015 by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) at the OeAD. It serves as a service and information centre, which supports both scientists and practitioners in the development and implementation of citizen science projects as well as the BMWFW in the conception and implementation of appropriate funding measures. Another task of the centre is the cross-linking of the interested community beyond Austria.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?:
The Center for Citizen Science has four pillars: information, consulting, networking and funding. At the beginning of 2015 eight citizen science pilot projects started to collect experiences regarding advantages and disadvantages, difficulties, etc. in this field. With this knowledge a new funding initiative "Top Citizen Science" was initiated by the FWF, BMWFW and OeAD giving funding to 24 projects so far. Since 2015 the Citizen Science Award has been organised annually. During the first year only Austrian school classes were allowed to participate in four citizen science projects. In 2016 the award opened up to all age groups inviting everbody to take part in ten citizen sciece projects. In order to support networking and knowledge exchange the center is also organising workshops for project leaders and staff.