Citizen Science

citizen science
the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.


Citizen Science is as old as science itself, however it has experienced a resurgence in recent years with more and more scientists relying on the efforts and expertise of the general public to progress research outcomes.

There are many different citizen science projects that you can get involved in, some are based here in Tasmania while others are based overseas and require online participation. Explore the links below to find the perfect project for you!

Online projects

Be a research assistant from the comfort of your own home, office, or local library. All you need is an internet connection!

Atlas of Living Australia
Includes a directory of Citizen Science projects.

A game to map the brain.

Galaxy Zoo
Classify galaxies according to their shapes. Will you make a new discovery?

SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through providing people access to more than 2700 searchable formal and informal research projects and events

Scientific American
A catalogue of citizen science projects all over the world.

Help in the search for extraterrestrial life with your home computer. (USA)

Weather Observations Website (WOW)
Be part of the foremost Australian community for weather buffs!

Location-based projects

Get out of your house and into your environment with these projects. Stay safe!

Backyard Species Discovery
Designed for teachers, this curriculum linked project helps years F-10 discover the natural world right outside their door and was created specifically to address a need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Climate Watch
Observe nature and collect data to help scientists.

Help record and map fungi in Australia.

A Tasmanian favourite, Redmap (Range Extension Database & Mapping project) invites the Australian community to spot, log and map marine species that are uncommon in Australia, or along particular parts of our coast.

If you have a Citizen Science project that you would like added to this list please get in touch with us.