Citizen Science

Citizen Science encompasses many different ways in which citizens are involved in science.  See what you can do to become involved in a citizen science project.

Citizen science is the involvement of volunteers in science. It is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists. The motivations of participants vary widely so citizen science projects must be designed in such a way that the project will engage the widest possible number of participants. One of the key motivations for many participants is that they are not just participating for the good of a particular project, but rather being part of larger communities and are acting for the greater good. 

Some of the more popular citizen science projects include the garden bird survey run by Birdwatch Ireland and public participation in protection of the coastal zone run by Coastwatch.