Citizen science has progressed immensely in the last years. International and national organizations, societies, and institutions recognize the big potential in including lay- people in scienti c discoveries and projects. e Citizen Science Association in the United States (http://citizenscience.org/), the Australian Citizen Science Association (http://www.citizenscience.org.au/), and the European ... [Show full abstract] Citizen Science Association (https://ecsa.citizen-science.net/) all foster this method on an international level by connecting scientists, citizens, politicians, and administrators. Also on, national-scale initiatives exist with the aim to connect citizen science actors to learn from each other and do a lot of awareness projects for citizen science.
One of the rst national initiatives in Europe was the Austrian platform Österreich forscht (www.citizen-science.at). It was established in 2013 and connects scientists, citizens, and citizen science actors in general. On its website, it displays citizen science projects that invite people to participate all over Austria. More than 50 projects can be found so far. Another objective is to increase the knowledge and the quality of citizen science in Austria.