Festival projects

Join the research and discover exciting measures, methods and possibilities around
citizens' research and sustainable development!

careables - making healthcare (AUSTRIA)

The "careables" project combines the forces of care design and the Maker Movement to create personally tailored solutions for barriers. Among others, scientists, people with special health needs and their carers, as well as health care specialists are involved in the project to develop personalized health concepts. The project also promotes the exchange of experience in personalized health care or legal advice.

careables is coordinated by the Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 780298.

Read more about careables here (in German)


Meet je Stad! (NETHERLANDS)

From mountainous areas in Northern Europe to rural areas in Africa, the measurements of "Meet je Stad!" can be carried out anytime and anywhere using solar energy and a satellite connection. The effects of climate change on the local environment are measured. Together with scientists, citizens define research topics, develop measuring instruments and analyse data.

Meet je Stad! is a project of the University of Amersfoort.

Read more about Meet je Stad! here (in German)

Spurensuche Gartenschläfer (GERMANY)

The garden dormouse is a small relative of the dormouse, its "Zorro mask" makes it unmistakable. The dormouse is exclusively at home in Europe and occurs also in wide parts of Germany. However, the population has been declining dramatically for decades. In many regions the garden dormouse is already extinct. Why, is however so far completely unclear.

Our aim is to ensure the survival of the garden dormouse in Germany - so that no further part of its biodiversity is lost.

This is the reason why the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND), the Justus Liebig University Giessen and the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung are now looking for clues.

Spurensuche Gartenschläfer is funded within the framework of the Bundesprogramm Biologische Vielfalt.

Read more about Spurensuche Gartenschläfer here (in German)

TeaTime4App (AUSTRIA)

The focus of this research project is the soil, or more precisely the degradation of organic material in the soil. With the help of an app, citizens can make a valuable contribution to sustainable land use. Investigating the soil, for example by recording the soil color and texture, as well as the tea bag index, improves the understanding of which factors influence decomposition at different times, in different places around the world.

TeaTime4App is a project of the Österreichischen Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit (AGES).

Read more about TeaTime4App here (in German)

Light pollution (GERMANY)

At our booth, we're going to have a cool visual demo that shows how reducing lighting can improve visibility on the street while reducing light pollution. We'll also have interactive media displays where you can explore data related to light pollution. With Radiance Light Trends, you can test how light emissions are changing around the world. With My Sky at Night, you can explore the night sky observations of citizen scientists from around the world from 2006 until today, and you can also play with a prototype system for simulating how changing lighting technologies changes the night sky. In addition, we will present the "Tatort Streetlight" project about species protection through sustainable lighting. Finally, we will invite everyone at the festival to take part in a citizen science activity as part of our Nachtlicht-BüHNE project: walking down a street in Berlin and counting up all the light sources that you can see. This data will help us understand the variability in responses from person to person. We look forward to seeing you!

The project "Radiance Light Trends" is carried out by the Deutschen GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ), which is working for the project "Myskyatnight" together with the Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB). "Nachtlicht-BüHNE" is a project of the Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt  (DLR), the Deutschen GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) and the Helmholtz-Zentrums für Umweltforschung (UFZ). The app „Verlust der Nacht” is a project of the Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB). The project "Artenschutz durch umweltverträgliche Beleuchtung" is integrated in the Bundesprogramm Biologische Vielfalt.

Read more about light pollution here (in German)

D-NOSES: Distributed Network for Odour Sensing Empowerment and Sustainability (SPAIN)

D-NOSES focuses on creating access to information and fostering public participation in the handling of environmental issues. Odor pollution is an environmental problem that has become a part of everyday life worldwide. It empowers citizens with ​Responsible Research and Innovation, citizen science and co-creation tools to design odour pollution control measures at local, national and global levels with CSOs, NGOs, local public authorities, odour emitting industries and academia. The project aims to improve people’s quality of life (SDG3 Good Health and Well-Being), to further sustainable communities through the empowerment of citizens (SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities), and to work in a co-creative and inclusive way through the Quadruple Helix approach (SDG17 Partnerships).

D-NOSES has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 789315.

Read more about D-NOSES here (in German)

EU-Citizen.Science (INTERNATIONAL)

The new online platform "EU-Citizen.Science" is a cooperation project of more than 20 partners and is open to a broad community of citizens and scientists. It bundles important sources, projects and events on Citizen Science and thus supports the exchange of (specialist) knowledge and experience within the community.

EU-Citizen.Science is coordinated by the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 824580.

Read more about EU-Citizen.Science here (in German)

The Alien Insect Takahashia japonica – Wanted Dead or Alive! (CROATIA)

In spring 2020, an unusual species of insect was noticed in the city of Pula in Croatia. First mistaken for some artificial material, it was soon identified as an alien species Takahashia japonica. The native species of Japan, T. japonica, was first recorded in Europe in 2017 in Italy. To find out the distribution of this species, our Invasive Species Centre issued a “warrant” under the title: “The insect Takahashia japonica – Wanted Dead or Alive!”. We sent it to horticultural divisions of all regional municipalities, NGOs and protected areas managers in Istria, Croatia. Due to the recognisable appearance of insect’s egg sacs, citizens could easily notice the species. Reported findings indicated so far limited distribution of the species to the city of Pula. Early detection and use of citizen science resources provided new valuable science data and enabled systematic eradication of registered locations.

The project The Alien Insect Takahashia japonica is carried out by the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism.

Read more about The Alien Insect Takahashia japonica here (in German)

AIRbezen / strawbAIRies – measuring air quality with strawberry plants (BELGIUM)

Strawberry is called "jarrebezen" in the Flemish Antwerp dialect and gives the project its name. Citizens collect data by keeping strawberry plants and sending their leaves to scientists for examination. By studying the strawberry leaves, AIRbezen maps the air quality of a city. The aim of the project is to jointly create a map that represents air quality and to sensitize citizens to question local air quality.

AIRbezen / strawbAIRies is led by the University of Antwerp.


CS as a Lens: Using citizen science to understand the global scope of plastic pollution for SDG 14.1.1. (UNITED STATES)

Plastic Pollution is a pervasive and global issue: 8.3 billion tonnes of plastics are estimated to have been produced since the 1950s. To resolve this, SDG14.1.1 sets the target: “By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris.” A consortium of partners led by UN Environment, through the Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment, and the Wilson Center, through Earth Challenge 2020, have created a global plastics pollution baseline data set to understand marine litter at local to global scales. By coordinating with three existing citizen science projects, and working on making their data interoperable, we are also laying the groundwork for monitoring progress against 14.1.1 moving forward.

To start, Earth Challenge has brought together three different data-sets: The Ocean Conservancy’s - Trash Information and Data for Education and Solutions (TIDES), The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Program (MDMAP), and the European Environmental Agency’s Marine Litter Watch (MLW) Program. Earth Challenge 2020 created a mobile application widget that allows plastic pollution to be cataloged to add to that existing standard. Our process creates an initial global baseline for plastics pollution - helping understand what plastic is where, and how much there is, and most importantly what data gaps still need to be addressed.

CS as a Lens is coordinated by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


CS4Welfare - Citizen Science as an Innovative Form of Citizen Participation for Welfare Society Development (LITHUANIA)

The aim of CS4Welfare is to explore the potential of citizen science as an innovative form of engaging citizens in social problems in local communities and to develop recommendations for governmental institutions and stakeholder groups. The notion of 'citizen science' as an innovative form of citizen engagement is widely applied in the global context. In Lithuania, however, the involvement of citizens in scientific activities is in its infancy. Therefore, this project will explore how citizen science can be used as an innovative form of civic engagement in addressing social problems of local communities and identify the barriers/motivations of involved stakeholders.

CS4Welfare is based at the Kaunas University of Technology.


CitieS-Health (SPAIN)

CitieS-Health aims to put citizens’ concerns at the heart of research agenda on environmental epidemiology by tackling health issues that concern them. Groups of citizens in five cities in Europe will design and run experiments to explore how the pollution in their living environment is affecting their health.

The project will create an interactive toolkit with customised tools and best practices for the replication of the studies in other locations by researchers, individuals and citizen groups.

CitieS-Health includes experts in epidemiology, citizen participation and ethics from five European countries and is coordinated by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 824484.


Marine Litter Action!​ / PT: Ação Lixo Marinho! (PORTUGAL)

The Ocean is essential to Life on Earth and human well-being depends on its existence: not only is it responsible for the hydrological cycle and the climatic variability of the planet, but the Ocean also provides us with food, water and oxygen and sustains countless industries that employ thousands of people and generate wealth in different parts of the world. Despite the fact that marine litter is a topic that is increasingly discussed in daily life, there is still a great lack of knowledge among the Portuguese population regarding individual and collective responsibility in this issue. Our two year project "Ação Lixo Marinho!" aims to raise the public’s awareness, particularly the school community, in order to stimulate reflection, change behaviours and contribute to the establishment of a future generation that perceives the Ocean and its resources as a wealth to be exploited responsibly.

With a coastline of almost 1800 km and an Exclusive Economic Zone of more than 1.7 million square kilometers, Portugal takes on the responsibility of developing strategies and tools that reduce pollution in the marine environment while promoting circular economy, sustainable consumption and waste reduction across the whole of Portuguese society.

Our project Ação Lixo Marinho! perfectly fits into this strategic framework for it extends throughout national territory, involving 12 partners spread across Mainland Portugal, the Autonomous Region of the Azores and the Autonomous Region of Madeira. The project is co-funded by "Fundo Azul" from the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Portugal (FA_06_2017_08). During the last years, the Tavira Ciência Viva Science Centre has been involved in different projects and activities related with Ocean Literacy, Marine pollution, Biodiversity and Conservation, being "Ação Lixo Marinho!" one of the projects currently in development.


Engaging Citizen Scientists in Remote Polar Waters (NORWAY | USA)

Polar regions are an extremely challenging environment for collecting large amounts of in situ data; at the same time, these areas are sensitive indicators of climate change. Access to traditional research is difficult and extremely expensive; however expedition cruise tourism presents a platform with a continuous presence of willing citizen scientists eager for opportunities to engage in participatory science. These observations enhance important data archives from polar regions where remoteness and vulnerable environmental conditions highlight needs for better understanding.  No less valuable, the participatory nature of citizen science data collection in this environment fosters education and better understanding of changing polar climates.

In a collaboration between the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Polar Citizen Science Collective, the Ice Watch and Happywhale mobile app modules are utilizing polar travelers to coordinate visual observations of sea ice and individual marine mammals for fun and for science.



URwatair is a citizen science project supporting the improvement of quality of life in urban environments by employing citizens in environmental pressure identification, relevant data analysis, and synergetic best practices compilation. URwatair is divided into two sub-projects, URair and URwater. Our team focuses on air quality in the city of Thessaloniki. The main goal is to involve citizens in air pollution monitoring, based on scenarios reflecting their everyday utility, and in the analysis and reasoning process based on collected data in order to arrive at best practices under a consensus umbrella.

URair is led by the Environmental Informatics Research Group, School of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


OpenLitterMap - Open Data on Plastic Pollution with Blockchain Rewards (Littercoin) (IRELAND)

Plastic pollution is a global epidemic however there is insufficient data to understand and mitigate it. Many efforts have been made at quantifying plastic on beaches, but very few efforts exist at crowdsourcing data on the pre-marine terrestrial characteristics, and even fewer projects open their data. OpenLitterMap brings transparency, democracy and unrestricted progress to legal and scientific investigation on this global epidemic.


Forschen ohne (Alters)Grenzen (GERMANY)

In the project the name is program. Here, young and old alike devote themselves to a diverse range of research in over a dozen different working groups - from history to economics or social sciences to medicine. Always in view: the unifying element of science.

Citizens do research from all fields of science in the sense of learning through research. They determine the object and method of research themselves; the scientific support provides impulses, qualifies methodically and guides reflection. The aim is to produce publications or other products that are made available to science and the public. As examples we present the working groups Plant Ecology and Lifestyle in old age.

Forschen ohne (Alters)Grenzen is based at the Zentrum für Allgemeine Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung (ZAWiW) of University of Ulm.