Citizen science is the contribution of volunteer citizens to science by carrying out observations, helping to compile databases, or engaging in other assisting activities. Although the lion’s share of citizen science today takes place in the field of natural sciences, the help of amateur scientists is also used in one way or another in medical research, linguistics, anthropology, etc.
The Estonian Citizen Science Association operates at the Estonian Naturalists’ Society, bringing together people who wish to participate in the development and strengthening of citizen science.
In Europe, citizen science institutions and organisations are united by the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA). The University of Tartu represents Estonia in the association.
Under the leadership of ECSA, a European-wide citizen science portal has been developed, where you can share information on projects, compile information materials, and communicate in thematic forums. In addition, the environment also offers the opportunity to organise trainings.