Research is not solely the domain of scientists: amateurs, volunteers, and schools sometimes play a key role. This is particularly true in the natural sciences. Our institute boasts a tradition of citizen science: monitoring wild birds, cataloging biodiversity, observing animals in the classroom, and more. Citizen science has been on the rise since the advent of digital cameras, GPS devices, and specialized apps and websites that facilitate the sharing of data.
Citizen scientists in the news
Citizen scientists describe 31-million-year-old driftwood with attached sea life from Schelle
Amateur palaeontologists have unearthed a large piece of driftwood that ended up in the sea some 31 million years ago and around which a lot of marine life fossilized. A rare find.
EU-Citizen.Science: a platform dedicated to citizen science!
The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is a member of EU-Citizen.Science. The mission of this project is to create THE online platform which will represent the reference point for citizen science. On this platform you will find: