13 December 2016
Großer Festsaal, University of Vienna

Citizen Science Awards 2016

Organized by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), the Citizen Science Awards Ceremony 2016 will take place on the 13th of December at 17:00 at the University of Vienna. The winners of IIASA’s FotoQuest Austria game will receive their prizes at the event from Dr. Steffen Fritz, leader of the project.

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From April till October 2016 citizens in Austria had the opportunity to take part in ten research projects via apps, games and online platforms. During the Citizen Science Awards Ceremony 2016, they will be awarded for their engagement in research projects and their valuable contribution to science by Marie Céline Loibl, Director of the Sparkling Science Program of BMWFW and project leaders, such as Steffen Fritz, Leader of IIASA’s Earth Observation Systems Group and the FotoQuest Austria Project.

For further information and registration please visit here!

FotoQuest Austria is a game-like app that allows participants to take geo-located photographs of landscapes for science. The project aims to gather information about land use change in Austria that is important for research on climate change and flood risk. It also aims to spark a sense of adventure and exploration, encouraging participants to get outside and enjoy nature. Participants may win great prizes as well.

FotoQuest Austria has recently been extended to Europe and it is now called FotoQuestGo! FotoQuestGo will be launched in early spring 2017.

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Last edited: 09 December 2016


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