Projects


Here you will find current Citizen Science projects of BOKU Vienna.

Biochar: NET-2-U-2

Get involved in the project by doing your own pot experiment in your garden or on your balcony with biochar and beans. Your data will provide an important contribution for determining the impact of biochar on biological nitrogen fixation in bean-plants.

Coordinator: Rebecca Hood-Nowotny

Institute: Institute of Soil Research

Project website: https://biocharnet2u.wordpress.com/

Project Roadkill

In this project, you will be able to actively participate in a scientific project on the topic "Roadkill". In this project we collect data on what kind of animals come to death on streets and what are the reasons for it. Hotspots are identified with your data and an attempt is made to defuse these hotspots.

Coordinator: Florian Heigl

Institute: Institut für Zoologie

Project website: http://roadkill.at/en

Die Igel sind los!

Interested citizens can track down the hedgehog in gardens and find out where hedgehogs live on their doorstep.

Coordinator: Silvia Winter

Institute: Institut für Integrative Naturschutzforschung

Project website: http://igelimgarten.boku.ac.at/

Goldschakal

The golden jackal is a very shy animal and lives very hidden, at a first glance the distinction to fox or wolf is sometimes not so easy - but on closer inspection, there are a few unique features.

If you feel you have seen a golden jackal in Austria, or find a canine animal on your game camera, please notify us of your reference.

Coordinator: Jennifer Hatlauf

Institute: Institut für Wildbiologie und Jagdwirtschaft

Project website: www.goldschakal.at

Fire-Database

In spring 2013, the Institute of Silviculture has created a web platform that enables a simple and system-independent collection and analysis of forest fires. The Web-GIS application "Fire Database" is freely accessible and allows interested parties to query forest fire events and to create statistics or graphics. Similarly, current or historical forest fires can be reported via an online entry form.

Coordinator: Harald Vacik

Institute: Institut für Waldbau

Project website: http://fire.boku.ac.at/public/

“Homegrown - There is nothing like a homegarden”

Farmers homegardens, their diversity of the plant species used and the associated knowledge of the garden managers, are an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Lienz district of Eastern Tyrol. Together with scholars of the BG / BRG Lienz (with professors for biology, mathematics / Physics and English), we examine the diversity and the use of plants in rural home gardens. The results will be compared to data collected from surveys conducted 20 years ago in the same gardens and will help identify transformations of the gardens and their management. Garden managers motivations, attitudes and values towards gardening will also be investigated.

Within the scope of a complementary Citizen Science module the local gardeners will be invited to participate in our research. They will carry out surveys in their own gardens, to explore the perception of the local population about the physical and intangible ecosystem services of homegardens.

Coordinator: Christian R. Vogl

Institute:  Institut für Ökologischer Landbau

Project website: http://www.nas.boku.ac.at/ifoel/arbeitsgruppen/arbeitsgruppe-wissenssysteme-und-innovationen-agwi/projekte/homegrown/