Citizen Science


Emerging evidence suggests that greenspace, whether used for recreation or physical activity (i.e. ‘green exercise’), can improve mental health and wellbeing. Indeed, individuals who use greenspaces or engage in green exercise have less mental distress, less anxiety and depression and healthier cortisol levels.  GreenspaceHack aims to facilitate better design of greenspaces to promote health by providing robust evidence on which characteristics of greenspace citizens value most and which contribute to promoting healthier urban environments at individual and local levels.


openSenseMap is a platform for open sensor data started in 2015 at the GI@School lab at the Institute for Geoinformatics in Münster. As part of the senseBox the project aims at educating pupils and citizens. It offers a platform for them to not merely share their environment sensor data but also to be able to view, download, and research worldwide data from other participants.

People from around the world publish the data they captured to answer various research questions as a citizen science project


The Folding@home team released its software to the public in September 2000. The aim of the project is to simulate protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Influenza, and many others. In order to carry out these simulations you need enormous computing power, which is extremely expensive. Folding@home brings together citizen scientists who volunteer to run simulations on their personal computers.

World Community Grid

World Community Grid enables anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet to donate their unused computing power to advance cutting-edge scientific research on topics related to health, poverty, and sustainability. It brings together volunteers and researchers at the intersection of computational chemistry, open science and citizen science.  


You don’t have to be a scientist to do science.  

This is the slogan of the Rosetta@home project. The idea is quite simple – you can donate free computing capacity in times where you don’t need it to determine the 3-dimensional shapes of proteins. By running the Rosetta program on your computer, you will help researchers speed up processes and increase knowledge to fight against major human diseases such as such as HIV, Malaria, Cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Currently, Rosetta@home is mainly used to model important coronavirus proteins.