In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals to achieve a better and sustainable world by 2030. The role of science in supporting this global effort is evident, as success depends largely on the availability of data for monitoring and decision-making.

However, often scientists alone cannot provide information at the necessary scale and resolution.

Enter Citizen Science.

Citizen Science, Zurich & the SDGs

Citizen Science complements traditional scientific expertise by engaging the general public in the scientific process, and provides new knowledge by supporting collaborative intelligence and co-creation. By facilitating scientific and community-based solutions, Citizen Science plays a key role in supporting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda.

The Citizen Science Center Zurich aims at enabling researchers and citizens to create and conduct research collaborations that produce excellent science while supporting the SDGs.
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"Science is critical to help meet the challenges for sustainable development as it lays the foundation for new approaches, solutions and technologies to identify, clarify and tackle global challenges for the future."

Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary‐General

Run jointly by the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, the Center supports Citizen Science initiatives at both universities and aims at developing projects that support sustainable development in Switzerland and beyond.

The Citizen Science Center Zurich adheres to the principles of open science and operates in a fully transparent manner.

The Center provides:

Platforms and tools to support scientists and citizens with the planning, implementation and evaluation of Citizen Science projects.

Theoretical, practical, legal and ethical guidelines and standards for the implementation of Citizen Science projects.

A Community
A community of citizen and scientists to strengthen cooperation and cultivate dialogue between the public, academia, industry, and politics.