There is a whole spectrum of different types of citizen science activities - from participative, to collaborative through to co-created projects, where the public work alongside scientists to contribute ideas, questions and methods to the research project.

The BSA has a long history of promoting and partnering with citizen science and mass participation projects and recording projects where people are involved in the scientific process by contributing real data to real scientific studies. We believe that taking part in these kinds of activities can be hugely enjoyable as well giving a unique insight in to the world of working in science for people of all ages. 

If you're interested in talking to us about Citizen Science, please contact our Engagement team to find out more about how we work.

Current projects

  • British Science Week - each year, we encourage people to get involved in a citizen science project or mass participation project.  Over the last few years, we have encourage the public to get involved in a range of activities - from helping to calculate the movement of spring across the UK (in partnership with the Woodland Trust), to participating in online classifications of nematode worms, bat signals and penguins.  For British Science Week 2018, we partnered with The Plastic Tide, and asked people to spot plastic on beaches all around the UK coastline.

  • Access Labs - we currently have a new engagement format in development, which pairs local researchers with their communities.

Recent Past Projects