The Austrian Citizen Science Conference focuses on the collaboration between academia and science with the community, thereby encouraging interaction between scholars, researchers, citizens, and professionals in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Supported by the Citizen Science Network Austria and the related online platform Österreich forscht, opens an external URL in a new window, the conference has served as a venue to not only engage in exchange beyond one's own discipline and explore and research new formats and methods, but also explore findings about - and arising from - collaboration efforts between science, academia, and the public.
Citizen Science can occur at different levels, such as "global-regional-local", as previously discussed at the 2022 Forum Citizen Science, opens an external URL in a new window in Germany. Citizen Science can also impact science, academia, and the community, as demonstrated in 2023 at the CitSciHelvetia 2023, opens an external URL in a new window under the theme "Impact By Participation". With increasing frequency, researchers, decision-makers, and citizens are asking: "Citizen Science - Why Not (Really)?", as discussed during the last Austrian Citizen Science Conference, opens an external URL in a new window held in 2022. As part of the 2023 Austrian Citizen Science Conference, we would like to intentionally and consciously build a bridge to affiliated conferences in Germany and Switzerland in an effort to continue discussions, strengthen partnerships, and explore new ideas and methods.