Citizen Science Section

Citizen Science

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Citizen Science refers to any scientific work performed by somebody who is not a professional scientist. These days, we usually think of citizen scientists as people contributing a few minutes of their day in some massive distributed project. They’ll perform simple tasks through a website or app, and the collected results from all the volunteers around the world make a valuable contribution to some serious research.

But we believe that this is only the latest, most modern form of citizen science – anybody volunteering their time or expertise to assist “real” researchers is a citizen scientist. Anybody collecting data or processing results voluntarily, outside of traditional academic or private research organizations, is a citizen scientist. Any amateur astronomer measuring variable stars, or counting meteors, or reporting their observations to a professional body, is a citizen scientist.

The Citizen Science Section

The Citizen Science section of the Astronomical Society of South Africa exists to promote citizen science, We do this on two levels:


  • We want to help volunteers find projects where they can do the most good with the time, skills and resources they’re willing to share.
  • Show off our participation as a society, by recording which projects are supported by our members, and announcing their achievements (awards, special results, publications, etc)