Programs and initiatives

EPA Victoria Citizen Science program


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‘Citizen science can play its part in increasing community awareness of environmental problems’ – Bob Temple, EPA citizen scientist


Become a citizen scientist

EPA citizen scientists learn new skills, new ways of thinking about their local environment, and can meet people in their community with similar interests. 

What is citizen science?

Citizen science involves volunteers from the community being part of scientific projects. This involvement can include the co-design of projects, data collection and the interpretation of data.

Citizen science creates a two-way working relationship between EPA and the Victorian community and promotes a shared understanding of important environmental issues. Through citizen science, community members are empowered to be involved in scientific projects traditionally limited to trained scientists.

Aims of EPA’s citizen science projects

 The aims of EPA’s citizen science projects are to:

  • deliver high quality applied science outcomes for Victorians
  • empower community to a play a meaningful role in environmental science and decision making
  • foster innovative science through new technology and new approaches to tackling environmental issues by partnering with community.

Meet our citizen scientists

Established in 2014, EPA's Citizen Science program has engaged with over 100 citizen scientists across a range of projects. Our citizen scientists provide EPA and the Victorian community with important scientific information.

Meet some of EPA's citizen scientists.

Contact us

For more information on current or future citizen science opportunities, please email the Citizen Science Program Coordinator on contact@epa.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated on 3 Apr 2020