About US

The Citizen Science Global Partnership is a network-of-networks that seeks to promote and advance citizen science for a sustainable world. Launched in December 2017 at the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment, Citizen Science Global brings together existing networks of citizen science researchers and practitioners with advisory boards representing policy, business, and community-based perspectives.

Foundational Goals

  1. Offer a coordinated point of entry for government, NGO, and business partners seeking to collaborate with the global citizen science community.
  2. Help promote and support networks that advance citizen science, such as the citizen science Associations established in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Offer strategic guidance and support to help new networks, such as emerging Associations in Asia and Africa, form.
  3. Help promote and support consortia of different citizen science projects conducting research on similar topics, such as vector-borne disease or pollution, around the world. This model allows projects to mobilize local communities while sharing good practices and data on global scales.
  4. Support the collection and exchange of open and findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) data by formalizing a citizen science data standard, creating a data directory, and building an open data portal.
  5. Understand and track the contributions of citizen science to supporting sustainable development.


Initial communications materials were prepared for a March 2018 Webinar hosted by Eye on Earth. Slides for this webinar are licensed as CC0, and supporters of the global citizen science community are encouraged to share them broadly.

Next Steps

A session on co-designing the Citizen Science Global Partnership will be held at the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) Conference in June 2018. We are seeking support for future co-design sessions, including a strategic planning workshop.

The Citizen Science Global Partnership will be incubated by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars through 2020.