In these months in which many of us are forced to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many citizen science activites we can do to feel less isolated or contribute to interesting research.

Here is a list of projects to contribute to from your home:

  • Participate in the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge to track biodiversity aound us; if you missed the first part of the challenge, you can join in for the second part and help identify what was photographed by others.
  • Help categorize galaxies in GalaxyZoo, one of the many Zooniverse ongoing projects.
  • You can also track and count penguins in remote regions of the world in Penguin Watch (also hosted by Zooniverse).
  • Take part in one of the Citizen Science Month online events.

Here is a list of COVID-19 related tools:

  • If you or your community have been affected by the impact of the global pandemic, you can report your experience on CoronaReport.
  • Flusurvey is a tool that monitors infectious diseases in the communities. It was repurposed from a tool developed to track the effects of the 2009 swine flu.
  • Operation COVID19 is a project to track and prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Check out COVIDbase for a continuously updated tracker of coronavirus related projects.



Photo via Penguin Watch