Good news: science is indeed everywhere. So is scientific research, constantly on the hunt for answers on how this world of ours works. The best news is you don’t need to go back to school and toil away on a PhD to get involved in science research. You can make a real contribution right in your own backyard (it could, literally, mean your back yard). Recent years have seen an explosion of opportunities in the area of Citizen Science which means scientific research projects that make use of the efforts and abilities of volunteers to help researchers deal with a flood of data they manage for a project and/or uncover new data .
You can choose the level of effort and find what appeals to you — become really dedicated and make it a new hobby, or just let your computer do the work while you sleep. Your choice! We’ve compiled a list below of a just a few of the many options out there. Take a look and start making your big contribution to science today!