Research group Citizen Science

FLOW: Fließgewässer erforschen - gemeinsam Wissen schaffen

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Short description

The aim of the FLOW monitoring is to investigate the potential of Citizen Science for ecological und ecotoxicological freshwater monitoring. We are developing a Citizen Science programme to assess the aquatic insect and invertebrate diversity as indicators for the ecological status and pesticide contamination of streams in the three German federal states Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt in 2020 and 2021. The participating citizen scientists will also assess the structural quality of the stream habitats and measure basic chemical water quality parameters.

FLOW will complement the German national stream monitoring programme (KGM) organised by the UFZ-Department System-Ecotoxicoloy and the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA). To carry out the volunteer trainings and fieldwork, we are working in close cooperation with the ‘environment buses’ of the Saxonian Foundation for Nature and Environment (LaNU).

Structure of the project

First, we will assess the structure and quality of ecotoxicological Citizen Science data and how to improve these through taylored training and guidance. Second, we will identify adequate integration methods of Citizen Science monitoring projects with structured monitoring programmes by scientific institutes and environmental agencies. Third, we will evaluate the extent and quality of ecological and transformative learning processes afforded by the Citizen Science programme.

For more information you can visit our project website (in German).


Julia von Gönner

Phone: +49 (0)341 97 33150



  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Liess, Dept. System-Ecotoxicology (UFZ Leipzig)
  • Anna-Katharina Klauer, Saxonian Foundation for Nature and Environment (LaNU)

External Partners
  • German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA)


The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU funds this project.