This is (not) rocket science!

Space science informed by Citizen Scientists

Initiated by the Vienna Museum of Science and Technology, LIQUIFER and 10 other research partners are generating a platform to reflect upon developments in space science which will affect our future in Space and on Earth.

During the project children and young people will take on the role of Citizen Scientists, researching their own interests and formulating their aspirations, needs and visions, in order to become experts and co-designers of their own future. A youth advisory board will act as Mission Control from where they will steer the radically participatory research process. The project addresses the following subjects: ‘NEW SPACE thinking ahead’, ‘Moon village or Mars colony?’, ‘Women in space’ and ‘Space junk or world heritage?’.

The cooperation between schools and institutions involves children and young people of all ages (from 3 to 18 years) and different socio-economic backgrounds as well as partners working within space science in Austria. The LIQUIFER team will share their expertise on how to work within collaborative projects and its insider knowledge on how to design for living on Moon or Mars. LIQUIFER looks forward to the collaboration with the Federal Institute for the Blind, as they already expertly design their own worlds in the challenging environment of their everyday life.

THIS IS (NOT) ROCKET SCIENCE! is a 3-year project and started in September 2022. The project is funded as part of the „Sparkling Science 2.0“ funding line. With this programme, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) funds citizen science projects where children, young people and civil society are actively involved in the research process.


LIQUIFER team  Waltraut Hoheneder, Barbara Imhof, René Waclavicek

photos © Technisches Museum Wien