Participate in science

Do you want to do something for the planet? The Museum opens the way for you to join in with its commitment. In the middle of the city, on the beach, in the open country... accompany our researchers in their projects. Explore our participatory science programmes. There's sure to be one for you!

Collecting reliable data in large quantities is sometimes impossible for scientists. That's where you come in. Thanks to simple but rigorous protocols, you can help them in many fields: biodiversity, astronomy, geology, archaeology, heritage, etc. And you don't have to be an expert to take part: the programmes are designed so that everyone can contribute to the research, even without any prior knowledge.

Participant pour l’observatoire de sciences participatives Sauvages de ma rue

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Citizens and sciences

Gathering everyone's knowledge about nature means building collective intelligence to go further thanks to large-scale projects. And while participative science is valuable for our researchers, it is also a source of innovation, enabling them to update and renew the practices, methods and problems they are working on.

By getting involved in a participatory science programme, you will have the chance to discover their work and, more generally, the scientific research process. So get involved! It's an opportunity to acquire new knowledge, become aware of current issues and take action for the planet.

In the footsteps of naturalists

This citizen contribution is nothing new. As early as 1860, the administration of the "Muséum impérial d’Histoire naturelle“ (Imperial Museum of Natural History) drew up instructions for travellers and expatriates on how to collect, conserve and send natural history objects. We are continuing a long tradition of collaboration with non-scientific-professional audiences. In the past, amateur adventurers, enlightened globetrotters, soldiers, doctors and clergymen implemented collection protocols to enrich the collections. Today, it's up to you!

Observe birds in the garden, wild urban plants or the biodiversity of the coastline; take pictures of pollinating insects or transcribe the labels of the Museum's Herbarium; go in search of meteorites or rock outcrops... our projects offer you many ways to get involved. Go for it!

All programmes

To find a programme or an observatory by name, location, theme, type of project or profile of participants, go to This portal, which associates the Museum with the other research establishments of the Sorbonne University Alliance, tells you everything about participatory science and allows you to register online.

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