Examining the usability of Citizen Science for obtaining indoor radon concentration data

Radon can cause cancer - the naturally occurring radioactive gas can enter houses through soils. So how high are the concentrations of radon in building interiors in Germany? And to what extent is it possible to effectively determine these concentrations with the involvement of interested laypersons? The research project commissioned by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection first evaluates the benefits of a citizen science project on radon in Germany. In the next step, the IZT develops concrete proposals for the implementation of participatory methods to measure indoor radon concentrations.
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Untersuchung zur Nutzbarkeit von Citizen Science zur Gewinnung von Daten zur Radoninnenraumkonzentration
01.11.2021 - 31.07.2022
Federal Office for Radiation Protection


There are two central tasks in the centre of a future Citizen Science project: the collection of data on indoor radon concentrations and the improvement of the population's knowledge about radon as a health hazard. Aspects of measurement technology, social, societal and data protection law are to be included. Furthermore, the scientific quality of scientific-technical projects in Germany and of international radon projects is to be assessed. The focus of the analysis is clearly on the one hand on the socio-scientific and on the other hand on the participatory perspectives of Citizen Science.


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