Otago Participatory Science Platform

Participatory science involves volunteers in locally-relevant scientific research projects in collaboration with science professionals, building partnerships between scientists and the broader community.

Otago has been selected as one of three regions to pilot a programme where contestable funds, support and scientific expertise will be made available to community groups, schools, kura, local rūnaka, businesses and other organisations who may have a research idea that they need help bringing to life.

The Otago initiative is a collaboration between the Otago Museum, the University of Otago, the Otago Polytechnic, Ngāi Tahu and the NZ International Science Festival. The collaboration, known as Otago Science Into Action, is led by the Otago Museum.

Hey, Otago, got a research idea you want help getting off the ground?
Check out science into action!


Otago Region


Craig Grant (Project Manager)

Lead organisation

Otago Museum

Partners & Collaborators

University of Otago

Otago Polytechnic

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

NZ International Science Festival


Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)