University BioQuest Logo Large White.png

A global competition where universities help map biodiversity

April 1-30, 2019


Participants in the previous University BioQuest


Looking to join a team? That's great, but there's no rush. Player registration opens in early 2019.

Free and Fun to Play

A competition to protect life on earth

Which university has the best wildlife spotters and identifiers? Who can map the most biodiversity? Which student or staff member can find and identify the most unique species relative to their time and location?

The University BioQuest will find out.


About QuestaGame

Your adventure starts today. Start playing the world's first mobile game that takes you outdoors to discover, map and ultimately help protect life on our planet. Your sightings contribute to real research and conservation. Free to play


An Annual, Global Competition

How the #UniBioQuest

What started with a QuestaGame competition between two universities (UC Santa Barbara and Sydney University) in 2017, expanded to 20 universities in 2018, with hundreds of participants submitting over 70,000 sightings and identifications from around the world. The resulting biodiversity data is shared with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF.org) for scientific research and conservation.



A fun way for your community to engage with their natural surroundings...

20180506_185231 copy.jpg
20180506_151920 copy.jpg



...and learn about the plants and animals around them...




...while collecting species data that helps map biodiversity for scientific research and conservation.

It made me more aware of interesting species around me, and I felt like I was contributing to research.
Terrific to see more researchers/academics encouraging participation (and some getting pretty into it themselves). Volume of sightings and variety of species was great.
I discovered that I love to photograph wildlife. I learnt so much more about species in my attempt to identify them.
It got me out discovering new species on campus - dragonflies were a whole new field for me.
Much excitement among the students about the Bioquest, and many did far more work than we ever expected.
A good excuse to get out of the office and spend time with friends on campus finding wildlife.
I was suddenly really observing my surrounds and being able to identify genus species through research.
Trying to obtain good quality photos of some organisms is challenging. I enjoyed it.
Very proud of what the @CharlesSturtUni #QuestaGame clan put up for the #UniBioQuest. We learned a heap about what calls our campus home. We eagerly await the final results
A great opportunity to see sightings from around the world.
A top job Questagame! Congratulations to all involved. The ‘game’ is constantly improving and growing - and that’s just sensational! Thank you.
A liked actually learning what all these hideous bugs are called!