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7 – 9 February 2018
City West Campus, UniSA,
47 – 55 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

The Australian Citizen Science Association invites you to join us in Adelaide from February 7-9, 2018 as we bring together citizen science practitioners, participants, thought leaders and decision makers for the Australian Citizen Science Conference 2018 #CitSciOz18.

Featuring international keynote speakers Dr. Caren Cooper and Amy Robinson Sterling, along with Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Finkel and Eureka prize winner Dr. Emilie Ens, the aim of #CitSciOz18 is to showcase best practice in citizen science and share project outcomes from across Australia and the world!

#CitSciOz18 promises to be an exceptional event and we invite you to join us at the University of South Australia’s City West Campus in the vibrant centre of Adelaide. Conference registration will open shortly, in the mean time we encourage you to sign up for our newsletter so you know the moment registration opens!

Presentation Themes

The presentation themes running through our conference have been decided by YOU! Many thanks to all of you who had input via our conference survey.

  • Social research in citizen science
  • Engaging citizens
  • Working with the education sector
  • Communication & promotion
  • Data management & sharing
  • Showcasing science outcomes
  • Field-based projects
  • Partnerships & collaboration

Important Dates

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Registration fees

Full registration

Registration type Early bird (before 8/12/17) Standard (from 9/12/17)
ACSA Member $290 $365
Non-member $375 $450
ACSA Member
Student / Senior
$215 $290
Student / Senior
$300 $375

Day registration

Registration type Early bird (before 8/12/17) Standard (from 9/12/17)
ACSA Member $165 $215
Non-member $250 $300
ACSA Member
Student / Senior
$130 $180
Student / Senior
$215 $265

Call for Abstracts

The call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN and the deadline has been extended until Friday 20th October, 2017! Please click here for further details and access to the Abstract Submission Portal.

Conference Sponsorship

CitSciOz18 offers a range of partnership opportunities. Support for this conference provides a platform to reach a diverse, energetic, national audience working in many aspects of science, research, policy making and the community, and we are anticipating an audience of approximately 350 people.

Please join us as a sponsor! Our Sponsorship Prospectus provides an overview of sponsorship packages and benefits, and we are also willing to discuss a tailored package to best meet your advertising means. Please contact us for more details.

Conference Highlights

Key Note Speakers

Dr. Caren Cooper

Dr. Caren Cooper is an associate professor at North Carolina State University. She is author of Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery. On Twitter, Cooper (@CoopSciScoop) is founder and moderator of #CitSciChat (panel discussions), @IamCitSci (an account with weekly rotating hosts), and #WhoLaidIt (a natural history game). She is director of research partnerships with, the largest searchable repository of citizen science projects. Cooper’s research focuses on birds, public stewardship of birds, and community pollution monitoring and mapping (sometimes with birds!).

Cooper has over 50 publications to her name, and helped design citizen science projects at the Cornell Lab or Ornithology including YardMap, NestWatch, and Celebrate Urban Birds. She has two current citizen science projects. Sparrow Swap helps volunteer nest monitors minimise damage by house sparrows while exploring the potential of house sparrow eggs as a tool for the biomonitoring of contaminants. Sound Around Town investigates ecology and human well-being associated with soundscapes in suburban and urban areas. Cooper also studies the phenomenon of citizen science across the ecosystem of people and project within in order to guide project design.

Cooper serves on the Board of the CSA (2017-2020), the ethics working group, and led the committee to create a new journal, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. She was co-editor-in-chief for the CSA’s journal (2014-2016) and is now associate editor (2017+). She is co-chair of the international CODATA-WDS Task Group on Citizen Science and the Validation, Curation, and Management of Crowdsourced Data.

Amy Robinson Sterling

Portrait of Amy Robinson SterlingAmy Robinson Sterling is the Executive Director of EyeWire, a Game to Map the Brain. EyeWire crowdsources neuroscience, challenging hundreds of thousands of players around the world to solve 3D puzzles and map out neurons, allowing neuroscientists to chart synaptic connections and model circuitry of the brain.

Sterling has advised The White House OSTP and the US Senate on crowdsourcing and open innovation. Under her leadership, EyeWire’s neuroscience visualizations have appeared at TED, the United Nations and Times Square NYC. She helped create the world’s first neuroscience virtual reality experience. Sterling curates the NIH 3D Print Exchange Neuroscience collection. Fast Company credits Sterling with “Making neuroscience into a playground for the hot tech du jour.” Sterling has written for Vice, the BBC, Natura, and Forbes. You can follow her on Twitter at @amyleesterling.

Dr Emilie Ens

Portrait of Dr Emily EmsDr Emilie Ens is a cross-cultural ecologist in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Macquarie University. Over the last 10 years she has worked with Aboriginal Rangers and communities in Indigenous Protected Areas in Arnhem Land, and more recently in northern NSW, to develop collaborative action research projects that strive to better understand and manage Country and culture. Her work is holistic, people-focussed and place-based with a focus on two-way “learning by doing” (ie learning by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people). Her team’s projects have included fencing and monitoring culturally significant wetlands to raise awareness about the eco-cultural impacts of feral buffalo and pig; cross-cultural biodiversity surveys and monitoring cultural values with young people using new electronic technologies.

Dr Ens also works at national and international levels to advocate for enhanced cross-cultural engagement in environmental research and management. She was invited as a member to Australia’s Ecosystem Science Council’s Inspiring a Generation Working Group, the Ecological Society of Australia’s Research Chapter Working Group and IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management Thematic Groups (invasive Species and Ecosystems; Cultural Practices and Ecosystem Management. For her work with the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge Working Group, her team won the 2014 Banksia Award for Indigenous Leadership in Sustainability. In 2017 the Ngukurr Wi Stadi Bla Kantri (We study the Country) Research team she leads with Elders in SE Arnhem Land won the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science. In collaboration with the Yugul Mangi, Numbirindi and Yirralka Rangers she was also successful in obtaining a recent Australian Government Citizen Science Grant for cross-cultural biodiversity surveys across 40,000km2 of eastern Arnhem Land. Dr Ens also lectures in Environmental Management at Macquarie University.

Dr. Alan Finkel

Portrait of Dr Alan FinkleWe are very excited to announce that our final keynote speaker has been confirmed as Dr. Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist. Dr. Finkel completes an exceptional line up of key note speakers for #CitSciOz18.

The Federal Government, under Dr. Finkel’s science stewardship, is a strong proponent of citizen science and supports several initiatives for citizen science capacity building and project development.

Dr. Finkel is an engineer, neuroscientist, successful entrepreneur and philanthropist with a personal commitment to innovation and commercialisation. He is passionate about communicating the wonders of science.
You can follow Dr. Finkle on Twitter @ScienceChiefAu.

Special Events

Draft Conference Schedule

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

  • Conference Registration Desk open
  • Optional sessions e.g. meetings for partner organisations, special-interest workshops, meet & greet for attendees
  • Conference Registration open
  • Optional Park Lunch – BYO lunch
  • Welcome and Keynote Address
  • Concurrent Sessions and Symposia
  • Poster Session #1
  • Welcome Reception

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

  • Conference Registration open
  • Keynote Address
  • Panel Discussion
  • Concurrent Workshop & Tours
  • Conference Registration open
  • Lunch
  • Poster Session #2
  • Concurrent Session & Symposia
  • Public Lecture

Friday, February 9th, 2018

  • Conference Registration open
  • Concurrent Session & Symposia
  • Poster Session #3 / workshops
  • Conference Registration open
  • Lunch
  • Concurrent Session & Symposia
  • Closing Address
  • Closing Reception

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Optional bus tours, activities, citizen science ‘fair’, additional workshops or meetings

Conference Scholarships

We are offering a number of travel scholarships of up to AU$500 for students, emerging professionals (first three years of work), Indigenous participants and those with limited institutional funding. More details will be made available shortly, including eligibility and application requirements, so please stay tuned.

Conference Hotels

Recommendations for hotels will be made available shortly. Attendees should book accommodation directly with the accommodation providers.

Stay in Touch

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Conference Organising Committee

  • Philip Roetman, University of South Australia
  • Sylvia Clarke, Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR)
  • Frank Grutzner, University of Adelaide
  • Tahlia Perry, University of Adelaide
  • Brianna le Busque, University of South Australia
  • Erin Roger, ACSA Chair
  • Alexis Tindal, ACSA Treasurer
  • Ellie Downing, ACSA Secretary
  • Jessie Cappadonna, ACSA General Member
  • Amy Slocombe, ACSA Support Officer