Author: Amy Slocombe

Voting Open!

Voting is now open for the election of members to the ACSA Management Committee for 2019-2020. We received ten nominations in total for six open positions (General Member Jennifer Loder still has one year remaining in her term, and she will continue on the committee through 2019).

For the positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, one nomination was received per position. The candidates who nominated for these positions will therefore be elected unopposed.

For the two open positions of General Member, we received six nominations. The six Candidates are listed below – you can find their profiles and answers to four questions about the field of citizen science, together with details relevant skills and experience, here. Please use this information to help you decide which two candidates to vote for.

General Member Candidates

  • Julie Boulton
  • Mij Bricknell
  • Alanna Gardner Bell
  • Tess Hayes
  • Patrick Tegart
  • Monique van Sluys

Remember, you must be a Member to vote!

Ready to vote now? Members, log in here to access the ballot.

To become a member and vote, visit: https://citizenscience.org.au/join-now/.

Remember, ACSA membership gives you the power to select Committee members who can help build this association and advance the field of citizen science in Australia.

Full details and links to vote here.

Voting will close at Midnight (AEDT) on Wednesday 14th November. 

Notice of Annual General Meeting

ACSA would like to extend an invitation to you to attend our Annual General Meeting of 2018 and elections for the next two year’s management committee positions. All members of ACSA are invited to attend.

During the AGM we will provide:

  • An overview of our achievements from the year;
  • A summary of the 2017 and 2018 Financial Statements, audited by the Australian Museum, and
  • An opportunity for members to elect the new management committee.

AGENDA

10:30am – Doors Open

10:30am to 10:45am – Registration / Networking

10:45am – Annual General Meeting

DETAILS

Thursday 15th November, 2018

Hallstrom Theatre, Australian Museum | 1 William Street, Sydney, NSW 2010

For those unable to attend in person, we will be live streaming the event via our Facebook page.

Registration is required! 

Please RSVP:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V27YPYK

Interested in joining the Management Committee?

NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED

Being involved in the ACSA Management Committee is a highly rewarding experience which provides members with an opportunity to engage with peers, professionals and the community to help advance citizen science both within Australia and globally.  Nominating for a Management Committee position shows your willingness to be a crucial part of the ACSA team for 2019 and beyond. You are committing to attend a minimum of one committee meeting a month. For the Terms of Reference of the Management Committee, and list of basic responsibilities of each position, please click here.

We ask that you fill out and submit the nomination form. All nominations will be reviewed by the current committee, and someone from ACSA will be in contact with you. Nomination deadline is Monday 29th October, 2018.

Nomination Form

Questions?

Please contact Amy on (02) 9320 6121.

Free Seminar with Martin Brocklehurst – 11 Sept

The Australian Citizen Science Association, CSIRO and GeoScience Australia present the following FREE public seminar by Martin Brocklehurst:

Global Citizen Science – Can Citizens Deliver and Make a Difference?

Tuesday 11 September, 2018
9:30am – 10:30am
CSIRO Discovery Theatre
Black Mountain, ACT

REGISTER NOW!

More Information

We are witnessing an explosion of Citizen Science activity as technology makes it possible for citizens to take part in science and deliver unprecedented levels of quality data across the globe. Martin Brocklehurst has been at the fore front of activity to bring the global citizen science community together to develop global programmes that have the potential to provide data and information that can be used to:

  • Empower citizens to manage emerging risks to their health and wellbeing;
  • To provide information to Governments that can be used to justify policy shifts to deal with emerging global problems such as poor urban air quality and invasive species that bring new diseases and disrupt existing ecosystems;
  • Track progress against the UN Sustainable Development Goals; and
  • Provide health professionals with levels of detail on disease and disease vector carrying species, at a speed and accuracy that will enable scarce resources to be targeted with a precision not possible using conventional scientific approaches.

With support from UNEP and the Wilson Centre in the US, the Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP) was agreed at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA3) in Nairobi 2017. Citizen Science Associations have emerged in Australia (ACSA), Europe (ECSA), the USA (CSA) and Asia (CSAsia) and discussions are underway to set up Associations in Africa and South America. CSGP is planning sessions on Citizen Science in Dubai at the Eye-on-Earth Symposium in October 2018 that will take part in parallel with the UN World Data Forum as the value of unconventional data sources is increasingly recognised by National Government. CSGP will also be present in Nairobi at UNEA4 in March 2019 at the highest-level environmental decision making body on the planet.

This talk and the associated discussions will explore whether we are ready to take the next step as Global Citizen Scientists and develop the integrated programmes that will prove the value of citizen science at the global level. Successful programmes are needed to drive change and encourage Governments to actively engage across the planet with the citizen science community. It will also explore the leading role that Australia could play in that process as the lessons learnt in running citizen science programmes on the Australian continent are shared with the global community.

Speaker: Martin Brocklehurst

Chair of the European Citizen Science Association Policy Working Group & Coordinator of the CSGP Delegation to the UN World Data Forum in Dubai October 2018.

Martin is a founding instigator of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and the Global Mosquito Alert Consortium. He is Chair of the ECSA Policy Working Group and has significantly raised the profile of Citizen Science and its potential value to governments and global institutions, working with UNEP and Citizen Science Associations around the world. Martin is an acknowledged leader of the Citizen Science movement and has developed working relationships at the highest level globally to promote the value of Citizen Science and the data it can deliver to the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Martin is also a national expert on Waste and Resource Management and the UK National Representative on the ISO and CEN/CENELEC Ad Hoc Groups to explore what additional standards are needed to promote the Circular Economy and previously he was the Technical Advisor to the Parliamentary Environment Audit Select Committee, Growing a Circular Economy; Ending the throwaway society as well as adviser to the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) on the same topic.

Martin has taken on environmental advisory roles for a wide range of organisations including NGOs, Public Sector Regulators, Trade Bodies and the UK Parliamentary Audit Committee. For 13 years, he was a senior public-sector regulator, in developing and delivering UK Environmental Regulations, pioneering new approaches to regulation. For 14 years, he was a senior health safety and environmental manager in business recognised for delivering outstanding performance for multi-national oil companies. Independent Environmental Consultant (2011-18), Executive Manager UK Environment Agency (1998-2011), Senior HSE Manager Gulf Oil, Chevron and BP (1984-1998).

Martin’s specific interests in Citizen Science and the SDG’s relate to:

  • Invasive species and in particular tree diseases;
  • Citizen science Global Mosquito Alert and linked CS health monitoring;
  • Citizen science Air Quality monitoring and linked CS health monitoring;
  • Citizen science projects on Resource Efficiency and the Circular economy;
  • Citizen science projects relating to litter monitoring on land and programmes to reduce plastic litter into the marine environment from land; and
  • Citizen science in supporting programmes to understand and reduce the decline in natural ecosystems.

Would you like to join our team?

ACSA Management Committee

ACSA will shortly be calling for nominations from interested persons to join its Management Committee. The following positions will soon be open for nomination and will be voted upon at the Annual General Meeting in November 2018 (date TBC). Terms of office are for two years.

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • General Members (2)

ACSA is looking for energetic, creative, resourceful and forward-thinking individuals who have vision and understanding of the possibilities and challenges that are emerging in citizen science.

We are looking for people with diverse experience who can contribute at a strategic and practical level to building a strong, sustainable and dynamic Association, so that it becomes the hub for citizen science in Australia.

Commitment required as a Management Committee member:

  • Participation in monthly to bimonthly meetings (teleconference/skype).
  • Time for activities required under the constitution and such other time commitments needed to undertake tasks and fulfil roles and ensure responsiveness.
  • It will be an unpaid position.

Eligibility

To be eligible to nominate as a Committee Member, you must possess at least one of the following “skills and experience” criteria:

  • commitment to and experience with citizen science; or
  • experience in managing finances and organisational risk; or
  • ability to work and communicate with stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes; or
  • experience in raising funds and knowledge of funding initiatives; or
  • ability to provide time to the activities of the Management Committee and associated follow-up activities.

Nominations for the above positions will open on 12 October 2018. Please keep an eye on our website and newsletter for details.

If you have any questions or for further information, please don’t hesitate to contact ACSA National Coordinator Amy Slocombe (02) 9320 6121.

Seed Grants available for ACSA Members – call for applications!

ACSA is excited to announce a new initiative.  As a way of giving back and investing in our members we’ve started the ACSA Seed Grants.

The Seed Grants are $500 each and will be awarded to three ACSA members to seed their professional growth or their project’s growth in line with ACSA’s strategic goals of Participation and Practice. These goals are:

Participation – Encourage & promote broad and meaningful participation of society in citizen science so people become partners in creating science & increasing science literacy.

For example (but not limited to):

  • Activities that encourages participation in a citizen science project, could be a workshop, an event or a school outreach program or an app.
  • Development of a citizen science project that aims to meet these goals
  • Resources or training for citizen scientists participating in a project you run

Practice – Support the development of tools, methods, infrastructure, and resources to strengthen the practice, use and study of citizen science.

For example (but not limited to):

  • Attendance at a relevant course or event, such as a conference.  Can include registration, accommodation, flights
  • Development of tools or infrastructure that aims to meet this goal.

Who can enter

This grant is open to all current ACSA members.

How to apply

You nominate yourself by preparing a single document (Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)) that contains the following:

  • Proposal summary – a brief description of what the Seed Grant would be spent on (200 words maximum).
  • Judging criteria – a brief description of how the proposal addresses the judging criteria (2 pages maximum)
  • CV of applicant (maximum 2 pages)

Judging criteria

  1.  Participation and Practice.

In what way does the proposal address ACSA’s strategic goals of Participation and Practice.

  1. Effectiveness

How effective is the proposed activity in addressing these goals.

  1. Benefits and outcomes

How beneficial will the proposed activity and its outcomes be to the applicant’s professional growth or the project’s growth.

Key dates

Entries must be received by Sunday September 30, 2018 5pm AEDT.

The recipients of the Seed Grants will be announced at the ACSA Annual General meeting in November, and on the ACSA website by November 30, 2018.  Recipients will also be contacted by email or phone.

Terms and conditions

  • The grant is open to current ACSA members only.
  • The activity outlined application must be able to be completed within the year following the awarding of the Seed Grant.
  • The Seed Grants are 3 grants of $500 each.
  • Recipients will be asked to provide photos and a blog outlining how they intend to use the Seed Grants, for publication on the ACSA website. Additional information may be required for a year following the awarding of the Seed Grant.
  • Information provided by the recipients may be used by ACSA for promotional/publicity purposes. This may include, and is not restricted to, the information being used on websites, social media, printed material, press releases etc.
  • Personal information provided to ACSA can be used by ACSA, however such use will only be in connection with the Seed Grants.
  • The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.
  • The judges reserve the right not to award the grants if, in their view, the quality of entries is insufficiently meritorious.
  • No entries will be received or considered after the close of entries.
  • Failure to meet all conditions of entry will automatically disqualify an entry.

ACSA t-shirts are here!

What will you be wearing to #CitSciOz18? Your brand new ACSA t-shirt of course!

Free for all ACSA Members, this groovy black and orange t-shirt features the ‘tools of citizen science’, and will be available for collection at the conference registration desk from Wednesday 7th February! A variety of sizes will be available for you to choose from. For those ACSA members not coming to the conference, your t-shirt will be mailed out to you. Additional t-shirts can be purchased for $20 each!

 

Caren Cooper’s new book: Citizen Science

Caren Cooper, one of our exciting keynote speakers for #CitSciOz18, has a new book out “Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery“. Released in the USA about a year ago, it is now available in the UK, and ACSA is excited to have been sent three free copies from the London publisher…which we will be offering as conference prizes!

Professor Muki Haklay, University College London, has written a blog post reviewing the book, which you can read here.

Have you read the book? Let us know your thoughts!

We look forward to hearing more from Caren at #CitSciOz18 in February 2018.

 

Entering a new age

Welcome to the new website for the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA), and the start of a new era for the citizen science community of Australia!

The Management Committee (past and present) along with a slew of incredible people have been working hard to create a tool that will enable our community to connect across Australia, share projects and ideas, and to start delivering membership options and benefits. This new website has been built specifically for our growing community, and will help ACSA support the development of citizen science best practice within Australia. Become a foundation member today!

Registrations for #CitSciOz18 opened on Wednesday 1 November with early bird rates closing December 15th. Register now to secure your place! Be sure to keep an eye out in our newsletter (subscribe here) and here on the website for news, hot goss on the social activities happening as part of the conference and more. You can also follow along on Twitter and on Facebook for news and events.

February 7 to 9 promises to be an incredible collection of citizen science aficionados in Adelaide, with a smorgasbord of practitioners, policy makers, academics, enthusiasts and researchers united in their passion for collaborative science.

Portrait of Dr Alan Finkle

#CitSciOz18: Dr. Alan Finkel confirmed!

We 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. Finkel on Twitter @ScienceChiefAu.