Author: Amy Slocombe

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.

#CitSciOz18: Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

We know that many of you have been working hard on your abstracts for #CitSciOz18…and if you didn’t get yours in by the 10th, it’s not too late! We are pleased to announce that the submission deadline has been extended until

FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER 2017! (midnight, AEDT)

That gives you an extra 10 days to get your abstracts ready…

Check the abstracts guidelines here

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ABSTRACT PORTAL

CitSciOz18 – Call for Abstracts OPEN!

The Call for Abstracts for the 2018 Australian Citizen Science Conference is now OPEN!

Please refer to the abstracts page on the conference website for all the guidelines on abstract submission, including:
* presentation themes
* presentation types
* abstract selection criteria
* key dates, and
* the Abstract Submission Portal

The Call for Abstracts will be open for 4 weeks only…closing date is 10 October 2017. Don’t leave it to the last minute – get cracking and submit your abstract pronto!

Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent to submitting authors in November, 2017.

If you have any questions about the Abstract Submission Portal, please contact Shanna Sheldrick of Premier Event Concepts via email shanna@premiereventconcepts.com.au.
Otherwise please contact Amy via info.acsa01@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading about all the great work you’re doing!

Visit from South Korea

On the August 17th Erin Roger, Amy Slocombe and Michelle Neil, together with Streamwatch coordinator Greg McDonald, hosted a South Korean delegation at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Ms Park (Dongguk University) and Mr Kim (Korea University) were in Australia on a research trip to gather information for their new citizen science project “Building a Citizen Science Platform in South Korea”. It was interesting to chat with people who are just starting to realise the potential of citizen science, and who are seeking to learn from countries who are ahead in this space. Ms Park and Mr Kim are aspiring to establish citizen science as a mainstream scientific strategy for their country and it was rewarding to be able to share ACSA’s story with them, and a great opportunity for us to reflect on how far we’ve come in such a short period of time! We hope to see Ms Park and Mr Kim at our conference next February!