ACSA member and Citizen.Science.Asia co-Founder Scott Edmunds was part of a 20-person global citizen science delegation to the 4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi last month.
He has written a comprehensive blog about his experience which is well worth a read, you can find it here.
The Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA) was formed to advance citizen science through the sharing of knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy. We are a member-based community that supports, informs and develops citizen science. ACSA membership is open to citizen science project managers, volunteers or anyone with an interest in citizen science. ACSA currently has 255 active members and 11 organisational members.
ACSA is a fully member-based incorporated association and registered charity. We are governed by a volunteer Management Committee consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, three General Members and one Host Institution representative. ACSA currently has one paid staff member or National Coordinator who works three days per week. We have an active social media presence with 4,037 Facebook followers and 4,235 followers on Twitter. For the past four years ACSA has been hosted by the Australian Museum. ACSA is now seeking a new host organisation which can contribute to the ACSA’s mission by providing in-kind resourcing and support, and in exchange have the opportunity to connect with and help develop the National network for citizen science in Australia.
Closing Date: 17th May 2019
Overview of Requirements
Ideally, the host organisation will be able to make available all, or the majority, of the following resources:
- Office resources for up to one full-time equivalent ACSA staff member including computers and telephone, office space and furniture and IT support
- Access to teleconference and videoconference facilities
- Provide work space for ACSA volunteers as required
- Be able to act as an employer of ACSA staff (on and off location) as required
- Make available meeting room space and kitchen facilities
- Support where possible, the objectives and mission of ACSA
- Support efforts to grow the partnership and access mutually beneficial funding opportunities
- Help promote the association through communication channels
Additional ‘nice-to-haves’ include:
- Access to internal graphic design services and print facilities
- Access to host institution merchandise contacts and rates
- Would also welcome the host being able to provide a part time administrative support officer (e.g. managing memberships, general enquiries)
Interested organisations should complete and submit this Expression of Interest form in order to be considered as an applicant for the role of hosting organisation.
Value to host organisation
Citizen science is a field that is burgeoning globally, with significant scientific output and impacts on policy, formal and informal education, and community engagement. The host organisation of the ACSA will benefit through:
- Playing an important and visible role in the development of citizen science in Australia, for the benefit of science, scientists and the wider community.
- Increased capacity and corporate knowledge, particularly in the field of citizen science, and also in related scientific, educational and engagement endeavours.
- Connecting with a large, national and international multi-disciplinary network which includes: community groups, NRM bodies, universities, schools, government agencies, local councils, state and government federal agencies, NGOs and corporate business from across different sectors such as environmental sciences, human science, astronomy, computing and IT.
- Joining a network with influential science champions such as: Dr Geoff Garrett (ACSA’s Patron and former Queensland Chief Scientist), Australian Chief Scientist Alan Finkel AO (through the STAR Portal), as well as State Chief Scientists.
- Engaging with the global citizen science community and developing networks with other international citizen science associations, museums, government institutions, and universities. ACSA is an accredited observer at the United Nations and have sent delegates to UN meetings. We hold an MoU with the European Citizen Science Association and the United States Citizen Science Association. Recently we signed an MoU with United Nations Association Australia.
- Ties and connections with ACSA’s five current Regional Chapters, based in Queensland, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
- A place on ACSA’s Management Committee in the form of the Host Institution representative.
- Organisational Membership of ACSA (with benefits for up to 5 employees).
- Increased visibility through logo placement on ACSA’s website https://citizenscience.org.au/.
- Agreement that ACSA will help promote relevant host institution programs/projects via its social media channels.
All costs associated with the Expression of Interest will be the sole responsibility of the applicant organisation.
Nothing in this Expression of Interest should be construed to give rise to any contractual obligations or rights, explicit or implied, by the issue of this Expression of Interest or the lodgement of it as a submission.
All inquiries and the electronic submission (in Word or PDF only) should be addressed to:
Australian Citizen Science Association
All Expression of Interest forms need to be submitted by 5pm Friday 17th May 2019 in order to be considered as an applicant for the role of hosting organisation.
Each EOI will be assessed by the full ACSA Management Committee according to the criteria below and the successful organisation will be notified by early June 2019.
For more information or to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Amy Slocombe at email@example.com or call 0423 902 810.
Download: Expression of Interest form - Host Institution
Let’s get into the spirit of #citscimonth in April with a t-shirt competition!
No, we’re not stretching or doing yoga…who can guess the MC’s pose?
To enter the competition, wear your ACSA t-shirt and post a photo of yourself on social media with the hashag #citscioztee. You can post your photo directly to the ACSA Facebook page or tag us on Twitter or Instagram. It can be a selfie, a group pic with friends, family, colleagues or pets. Get creative and remember, only the entrant needs to be wearing the ACSA t-shirt in the photo.
Winner and Prize
The photo that receives the most likes before the competition closes on April 30th, 2019, will win a $50 gift voucher from the Australian Museum shop. Not located in Sydney? No problem! ACSA will purchase a gift voucher for the winner’s closest Museum shop. ACSA will notify and announce the winner in May.
Get snapping now!
NB: you must be an ACSA member to be eligible to win
From July to October 2018, we asked for feedback from Australian Citizen Science Association members and our broader network to find out more about our community and how we can help support this network and better shape our association.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey! The results are in and the information you provided us has been collated and presented in the following report:
This feedback has already contributed to efforts to support, develop and grow the ACSA community by informing the devopment of the strategic plan for 2019-2021, and additional actions based on your feedback are detailed in the report.
Should you have any comments or questions about this report, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We need you!
We started something special in 2018 with the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Citizen Science Association. This year, we need you to help us to build a vibrant program for our state’s community of practice (and interest) by joining our Management Committee!
We’re looking for committed, capable, enthusiastic people to keep us all connected to and learning from each other. If you have a role in citizen science and have some time and energy to offer us, we’d be grateful to receive your application for one of the following roles:
- Engagement Officer
- General Committee Member (3 places)
Descriptions of these roles are available here.
Help Lead our Program
We aim to bring the Committee together at least quarterly to plan the Chapter’s program, organise events and align with the programs of member groups and organisations. If you’re passionate about involving people from all walks of life in scientific work, please nominate yourself for a role with Citizen Science Victoria today.
All Committee members must be (or must become) a subscribed member of the Australian Citizen Science Association.
To nominate, please complete and submit the form online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8M86NHT. Nominations close on Sunday, 31 March, 2019.
You can learn more about Citizen Science Victoria – and sign up for email alerts for ACSA-Vic events – at https://inspiringvictoria.org.au/programs/citizen-science/.
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.
Voting will close at Midnight (AEDT) on Wednesday 14th November.
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.
10:30am – Doors Open
10:30am to 10:45am – Registration / Networking
10:45am – Annual General Meeting
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!
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.
Please contact Amy on (02) 9320 6121.
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
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.
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.
- Vice Chair
- 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.
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.