Category: ACSA development

Notice of 2019 ACSA AGM

ACSA would like to extend you an invitation to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting of of the Australian Citizen Science Association and elections for two General Member management committee positions.

During the AGM we will provide:

  • An overview of our achievements from the year;
  • A summary of the 2018-19 Financial Statement, and
  • An opportunity for members to elect two new General Members to the management committee.

AGENDA

1:00pm – Doors Open

1:00pm to 1:15pm – Registration / Networking

1:15pm – Annual General Meeting

2:00pm – Close

DETAILS

Monday 11th November, 2019

Meeting Room 450 | Level 4 Carslaw Building F07 | Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Meeting Room 450 directions)

For those unable to attend in person, we will be offering the meeting as a Zoom meeting (details to come), and we will also live stream it via our Facebook page.

Interested in joining the Management Committee?

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 2020 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 28th October, 2019.

Nomination Form

Questions?

Please contact Amy Slocombe on 0423 902 810.

Nominate for a role on the ACSA Committee!

It’s an election year for ACSA, which means that ACSA Members are eligible to nominate for a position on our Management Committee! We have two General Member positions coming up in November. We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic people who have a little bit of time available to dedicate to growing ACSA and helping us achieve our strategic goals.

Skills or experience in fundraising, grant writing, graphic design and/or WordPress would be advantageous! And the perks are that you get to work with a group of motivated citizen science lovers and shape the future direction of ACSA!

For more information about what being on the Management Committee entails, please refer to our Terms of Reference.

If you would like to nominate, please click here to access the nomination form. Nominations are due Monday 28th October.

Tell us more – updating your ACSA member profile

Two of the key findings from the Member Survey we conducted last year are:

  • people are seeking a community through ACSA, and
  • members are most interested in exchanging knowledge & experiences, and building a professional network.

To help facilitate these wishes, we’ve expanded the ‘My ACSA Profile’ section on our website and invite you to enter additional information about yourself and your citizen science experience / engagement. We hope that this will help foster that sense of community and enable you to learn more about other members interests and skill sets, which may help achieve that goal of building a professional network. This information will only visible to other ACSA members who are logged in to the membership portal. 

We are also working on a search function, which we hope, in time, will allow you to search for ACSA members who are based in Western Australia and who are interested in human health, for example. This sort of capability will be fantastic in terms of allowing you to connect with others in your field, or in terms of finding the right person to answer a question you may have.

We invite you to update your ACSA member profile now. Click on the link below, select My member profile > Profile > Edit.

 

Mozzie Monitors and Urban Foresters with ACSA-SA

By Katie Irvine, ACSA-SA Chair

The South Australian Chapter hosted a community meeting with citizen science presentations at Glenunga Hub on Thursday evening 13th June.

Craig Williams from UniSA spoke about some citizen science projects that his group have started over the last year. These include Mozzie Monitors: A crowd-funded mosquito surveillance program throughout SA involving over 100 citizen scientists, and Activating Citizen Scientists: An initiative with SA Health’s Office for Ageing Well.

Philip Roetman from the City of Burnside gave the first public talk about his new Urban Foresters Project. This project is enabling local residents to learn about and help monitor the urban forest, with a variety of activities to cater for different interests.

Dr. Philip Roetman of the Burnside City Council talking about Urban Foresters

We also heard from Tahlia Perry about her recent trip to the Citizen Science Association conference in North Carolina U.S.A., where she presented on EchidnaCSI. Her interesting insights from the conference included the popularity of the iNaturalist platform and the growing field of environmental activism through citizen science.

Thank you to everyone who came along, an enthusiastic group of about 40 citizen science participants, practitioners and new comers. The next ACSA-SA meeting will be an informal catch-up at an Adelaide pub. We will send an invite via the ACSA-SA email list, please email acsasacommittee@gmail.com to register for this list. We hope to see you there.

ACSA-SA meeting: 6th June

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA-SA) invite you to join us for a citizen science meeting on Thursday 6th June at the Glenunga Hub, 6-7pm.

The meeting will include two project leaders who will talk about their SA-based citizen science projects and you will hear about the US citizen science conference that was held in March from one of our committee members who attended.

This event is open to practitioners and participants in SA citizen science or anyone who has an interest in this area of research.

Here at ACSA-SA we are aiming to bring the citizen science community in South Australia closer. We hope to see you at this meeting.

Speakers are Dr. Philip Roetman (Burnside City Council – Urban Foresters) and A/Prof. Craig Williams (University of South Australia – Mozzie Monitors and Activating Citizen Scientists). PhD Candidate from Adelaide University, Tahlia Perry will also speak about her experiences at the recent USA Citizen Science Conference.

Register here.

 

 

 

ACSA Victoria’s new look committee

Last month ACSA-Vic held elections for positions on its management committee. We are pleased to announce the following office bearers:

CHAIR
Kade Mills
ReefWatch Coordinator, Victorian National Parks Association

 

 

 

VICE CHAIR
Tess Hayes
Citizen Science Officer, EPA Victoria

 

 

 

SECRETARY
Yvonne Cabuang
Waterwatch Coordinator, Melbourne Water

 

 

 

COMMITTEE MEMBER
Linden Ashcroft
Lecturer, The University of Melbourne

 

 

 

COMMITTEE MEMBER
Julian O’Shea
CEO, Unbound

 

 

 

COMMITTEE MEMBER
Pat Bonney
PhD Candidate, Research Officer, Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI)

 

 

 

COMMITTEE MEMBER
Christine Connelly
Lecturer in Environmental Science, Victoria University

 

 

 

 

If you are based in Victoria and would like to get involved in Chapter activities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Kade via email.

Launch of ACSA-ACT & Region

By John Pring, ACSA-ACT & Region Chair

The ACT & Region Chapter of ACSA was launched on Tuesday 30th April at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra. More than 70 citizen scientists, scientists and interested parties were in attendance.

The official launch was done by Minister Gentleman of the ACT assembly. This was followed by a series of intriguing and informative presentations, by Andrew Robertson (Questagame), Michael Mulvaney (ACT Government) on the Nature Mapper platform (watch here), Roger Farrow (Citizen Scientist) on a series of plant-based projects within the area (watch here) and Woo O’Reilly (ACT Government) on Waterwatch (watch here).  A summary of the Chapters aims was also provided by yours truly (watch here).  We rounded out the evening with social nibbles and drinks.

I would like to extend a big thank you to all of those that attended the evening and to those that helped out with the organisation of the event.

Minister Mick Gentleman launching ACSA-ACT

Expression of Interest – Host Institution of ACSA

Introduction

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.

Host Costs

All costs associated with the Expression of Interest will be the sole responsibility of the applicant organisation.

No Contract

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.

Form Submission

All inquiries and the electronic submission (in Word or PDF only) should be addressed to:

Amy Slocombe
National Coordinator
Australian Citizen Science Association
Email: amy.slocombe@austmus.gov.au

Closing Date

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 amy.slocombe@austmus.gov.au or call 0423 902 810.

 

Download: Expression of Interest form - Host Institution

 

Survey results are in!

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:

ACSA member & network feedback 2018

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.

Citizen Science Victoria – Call for Nominations

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:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 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/8M86NHTNominations 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/.