ACSA Membership to align with financial year

ACSA development, Communication & promotion
Over the next little while we will be transitioning the ACSA membership program to align with the financial year, rather than having a rolling membership program. Synchronising membership has a number of benefits including administrative efficiencies, the ability for membership drives and the simplification of automatic renewals. It will also allow us to manage our brand new members-only Facebook group (see below for details). All new memberships and renewals that commence from now will have an expiry date of 30 June 2023 (or 2024 if you select a 2 year term). What this means for existing members Your current membership will expire 12 months from your most recent purchase date. Upon renewal, your membership will automatically be converted to the new membership period (1 July – 30 June) and a…
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Strategic planning for our next 3 years

Strategic planning for our next 3 years

ACSA development, Collaboration & partnerships, Meetings and Events
The ACSA management committee including our Chapter Chairs met in Canberra for two days in late February. We set three objectives for the meeting: Get to know each other. Six members of the committee were recently appointed, and others had not met in person due to Covid restrictions. Unfortunately, Covid continued to play a hand and prevented six of our members from attending in person. They were, however, able to participate in all sessions via video link.Get to know ACSA better. Again, this was particularly important for us newbies.Agree on our direction and actions for the next three years (see below). Chair Annie Lane opening the meeting It’s always important to reflect on and celebrate achievements. Among our achievements over the last three years are: Great feedback from our members.…
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ACSA International Citizen Science Community of Practice – March 2022

ACSA International Citizen Science Community of Practice – March 2022

ACSA development, Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, International
This Community of Practice is dedicated to increasing and enriching broader knowledge in Australia of international citizen science. The group will explore and share knowledge of what’s happening across the world in citizen science. Through this work we will develop networks and collaborations across skills and research areas. If you are interested in learning more and makeing further advances together at the global level, please be invited to join this ACSA CoP by signing up here. Below, you find more information on the rationale of the CoP, how we work and how you can become engaged. Background & rationale for the ACSA International CoP We know of the great global initiatives that need and encourage citizen science, like the SDGs and the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation. We are also aware that…
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ACSA Western Australia events

ACSA Western Australia events

ACSA development, Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Engaging citizens, Meetings and Events
The ACSA-WA re-launch event on Saturday 23rd October at the new Education Centre in Kings Park and Botanic Garden had a great turnout to hear wonderful speakers. Starting with an Acknowledgement of Country, a fascinating video by our patron Professor Lyn Beazley, an introduction to our four Chapter committee members, and on to wide-ranging presentations on local citizen science practitioners, the event was a great success. Nic Dunlop presents to the audience on a range of CCWA citizen science projects Thanks to our speakers Marnie Giroud (Gilbert's Potoroo Action Group), Dr Kerry Trayler (River Guardians, DBCA), Dr Tegan Douglas (BirdLife WA), Drs Kevin Vinsen and Lisa Evans (The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research) and Dr Nic Dunlop (Conservation Council of WA). The event finished with a short walk along…
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Reflections on Covid impacts to ACSA

Reflections on Covid impacts to ACSA

ACSA development
By Dr Erin Roger, outgoing Chair of ACSA I remember we were about a week out from our annual face to face strategic meeting in March 2020, when the presence of Covid-19 in Australia made us start to question the wisdom and practicalities of in-person meetings. In the end, we ended up with a hybrid model with most of the committee online and a few in person at our home institution, Sydney University. ACSA’s annual strategic planning days in March 2020 were our first attempt at a hybrid virtual - in person meeting For our annual strategic meeting in March 2021, we again went with a hybrid model but with regional hubs, where  people based in the same state or territory met together (where possible) and  all of us linking…
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Call for Nominations – ACSA Management Committee

ACSA development
ACSA is now calling for nominations for the Management Committee for a 2 year term commencing November 2021.  Being on the ACSA Management Committee can be an extremely rewarding experience and bring a great deal of personal satisfaction. There are great opportunities to make new contacts, network with your peers and increase knowledge about citizen science and ACSA.  Management Committee Members make a difference in the citizen science space by applying their experience, enthusiasm and by showing leadership. We also have a lot of fun! There are five positions available: * Chair* General Member x 4 Terms are for two years (ie: November 2021 to November 2023). We are looking for people who can contribute at a strategic and practical level to the association’s programs and activities and by building a strong, sustainable and dynamic Association. Specific…
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Notice of 2021 AGM

Notice of 2021 AGM

ACSA development, Communication & promotion, Meetings and Events
The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Citizen Science Association will be held on Friday 29th October from 12pm to 12:45pm (AEDT) via Zoom. The meeting will be held in conjunction with ACSA's citizen science conference. You don't need to be a registered conference delegate to attend the AGM but you do need to be a current ACSA member to attend. During the AGM we will provide: An overview of our achievements from the year;A summary of the 2020/21 Financial Statements, andAn opportunity for members to elect five new members to the management committee. AGENDA OpenApologies / ProxiesPresentation of Previous MinutesAssociation ReportsElection Results and endorsement of new Management Committee MembeersOther BusinessProposed amendment to ACSA's constitution to establish a public fund with Deductible Gift Recipient statusPublic Liability Insurance (notification that ACSA…
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Seed Grants 2001 – Call for applications!

Seed Grants 2001 – Call for applications!

ACSA development, Communication & promotion, Grants
Two $1000 Grants available - apply now!ACSA is proud to launch it's 4th round of Seed Grants. Established in 2018 we have so far awarded 7 Seed Grants - worth a total of $5,500 - to ACSA members, to help give their citizen science project a boost or to advance their own professional development in the citizen science space.Applications are now open for the 2021 Seed Grants. What’s in it for you? * $1000 to seed your professional development or your project’s growth, or to pay for an open access publication of a citizen science paper. * Exposure for your project and/or organisation. * Motivation to initiate something you have always wanted to do. * Quick and easy application process (online application form). Last year, two ACSA members won ACSA…
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From Seed Grant to published paper!

From Seed Grant to published paper!

ACSA development, Collaboration & partnerships, Field-based citizen science, Showcasing science outcomes
Primary school sting nets new wasp species ACSA is so pleased that the Seed Grant awarded to Erinn Fagan-Jeffries in 2019 has allowed her to complete her dream project!! Four regional schools in South Australia collected insects using Malaise traps, and all four found and named new species of parasitoid wasp! Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries helping students to check whether there were any insects flying inside the newly set-up Malaise trap at Ramco Primary School. Erinn's paper has been published in Zootaxa and you can read a summary by the University of Adelaide here. Congratulations Erinn!
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Citizen Science Lunchtime Seminars

Citizen Science Lunchtime Seminars

ACSA development, Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Education, Inclusivity, Meetings and Events
The Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA) Early-Mid career researchers (EMCR) Working Group is excited to announce a new series of lunchtime seminars discussing exciting developments in Australian citizen science research. With a goal to unite citizen science aligned researchers and practitioners in Australia, these seminars are a space to advance scholarship, provide support, share resources and advocate for new opportunities. We will hear from researchers conducting citizen science research in Australia, discuss challenges and opportunities we face while conducting such research and offer support for researchers taking their first steps into citizen science. Who will be the speakers? As the seminars are intended to share current research conducted in Australia and discuss its developments, opportunities and challenges, the speakers will be members of our growing community. We have three brave…
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