Category: ACSA development

ACSA’s new committee members

At Monday’s AGM, the results of the election were announced for ACSA’s two new General Members on the Management Committee.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to the six people who nominated – the calibre of your applications was outstanding, and we wish we had room for all of you!

Thanks also to the ACSA Members who cast their vote. There were 68 valid votes.

And now…the results! Firstly, we welcome back Jennifer Loder to the committee. Your commitment to ACSA is outstanding and we are very happy to have you back on board.

Secondly, and a big welcome and congratulations to Dr. Cobi Calyx, who will be joining ACSA’s commitee for the first time! We look forward to the skills, energy and enthusiasm that you will bring.

Dr Cobi Calyx

Congratulations again, and we look forward to working with both of you over the next two years.

Meet ACSA’s new host

We are thrilled to formally announce that ACSA’s new host institution for the next three years is The University of Sydney. 

The University of Sydney was founded in 1850 and is Australia’s first University. Citizen Science is a burgeoning area of growth in both research and practice at the University of Sydney, and one that is set to expand over the next decade.

ACSA will be housed with the Faculty of Science, which is also home to Inspiring Australia NSW. This will be fantastic for strengthening our ties with Inspiring Australia going forward. ACSA will also work closely with the newly formed Citizen Science Node at the University, which oversees all the projects across the university that fall under the citizen science banner.

The node’s co-director, Dr. Alice Motion, was featured recently in this article about the official recognition and support of citizen science within academic institutions. With the vision to “become a world-leading hub for the advancement of citizen science that is ethically and methodologically rigorous.” ACSA is very excited about its new home!

ACSA Chair Erin Roger signing the Affiliation Agreement with our new Host Representative Dr Alice Motion

Voting open – 2019 AGM

Voting is now open for the election of members to the ACSA Management Committee for 2020-2021. We received six nominations for the two General Member positions available.

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.  Alternatively, you can access individual profiles by clicking on the images below. Please use this information to help you decide which two candidates to vote for.

General Member Candidates

Jordan Gacutan (NSW)
Dr Cobi Calyx (SA)
Jonathan Inglis (VIC)
Dr Maxine Newlands (QLD)
Rosalinde Brinkman (QLD)
Jennifer Loder (QLD)

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 Midday (AEDT) on Monday 11th November. 

Vote Now!

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 and we will also live stream it via our Facebook page. For details please click here.

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