Category: ACSA development

Voting Open!

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.

Full details and links to vote here.

Voting will close at Midnight (AEDT) on Wednesday 14th November. 

Notice of Annual General Meeting

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.

AGENDA

10:30am – Doors Open

10:30am to 10:45am – Registration / Networking

10:45am – Annual General Meeting

DETAILS

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! 

Please RSVP:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V27YPYK

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.

Nomination Form

Questions?

Please contact Amy on (02) 9320 6121.

Would you like to join our team?

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.

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • 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.

Eligibility

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.

ACSA t-shirts are here!

What will you be wearing to #CitSciOz18? Your brand new ACSA t-shirt of course!

Free for all ACSA Members, this groovy black and orange t-shirt features the ‘tools of citizen science’, and will be available for collection at the conference registration desk from Wednesday 7th February! A variety of sizes will be available for you to choose from. For those ACSA members not coming to the conference, your t-shirt will be mailed out to you. Additional t-shirts can be purchased for $20 each!

 

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.

New ACSA Publication List

We are pleased to announce the start of the ACSA publication list! The ACSA publication list is a quarterly electronic listing of publications in the field of citizen science within the Australian Community. The listing is intended to inform those within the Australian citizen science community of recently accepted papers, conference proceedings, book chapters and dissertations. You can contribute to this list!

How to submit a contribution to the listing:
Submitting a contribution can be done by sending an email to acsa.pubs.list@gmail.com with the following information:

  • title
  • author’s names and addresses (or affiliations)
  • abstract
  • the journal/proceedings/book with a link to the published document

Please only submit those publications where you are the author (to prevent duplication) and only include those that have been ACCEPTED for publication so that our listing does not become a preprint server.

If you have any questions or suggestions on how the publication list can be improved, please let us know at acsa.pubs.list@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to hearing about all the great work that everyone is doing!

The ACSA logo identity

We are pleased to share with you our new ACSA logo.

Our brief for the design of the ACSA graphic identity was that it needed to reflect:

  • that we are an Australia-wide connected network of people
  • any kind of science
  • growth and spread

We also said it should be bright and appealing across all types of media and formats (websites, brochures, social media etc).

Holly Webber our designer has responded very well to this brief, giving us something that has already evoked a wide range of responses, “flowers, fish, and fractals have been first responses from the first sight of the logo, people only seeing the people element later. Some other elements that come out are:

  • the central star/flower has 8 elements – reflecting the 8 Australian States and Territories
  • some of the dots are like eyes – the inquisitive nature of citizen science
  • the people are big and small – the wide range of people and organizations involved in citizen science
  • the perceptual illusion of switching between the white and orange shapes and spaces – that what we see in the world can be interpreted in more than one way

We hope you like it too and look forward to seeing it on websites, publications and T-Shirts in the near future.

All good wishes,

Libby Hepburn and Stephanie von Gavel

Holly Webber was the designer, and she can be contacted via the email hw.design@iinet.net.au

What are your thoughts on a ACSA?

Citizen science is a rapidly growing, collaborative method of engagement which allows non-professionals (as volunteers) the opportunity to participate and contribute to scientific research. These working partnerships can include volunteers from the general community, educators, students and businesses and the outcomes of  citizen science projects results in many mutual scientific, education and engagement benefits.

Scientific projects requiring ‘citizen scientists’ have expanded almost exponentially in the last 10 years (largely as a result of the internet) and consequently, the design, delivery and analysis of scientific projects incorporating citizen scientists is rapidly changing.

Citizen science stakeholders are now forming local and national ‘communities of practice’ such as the European Citizen Science Association and the (American) Citizen Science Association to ensure all aspects of citizen science (including science communication, volunteer recruitment and retention, data analysis and scientific methodology) utilise the latest research and best practice methods.

In Australia, there are over 100 citizen science projects spanning the medical, astronomy and environmental fields.  The grass roots nature of many of these projects means it is difficult for individual projects to have the resources to connect with the wider citizen science movement. The development of larger communities of practice such as national networks or associations can make it easier for all citizen science stakeholders to communicate with other projects, connect volunteers and learn from experts.

In order to have a strong and active citizen science community within Australia we need to ensure our vision, goals and objectives align with those of managers, community volunteers, researchers, educators and sponsors involved in citizen science.

So, what would you like to see from Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA)?