Category: ACSA development

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/.

Launch of ACSA-QLD, Citizen Science Strategy and more!

By Michelle Neil, ACSA-QLD member & ACSA Secretary

Did you know that the very first meeting to form ACSA started at the Queensland Museum? On the 10th of May 2014 more than 80 people met to develop this community of practice we now call ACSA. It’s amazing to realise that it has been less than 5 years ago since it all began…

January 24th 2019 was a landmark day for citizen science in Queensland as Minister Leeanne Enoch formally launched the new ACSA-QLD Chapter and announced the Queensland Government’s Citizen Science strategy and grants at the Queensland Museum.

Citizen science groups including Cooloola Coast Care, Qld Health’s Zika Mozzie Seeker, Scenic Rim Wildlife, BirdLife Southern QLD, Brisbane Catchments Network, CoralWatch, Healthy Land and Water, Gold Coast Catchment Association, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management and the City of Gold Coast were invited to set up a stall in the Whale Mall.  Over 200 adults and kids stopped by to try their hand at citizen science activities and to listen to Minister Enoch’s speech about the value of “mobilising Queenslanders to help our scientists with important research projects, because the more eyes and ears you’ve got out there, the better”.

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/1/24/government-funding-aims-to-mobilise-queenslands-citizen-scientists

Zika Mozzie Seeker coordinator and Advanced Medical Entomoligst, Brian Montgomery from Metro South, Qld Health, spoke about the importance of public participation in early warning programs and how important “null”or zero values (e.g. no mosquitoes) are to citizen science projects. He also spoke about the commitment of citizen science projects to communicate findings back to the project’s citizen scientists.

In his first official speech as ACSA-QLD Chair, James Gullison spoke about the new ACSA-QLD Chapter, the Citizen Science strategy and grants before inviting the former Qld Chief Scientist, Dr Christine Williams to be the patron of the ACSA Qld Chapter. You can read James’ speech below.

More information about the Qld Citizen Science strategy and grants can be found here.

So what’s next for ACSA-QLD? After a big deep breath we are now very busy organising a citizen science booth for World Science Festival Brisbane. Come along and see us at Street Science!

ACSA-QLD Chair James Gullison

 

Speech: James Gullison (ACSA-QLD Chair)

“The ACSA-QLD Chapter is excited about the launch of the Queensland Citizen Science Strategy as we believe it will further promote the value of citizen science to the greater community.

It was less than 12 months ago when there was a meeting of the Queensland delegates at the Australian Citizen Science Conference in Adelaide when we were told the Office of the Chief Scientist was supportive of an ACSA-QLD Chapter. From the formation of the committee in June 2018, it’s hard to believe  how quickly the strategy and chapter have progressed in a short time frame.

We could not have achieved so much over the past twelve months without the support of the Office of the Chief Scientist. We would like to thank the former Chief Scientist Dr Christine Williams for her role and ongoing support and formally invite her to be the patron of the ACSA-QLD Chapter.

The location and timing for the launch of the Queensland Citizen Science Strategy could not be more appropriate, particularly during the school holiday period. It is great to see so many excited faces around the venue which demonstrates the passion and enthusiasm that community has for citizen science. Being a father of a 4 year old, it gives me pleasure when I am able to share my passions and work with her due to the excitement she gets when she tells me that she is a ‘scientist’.

Citizen science is inclusive and allows anyone to be able to participate in a variety of projects. It’s what makes it such a rewarding and fulfilling experience because the research is being achieved and people are enjoying themselves in the process. It allows us to go diving with Reef Check and assist on their surveys, waking up on cold mornings and searching for platypus in the Gold Coast hinterland with PlatypusWatch and observing the native birds in our backyards with BirdLife Australia.

Citizen science covers a whole range of science categories and it’s what makes it so appealing – it’s for anyone.”

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.