Category: ACSA development

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 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

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

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)?