Read about ACSA Community Achievements via our Annual Report for 2021-2022

ACSA development, Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Conferences, Engaging citizens, Meetings and Events
The Australian Citizen Science Association community had diverse achievements throughout the 2021-2022 financial year, and we are delighted to share an overview of them in our ACSA Annual Report! You can read about our efforts to support our community and broaden the reach of citizen science at local, national, and international levels. Check out the suite of incredible activities our state- and territory-based Regional Chapters have been delving into. Reminisce about the inspiring online national citizen science conference - #CitSciOz21. Learn how our burgeoning consulting endeavours and broader partnerships are continuing to grow. It is evident that we have an incredible community doing a wide variety of remarkable things that empower people with science! We hope our members enjoy perusing the report! If you have feedback or questions after reading…
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B&B Schools BioBlitz results

B&B Schools BioBlitz results

Collaboration & partnerships, CS Project, Education, Engaging citizens, Field-based citizen science, Showcasing science outcomes
Here is latest news from Planting Seeds about the B&B Schools BioBlitz, which was supported by ACSA. Planting Seeds is also a recipient of a 2022 ACSA Seed Grant. Thank you to everyone who participated! The B&B BioBlitz blitzed biodiversity! Scheduled for September’s National Biodiversity Month, schools from every State and territory engaged in citizen science, took observations in their school grounds and uploaded the images to iNaturalist and the CSIRO’s Atlas of Living Australia.Over 60 schools participated recording approximately 2345 observations of 635 species. Our leaderboard shows St Monica's College in Melbourne took the most observations at a grand total of 213, followed by Wahroonga Adventist School (188) and Mulgoa Public School (153).Unusual species photographed included the Two-tailed Spider and there were beautiful images of bugs and birds including the…
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International and Open Science updates

International and Open Science updates

Collaboration & partnerships, Data management, International
ACSA international representative Libby Hepburn appointed to Vice-Chair of the Citizen Science Global Partnership On 3 October 2022, citizen science networks and practitioners from around the world welcomed the formation of the Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP), a newly established association which seeks to promote and advance Citizen Science for a sustainable world. The partnership’s mission is to coordinate the collaboration of existing citizen science practitioners with international organizations and governments, and support the use of citizen science data and tools as key contributor to the global effort towards sustainable development.). It will establish diverse and inclusive partnerships across geographies, cultures, and research domains, promoting citizen science as a unifying, enabling and multiplying force for change. At the partnership’s core is a network-of-networks of six citizen science associations that cover…
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Free webinar: How to use drones to monitor ecosystems

Free webinar: How to use drones to monitor ecosystems

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Data management, Meetings and Events
When: Monday July 18, 2022 | 7:30 - 8:25pm AEST Online event: Zoom link will be delivered upon registering for this event Hosted by: GeoNadir & ACSA As you already know, our precious ecosystems are under threat. Fortunately, technology is advancing to the point where citizen scientists like us can contributeto real solutions. One of those solutions involves using drones to capture imagery of our local ecosystems. Through the use of drones and the associated technology, we can contribute to solving thechallenging global problems we are all facing. We have partnered up with Technical Lead and Co-Founder of GeoNadir, Dr Karen Joyce. Shewill be presenting a webinar all about how to use drones to monitor ecosystems. Dr Joyce is a scientist, academic, and educator. During her time as Senior Lecturer…
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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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Insights from a Eureka Prizes judge: Dr Erin Roger

Insights from a Eureka Prizes judge: Dr Erin Roger

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion
Dr Erin Roger is a Sector Lead at Atlas of Living Australia, former Chair of the ACSA and a longstanding judge for the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science — now in its seventh year. The Eureka team at the Australian Museum caught up with Erin recently to look inside the judging process, discuss why you should consider entering and reflect on the evolution of citizen science. It's a great insight and we encourage you to take a read. https://australian.museum/blog/science/innovation-in-citizen-science/
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Meet our Member – PlantingSeeds

Meet our Member – PlantingSeeds

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion
In support and recognition of our Organisational Members and Partners, we have decided to run a little feature series where we share and promote the purpose, activities and projects behind these groups. We are so grateful for the support of our organisational members and partners and are keen to support them in return. First up we have one of our newer members, PlantingSeeds, who joined ACSA in July 2021. You can find out more about PlantingSeeds below and here: www.ps.org.au
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2022 NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE

2022 NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Conferences
Call for Abstracts OPEN NOW Landcare Australia is calling for the submission of abstracts and posters for the 2022 National Landcare Conference. The bi-annual event will be held from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 August 2022, at the International Convention Centre Darling Harbour in Sydney. The theme for the 2022 National Landcare Conference is Power of Landcare | Shaping Our Future which affirms the importance of looking to the future when addressing the issues and opportunities open to Landcare. Presenters are asked to explore how their submission ties in with the 2022 theme. Landcare Australia invites abstracts from individuals, groups, networks and organisations involved in protecting, enhancing or restoring and educating about the natural environment in their local community through sustainable land management and conservation activities. They are also seeking poster exhibits…
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ForestEye Pilot went LIVE in the Bega Shire Valley!

ForestEye Pilot went LIVE in the Bega Shire Valley!

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Engaging citizens, Field-based citizen science
By Geetha Ortac A few months ago, ACSA announced its partnership with the Natural Resources Commission of NSW (NRC, lead partner) and the Atlas of Life to deliver a new and exciting forest monitoring citizen science project named ForestEye. This project was due to be piloted in October, however Covid-19 restrictions meant a 2 month delay. We are now happy to report ForestEye finally kicked-off on 1 Dec 2021 in the beautiful Bega Shire Valley! Nine enthusiastic citizen scientists from nearby local areas joined us for two days of training and fieldwork participating in the set-up of remote sensor cameras and two different types of devices that enabled acoustic recording and monitoring of bats and other wildlife. As ForestEye’s vision is to support long-term forest monitoring across New South Wales, a pilot such…
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