Category: Conferences

#CitSci2017 Reflections: Exploring Citizen Science, Technology, & Acoustics Globally

Jessie Oliver is a member of ACSA and sits on the ACSA management committee. She is also a PhD student at the Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane Australia. She attended the Citizen Science Association Conference in May of 2017 with the assistance of a Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant.

Reflections by Jessie Oliver (@JessieLOliver via twitter):

In early 2017, I had the good fortune of meeting Alasdair Davies when he ventured to Brisbane Australia, where we both participated in a workshop about technology use for conservation. My role at the workshop was to share my knowledge of how scientists and members of the public, or citizen scientists, were working collaboratively to make innovative discoveries that have benefitted conservation efforts. While there, I shared information regarding local, national, and global efforts aiming to increase capacity, uptake, and outcomes of citizen science, technology use, and conservation actions. I absolutely had my heart set on attending the Citizen Science Association Conference in 2017 that was set to take place in Saint Paul Minnesota, but I wasn’t sure I would be able to given the substantial funding required to get to the U.S. from Australia.

Why did I want to go so far away? I wanted to run an accepted symposium that would explore how citizen science varies in different regions of the world. I hoped to discuss with a panel of citizen science leaders, how scientific practices, cultural, societal, and political factors are shaping the spread, uptake, and diversification of citizen science in four key regions of the world. I also hoped to attend so that I could meet people with expertise in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) technology design strategies, environmental acoustics, and citizen science. Doing so also had the potential to further my own research, investigating how to design engaging citizen science technology to review environmental acoustic recordings, which I also wanted to present as a poster.

You can imagine my surprise when, several weeks later, I received an email informing me that I had been chosen by Alasdair to be awarded a Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant! Being afforded such an amazing opportunity, I quickly got to work organising a fireside-chat style symposium with the following panellists:

This symposium highlighted key differences between citizen science regionally and what factors drive this variation. Language is certainly a key factor for how project information and resources are disseminated across Europe, having to contend with far more languages than Australia, China, and the United States. While all these regions are relatively similar in geographic size, the distribution and overall populations are vastly different. Australia, for instance, has vast expanses with relatively few people, and a population of only about 24 million primarily concentrated in five cities. At the time of the conference, the U.S., Europe, and Australia all had formed young citizen science associations working to facilitate networking between citizen scientists, scientists, and other stakeholders. China, by contrast, had several projects across the nation, but had yet to establish a network to actively bring stakeholders of different projects together, although this is now underway. Environmental and biodiversity-focused sciences were shown to dominate citizen science relative to other sciences for all regions featured.

WeDigBio is an example of how increases in technological infrastructure now allow people from a variety of regions to also contribute to global projects both in person and online. Access to these technologies, however, varied by region.  In the latter half of the symposium, ample time was allocated for audience questions and discussion, and this proved incredibly useful, allowing for inclusion of perspectives from regions such as Japan, Iran, Iraq, New Zealand and South America. This exchange of information led to a greater appreciation for the need to carefully identify and understand what factors are likely to influence the regional development of citizen science.

There was an amazing amount of networking and learning to be had as well. In terms of my own technology design research, I was absolutely thrilled to meet and discuss my research with people such as Jenny Preece, who research citizen science and HCI technology design! These discussions later inspired me to organise a workshop at the #OzCHI2017 Conference in Brisbane, which brought citizen scientists and scientists together with designers to explore technology development needs for saving species like glossy black cockatoos, koalas, wombats, and shorebirds! I was also delighted to find that my #CitSci2017 poster exploring how to design engaging technologies for citizen scientists to review acoustic data, was also well received by former colleagues from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I met many of the citizen science leaders I had corresponded with remotely while working for the TV series The Crowd & The Crowd. My attendance and work with the show also prompted an invite to a conference meeting  regarding a Global Mosquito Alert Consortium, and I subsequently joined the global working group.

Many of the connections and lessons learned from the conference have continued to positively impact my citizen science work in Australia and abroad. This conference was incredibly well run with very interesting, empowering, and informative ways to convey information beyond the standard talk formats. My experiences there directly fed into my work on our organising committee for the last Australian Citizen Science Conference (#CitSciOz18) as well. While in the U.S. I often shared experiences regarding the development and happenings of ACSA, which later led to speaking invitations to share this knowledge at events. Most recently, for example, I spoke remotely from Brisbane at #CitSciNZ2018 Symposium, which was led by Monica Peters in New Zealand.

Relationships I have forged as a result my receiving the Shuttleworth Flash Grant continue to be fruitful. Next, I am planning to travel to Geneva in early June to attend the European Citizen Science Conference (#ECSA2018) and participate in several meetings and workshops before and after the conference as well. One of those meetings is at the UN office in Geneva to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the potential for citizen science to contribute to these goals globally, and the role that the nascent Citizen Science Global Partnership will play. It’s wonderful to reflect a year later and realize that Shuttleworth Foundation helped to catapult all aspects of my citizen science work to new heights, and I am beyond grateful for this opportunity!

#CitSciOz18 – An Australian Story

By Michelle Neil

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly two months since the 2nd Australian Citizen Science Association Conference, #CitSciOz18 in Adelaide, South Australia. For six days I was constantly on the go – averaging around 3-4 hours of sleep per night.

#CitSciOz18 featured international keynote speakers Dr. Caren Cooper and Amy Robinson Sterling, along with Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Finkel and Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science 2017 co-recipient Dr. Emilie Ens.  The aim of the conference was to showcase best practice in citizen science and share project outcomes from across Australia and the world. Every continent of the world, except Antarctica was represented too. North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa were all there as well as our mates from “across the ditch”, New Zealand. 

Opened by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel spoke about how a German migrant planted citizen science in Australian and why it worked. This was followed by plenaries, short talks, long talks, a podcast with The Wholesome Show, a public talk with Dr Caren Cooper and Amy Robinson Sterling (and little old me), radio interviews, live streaming talks to the ACSA Facebook page and twitter, watching Crowd and the Cloud episode, networking, poster session, chairing a session myself on the Friday afternoon, early morning (4am!) bat catching and tagging near Adelaide Zoo, plus post-conference tours to see Echidna CSI, #greatkoalacount, Wild Orchid Watch (#WOW), ReefWatchSA, breakfasts with new friends and old, lunches, dinners, great food, awesome people, lots of laughs and, of course, relaxing at the local wineries! 

In fact there were there were over 120 talks, posters and workshops falling within the conference themes of  #EngagingCitizens (20), #EmpowerWithData (19), #ShowcasingOutcomes (16), #Partnerships (15), #FieldProjects (14), #SocialResearch (8), #Education (6) and #Communication (4).  The conference was also mentioned more than 2000 times over the three conference days on Twitter as well as Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.  

 Where did it start? 

The planning process for #CitSciOz18 started well over a year ago. One of the first things the Conference Committee decided on was to try and make the conference as sustainable as possible. Plastic pens were out. Backpacks were out. People have their own backpacks and pens after all. Conference “swag”* as it is usually called was out. We even vetoed keep cups – who doesn’t have a few of them lying around? 

Instead it was decided to do a bamboo pen and paper for the conference and, as an added bonus, a t-shirt for all our members. The t-shirts, designed by Ellie Downing and Amy Slocombe with input from the Conference Committee, were a huge hit.  Featuring the tools of citizen science these shirts will soon be available on the ACSA website for anyone to buy. Perhaps at our next conference we might make badges or patches delegates can sew on to the t-shirt? Let us know if we missed anything and perhaps that could be the first badge! 

 

The official Australian Citizen Science Association shirt – it’s all about the tools of citizen science! Have we missed any? Photo: Michelle Neil

What’s Next? 

Last week I received all of the conference talks via email – audio and video in one continuous stream from 4 different lecture spaces at the University of South Australia. It is probably the largest download my computer has ever had to do. My next job as the volunteer social media moderator for ACSA is to edit all of the 100+ hours of speeches into their individual talks and upload them on to the new ACSA YouTube channel for everyone to enjoy.  

In early May the Conference Committee will meet to go over the conference feedback, discuss what we could do better next time and also start the decision process for #CitSciOz20. We hope to make the next conference bigger and better. Want to tell us how we can do better or even what we did well? Drop us a line. Interested in going to #CitSciOz20? Sign up for the newsletter. We promise we don’t spam! 

If you would like to read more about #CitSciOz18 grab a cuppa and put your feet up to read my colleague Jessie Oliver’s fantastic blog here. I recommend it for a truly great read!  You can also look at the #CitSciOz18 Twitter Moments too! 

As one of our delegates, Phyll Bartram from Kangaroo Island Victor Harbour Dolphin Watch said:  

“Sounds like…Looks like…. Feels like….CitSciOz18! What a buzz!!!!!! 💛” 

 

*swag has another meaning in Australia as some of our overseas guests found out. In Australia it means bedroll or sleeping bag or to travel with one’s personal belongings in a bundle. I have since found out it was originally an economic term which stood for Silver, Wine, Art and Gold.  I learn something new every day with #CitizenScience! 

Michelle Neil is the Australian Citizen Science Association’s volunteer social media moderator. Having worked in analytical chemistry for over a decade Michelle finds herself in an interesting place – a scientist as well as a citizen scientist, with a passion for science communication. @michelle_neil  

The management committee for the ACSA

Discover & Relive #CitSciOz18 Magic

An epic adventure through the wild world of citizen science kicked off on Adelaide’s City West campus of the University of South Australia on 7 February 2018 with the start of Australia’s second national citizen science conference. The conference brought together citizen science practitioners, participants, thought leaders and decision-makers, with the aim of showcasing best practice in citizen science and sharing project outcomes from across Australia and around the world. You can find out all the information about the presentations and workshops of #CitSciOz18 here and the Book of Abstracts can be viewed here.

#CitSciOz18 at a Glance

  • There were over 125 talks, posters and workshops falling within the conference themes of #SocialResearch (8 presentations), #EngagingCitizens (20 presentations), #Education (6 presentations), #Communication (4 presentations), #EmpowerWithData (19 presentations), #FieldProjects (14 presentations), #ShowcasingOutcomes (16 presentations) and #Partnerships (15 presentations). The conference was buzzing with discussions around the interplay between social outcomes, building an understanding of current initiatives, and harnessing technology to increase participation, improve data management as well as maximizing scientific and societal outcomes.
  • Workshops also explored topics such as artificial intelligence, participant experiences, policy, social impact, bioblitzes, gamification, and data management.
  • Our 250 delegates included representatives from the U.S. Citizen Science Association, European Citizen Science Association, Citizen Science Asia and all the State offices of Inspiring Australia — just to name a few.
  • Delegates came from every state and territory of Australia, including the Australian Capital Territory (19), New South Wales (48), Northern Territory (1), Queensland (37), South Australia (77), Tasmania (2), Victoria (39) and Western Australia (13). We also had a number of delegates from overseas such as Austria (1), Germany (1), Hong Kong (1), Ireland (1), Israel (1), Netherlands (2), New Zealand (2), Scotland (1), South Africa (1) and the United States of America (4). Attendees also contributed via pre-recorded videos from the United Kingdom and Kenya.
  • We were very pleased to be able to award 14 scholarships to students, community members and indigenous participants to the value of $9,000!

#CitSciOz18 Key Outcomes

From #CitSciOz18 Policy Sessions to a Meeting in the Capital!

The conference included a fantastic two-part session highlighting citizen science policy development and impacts on society, which was championed by Libby Hepburn and had over 120 delegates in attendance. The session kicked off with inspiring pre-recorded videos from Professor Alexandre Caldas, with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Martin Brocklehurst, an independent environmental consultant in the United Kingdom and founding member of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), providing inspiring visions for citizen science to combat worldwide issues through global citizen science partnerships. The recent United Nations Science-Policy-Business Forum, which Erin Roger, our fearless ACSA chair attended and blogged about, and initiatives such as the Citizen Science Global Partnership (“Citizen Science Global”) and Global Mosquito Alert Consortium were highlighted. Martin also shared the  commitment adopted by the Global Citizen Science Delegation to have 1 billion people participating in citizen science globally by 2020. Follow this via #1BillionCitSci2020 on Twitter! We all certainly have our work cut out for us, but let’s all do our part!

Dr. Lea Shanley spoke to her learnings as a founder and co-chair of the Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Community of Practice for the United States, as well as her experiences during her fellowship developing open science and innovation research strategies with NASA. Dr. Amy Kaminski spoke about working in open science and innovation with NASA both as a program executive for Prizes and Challenges, and in the past, as a senior policy adviser for the Office of the Chief Scientist.

Jo White, Director Science Strategy, Science Division, New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, discussed how the state agency has harnessed the power of citizen science and developed an OEH Citizen Science Strategy, which is delivering on key science priorities.

On Monday the 12th of February a forum in Canberra was held to share highlights from the conference with those who couldn’t attend in person. Lea Shanley and Amy Kaminski joined these sessions in the capital city to share their experiences on bridging citizen science and policy in the United States.

ACSA Regional Chapters announced at #CitSciOz18:

Friday the 9th of February 2018 will go down in ACSA history as the launch of the first three regional chapters of ACSA! We welcome and congratulate ACSA Western Australia, ACSA South Australia, and ACSA Victoria!

Presenting at the Citizen Science Association conference
Representatives from ACSA WA were the first to stand up and introduce their regional chapter!
Group gathered for a social occasions at the Citizen Science Association Conference
ACSA Victoria sat down before the big reveal to talk “chapter and verse” about their new roles.

ACSA Chapters will play integral roles in fulfilling the vision to build an Australian community of practice that supports, informs, and develops citizen science. We hope that Chapters in Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory will be joining the ranks soon.

The ACSA Data & Metadata Working Group, which will be chaired by Peter Brenton from the Atlas of Living Australia, was also introduced. It was also announced that Dr. Geoff Garrett, former Chief Scientist of Queensland, has agreed to be an ACSA Adviser. We couldn’t be more thrilled with him taking this role, as he has been advocating for citizen science from behind the scenes since the inception of the Association.

The ACSA Management Committee also took the opportunity to outline our priorities for the upcoming year. These include: evaluating the conference and our strategic plan, outlining the benefits of regional chapters, and refining our working group process, just to name a few.

Erin Roger, second from left, presenting ACSAs achievements and future goals, along with the rest of the ACSA Management Committee Michelle Neil, Ellie Downing, Amy Slocombe, Kylie Andrews, Paul Flemons, Jenn Loder, Alexis Tindall and Jessie Oliver.

 

#CitSciOz18 Invited Plenary Speakers

Dr. Alan Finkel giving the Opening Address

Dr. Alan Finkel Australian Chief Scientist, gave opening address with his thoughts on three key foundational elements of great citizen science projects:

  1. they must be based on robust science,
  2. projects must open doors to the world of science for the broader community, and
  3. they must make the world a better place.

An overview of Dr. Finkel’s speech was published via Conversation.

Dr. Emilie Ens spoke of the brilliant citizen science outcomes from the Ngukurr Wi Stadi bla Kantri (We Study the Country) Research Team, which are working to protect the environment and actively maintain endangered cultural knowledge.

Dr. Emilie Ens

This project is conducted in affiliation with Macquarie University, Yugul Mangi Rangers, and Ngukurr School, and was the recipient of the 2017 Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science.

Perhaps I was the only sook in the crowd, but learning of this project’s profound community outcomes and Dr Ens passion for the people she works with choked me up!

Dr. Caren Cooper, author of the book Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, from North Carolina State University, U.S. gave a great talk providing a historical perspective on citizen science and demonstrating how the science from citizen science projects can feed into social activism and create broad-scale change.

Amy Sterling, Executive Director of Eyewire, a project hosted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S. showed us live how you can play a game to map the brain, while demonstrating how crafty platform designs, gamification, community building, and providing tools for citizen scientists will not only engage them to participate, but also to help develop new features to the platform! Live chatting players caused the conference attendees to roar with laughter a few times!

#CitSciOz18 Additional Awesomeness

Public Lecture:

The conference affiliated public lecture was also a roaring success with over 300 people attending! Dr Leanna Read South Australia’s Chief Scientist opened the event, which was sponsored by the Government of South Australia, where Caren Cooper and Amy Sterling gave headline talks. Our very own ACSA volunteer social media moderator Michelle Neil also joined the Q&A panel! We were lucky to have ABC journalist Jessica Harmsen be the master of ceremonies (MC) for this event. You can catch a listen online via the Hawke Centre.

Jessica Harmsen running the panel with Michelle Neil, Amy Sterling and Caren Cooper

Citizen Science TV Series Screening:

Episode 3 of the 4-part series of The Crowd and the Cloud was shown at the conference, but if you missed it, or would like to view it or one of the other episodes, the are all freely available online. If you would like high quality videos for public screenings, let us know.

Promotional screen grab for the crowd and cloud
Screenshot of The Crowd & The Cloud’s homepage

Getting our citizen science on outside & unwinding!

We rounded off the conference with two days jam packed with field trips which allowed delegates to tour Adelaide and surrounds, and learn about South Australian based citizen science projects. The inclusiveness, awesomeness, and fun of our citizen science community was also highlighted for me on a personal level many times! For example, folks were all too happy to help to get me exploring those rocky reefs without anything other than my feet getting wet!

Gathering for a tour of the Mount Lofty summit
The Mount Lofty Tour Crew from #CitSciOz18 has arrived! Look out world!
Scanning a QR code on a nature trial
Andrew Tokmakoff in action showing us one way smart phones can be used for citizen science in the field.
Gathering for the Citizen Science Association Conference
Some #CitSciOz18 winery tour bonding!
Gathering at the seaside for a survey
No trip to South Australia coastline would have been complete without doing some ReefCheckSA citizen science!
Standing on rock sea shore
Two legendary fellas H.J. van der Woerd and Kade Mills graciously ecorting Jessie Oliver across the rocks like a gazelle!

#CitSciOz18 Makes the Big Time in Media!

We are very grateful to have had quite a bit of media coverage during and following the conference! If you know of more, be sure to send us message! Here are the ones we know of:

How a German migrant planted citizen science in Australia – and why it worked”. The Conversation, by Dr. Alan Finkel based on a speech Dr Finkel delivered to the Citizen Science Association Conference 2018 in Adelaide on 7 February 2018.

The App Sending Gamers Out into Nature“. The Wire with Andrew Robinson, CEO of QuestaGame. Aired 21 February 2018.

Interviewing for a podcast

What Is Citizen Science?”  The Wire with Caren Cooper, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Aired 14 February 2018.

Interviewing for a podcast

Citizen Science in South Africa” The Wire with Suvarna Parbhoo, South African National Biodiversity Institute. Aired 28 February 2018

Interviewing for a podcast

Using People Power to Study Microbats“. The Wire with Sylvia Clarke, Projects Officer, Natural Resources agency for SA Murray Darling Basin. Aired 22 February 2018

Interviewing for a podcast

How collaborative science is teaching us more about Arnhem Land”, The Wire with Dr Emilie Ens about the Ngukurr Wi Stadi bla Kantri (We Study the Country) Research Team’s biodiversity citizen science. Aired 15 February 2018.

Interviewing for a podcast

Gaming is helping researchers map the human brain”, ABC Radio National (ABC RN) Breakfast with Amy Sterling about the citizen science project EyeWire. Aired 9 February 2018.

LIVE SHOW! Licking toads for science at CitSciOz18”, The Wholesome Show live podcast,Aired 07 February 2018. It included four cheeky interviews including Ellie Downing (your hilarious ACSA secretary), Mendel Wong (co-Founder of citizenscience.asia and Zikathon), Stuart Harris (featured in MARATUS: Peacock Spider Documentary), and Caren Cooper all sharing with the public fun anecdotes of their citizen science involvement and experiences.

Evening event at ASCA conference

ABC Radio Canberra also conducted a live interview with Erin Roger, ACSA Chair.  

#CitSciOz18 Competitions! 

A number of competitions were held during the conference, and we would like to congratulate our winners once again! They picked up some terrific prizes including copies of Caren Cooper’s book “Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery“, 60x microscopes, ACSA t-shirts and more!

  • Best Student Talk – Tahlia Perry (Echidna CSI)
  • Highly Commended Student Talk – Amelie Vanderstock
  • Best Poster – Cassandra Davis, Sophie Pritchard “River Detectives: young citizen scientists connecting with their local waterways”
  • Highly Commended Poster – Leonie Prater “Digivol Citizen Science Project”
  • Highly Commended Poster – Margot Law “Who’s living on my land”
  • Best #CitSciOz18 Photo – Mendel Wong
  • Sustainability Competition – Nikki Sims-Chilton for “demonstrable use of feet”
  • Business Card Lucky Dip – Ronda Green

#CitSciOz18 Ways to Find & Share Info!

  • Conference program access:
    You can review the conference agenda/program and the Book of Abstracts via the ACSA websiteThe conference App is also still live.
  • Join the ACSA Interest Group “#CitSciOz18 Conversation Continued!”
    Members of ACSA can create and join special interest discussion groups, and this group is for those would like to further discuss any aspect of the #CitSciOz18 Conference. Did the conference, for example, help you make vital collections, foster collaborations, or provide learning applicable to your work? The ACSA Management Committee would love to know conference related feedback, testimonials, media, and outcomes! Please share what you liked most and what you hope to see in the future, as well as what you would like to see come out of the conference from this point forward. Many thanks in advance for any information you provide! Members, just log into the ACSA website to join in the conversation!
  • Share outcomes, testimonials, learnings, or other feedback directly!
    If you would like to share these conference experiences aspects with us, you can do so via a direct private message via the ACSA website.  We will be using your testimonials and outcome accounts to garner further support for future events. We are also keen understand what the learnings were for attendees of #CitSciOz18, and are hopeful that you as community members would be interested in contributing to white papers assessing key conference learnings broadly. If you’re keen to contribute send us a message on the website!
  • Share your Photos:
    Have you got some great conference photos? If so, we’d love to see them! Please send them to Amy via citscioz@gmail.com.
  • Connect via Social Media:
    Be sure to check out social media to explore conference happenings, whether for the first time or to reminisce about the fabulous happenings and glorious people! Luckily, many conference goers were furiously exchanging ideas, experiences, talk highlights, posters, and discussion via the conference hashtag #CitSciOz18 on twitter and facebook.
  • Our social media moderator, Michelle, has been busy downloading photos and organising tweets! Enjoy this blast from the first day of #CitSciOz18 – it really does sum up Day 1 well! Stay tuned for Days 2 and 3.
  • Sign up for ACSA updates:
    If you haven’t already, sign up for the ACSA Newsletter to keep up with all things ACSA and citizen science happenings across the nation.

#CitSciOz18 Thank You!

  • Sponsors!
    This conference would not have ever been possible without each and every one of our generous sponsors.
  • You beautiful delegates!
    What a privilege it has been to volunteer for a community of such incredibly passionate citizen science enthusiasts near and far who collectively made this event so unbelievably wonderful! We thank each and every one of you personally for all of the diverse ways you contributed!
  • Tweeters!
    Much of the conference was indexed thanks to folks tweeting at the conference and we would also like to give special thanks to those overseas tweeting from afar and helping to share the great work of our Australian citizen science community!

Supporting & Getting Involved with ACSA

  • Become a Member of ACSA!
    You will have new networking opportunities through our new member directory!
  • Create or Join a Chapter:
    Join your new chapter in WA, SA, VIC or be the champion to start one in another in QLD, NT, TAS, and ACT. See here for more information.
  • Interested in Data?
    Consider joining the ACSA Data & Metadata working group, let us know and we will put you in contact with Peter!
  • Join & share ACSA social media!
    Find us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Many thanks for your interest in #CitSciOz18!

Sincerely,
Jessie Oliver on behalf of both the ACSA Management and Conference Committee members.

The management committee for the ACSA
The Conference Organising Committee: Michelle Neil, Frank Grutzner, Sylvia Clark, Alexis Tindall, Jessie Oliver, Erin Roger, Amy Slocombe, Philip Roetman, Tahlia Perry and Ellie Downing.

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.

Portrait of Dr Alan Finkle

#CitSciOz18: Dr. Alan Finkel confirmed!

We are very excited to announce that our final keynote speaker has been confirmed as Dr. Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist. Dr. Finkel completes an exceptional line up of key note speakers for #CitSciOz18.

The Federal Government, under Dr. Finkel’s science stewardship, is a strong proponent of citizen science and supports several initiatives for citizen science capacity building and project development.

Dr. Finkel is an engineer, neuroscientist, successful entrepreneur and philanthropist with a personal commitment to innovation and commercialisation. He is passionate about communicating the wonders of science.

You can follow Dr. Finkel on Twitter @ScienceChiefAu.

#CitSciOz18: Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

We know that many of you have been working hard on your abstracts for #CitSciOz18…and if you didn’t get yours in by the 10th, it’s not too late! We are pleased to announce that the submission deadline has been extended until

FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER 2017! (midnight, AEDT)

That gives you an extra 10 days to get your abstracts ready…

Check the abstracts guidelines here

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ABSTRACT PORTAL

CitSciOz18 – Call for Abstracts OPEN!

The Call for Abstracts for the 2018 Australian Citizen Science Conference is now OPEN!

Please refer to the abstracts page on the conference website for all the guidelines on abstract submission, including:
* presentation themes
* presentation types
* abstract selection criteria
* key dates, and
* the Abstract Submission Portal

The Call for Abstracts will be open for 4 weeks only…closing date is 10 October 2017. Don’t leave it to the last minute – get cracking and submit your abstract pronto!

Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent to submitting authors in November, 2017.

If you have any questions about the Abstract Submission Portal, please contact Shanna Sheldrick of Premier Event Concepts via email shanna@premiereventconcepts.com.au.
Otherwise please contact Amy via info.acsa01@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading about all the great work you’re doing!