National Science Week

National Science Week

Communication & promotion, Education, Engaging citizens, Meetings and Events
      ACSA is proud to support Australia’s National Science Week (15-23 August).  There will be a number of citizen science activities to mark the week. Remember these are all online so anyone can participate! 15/08: The Secret life of nudibranch (Gold Coast Libraries) 15/08: Get the GC Reef lowdown (Gold Coast Libraries) 17/08: Whales in the city with Dr Olaf (Humpbacks & High Rises) 17/08: Introducing citizen science to younger people (ACSA ACT & Region) 19/08: Lunimary Lecture: Whales in the city (Gold Coast Libraries) 20/08: What Makes Science Good? (The University of Adelaide) 25/08: The Science and Citizens of the Coorong (Murraylands & Riverland Landscape Board) For more citizen science Science Week activities please click here, and for a complete list of all the National Science Week activities please visit the official website.
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SEED Citizen Science Hub Launch

SEED Citizen Science Hub Launch

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Meetings and Events
The NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment has launched the SEED Citizen Science Hub to support and grow citizen science in NSW. The hub sits on the SEED (Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data) platform, which is an openly accessible and trusted platform for environmental data. The hub provides many benefits for scientists and data users, project organisers and participants alike, including project registration and promotion, networking and data access, interest from volunteers curious about projects in their local area or finding online projects they can contribute to from home. The hub increases the impact your contributions can have by being openly available to communities, scientists and decision makers. The hub harnesses the enthusiasm, interest and efforts of citizen scientists to enrich the range and depth of data available, to be used as part…
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ALA presentation: underpinning citizen science in Australia

ALA presentation: underpinning citizen science in Australia

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Meetings and Events
ACSA-ACT & Region invites you to join a special online presentation by Peter Brenton of the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA). This presentation will provide an overview of the ALA, including the tools, services and information it provides. It will also cover the benefits to data providers in making their data freely available through the ALA. Time will also be allocated to a Q&A session were your ALA questions will be answered. Underpinning citizen science in Australia Presented by: Peter Brenton Date: 30 July 2020 Time: 7:30PM Format: Online (Zoom) Register here! The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is our national facility for biodiversity data, aggregating occurrence observations and other biodiversity information from thousands of sources into a standardised public access data repository which is used by the general public,…
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Environmental biosecurity webinar series – begins in 2 weeks

Environmental biosecurity webinar series – begins in 2 weeks

Communication & promotion, Meetings and Events
The Environmental Biosecurity Office (EBO) is excited to inform you about a new monthly environmental biosecurity webinar series beginning in two weeks. The monthly webinars will run during the last week of each month using Microsoft Teams, and will be held in place of the Environmental Biosecurity Roundtables for 2020. Each webinar will feature three keynote speakers and explore a particular theme relating to environmental biosecurity. The speaking sessions will run for no more than one hour and be followed by a half hour facilitated discussion for those who wish to dive deeper into the topic being discussed. If you have a spare 60 or (even better) 90 minutes a month, you may like to consider logging on for this engaging series! The EBO is planning to use the department’s…
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ACSA-Vic event: How can Citizen Science contribute to public health?

ACSA-Vic event: How can Citizen Science contribute to public health?

Communication & promotion, Engaging citizens, Meetings and Events
Join our next Citizen Science event and discover how citizen science can contribute to public health. When: 3pm - 5:00pm, 25 March, 2020 Where: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton. RSVP: via Eventbrite Guest presenters: Ann Borda, Centre for the Digital Transformation of Health - The University of Melbourne  Ann is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for the Digital Transformation of Health at The University of Melbourne. Ann has a PhD in information science from University College London which has served as a springboard for her commitment towards transdisciplinary scholarship. Ann's own research focuses on participatory health, digital health literacy, and smart cultural heritage. Ollie Conlan, Bicycle Network More than two thirds of Australians, including children, don’t get enough exercise. The stats tell us…
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Adelaide takes on the Challenge!

Adelaide takes on the Challenge!

Communication & promotion, Field-based citizen science, Meetings and Events
Have you heard of the City Nature Challenge? Last year, 159 cities were involved globally, with more than 35,000 participants, but none in Australia. We are changing that this year, with four cities representing our nation: Greater Adelaide Area (SA), Geelong (VIC), Redland City (QLD) and Sydney (NSW). We are involved in an international competition to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. We hope you can make a contribution! How to get involved: You can participate as an individual and we hope you can spread the word to get friends and colleagues involved, too! When? Any time from April 24 to April 27 – you can participate for four minutes or four days (any time you can spare)! How? Find wild plants and wildlife in…
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Gold Coast BioBlitz

Gold Coast BioBlitz

Blogs, Field-based citizen science, Meetings and Events
The Gold Coast is all about enjoying our natural areas and environment and spending heaps of time on the beach. However, the wild array of wildlife often seems to be overlooked whilst doing so. Local community organisation, the Gold Coast Catchment Association hosted the Gold Coast Bioblitz 2019 together with SEQ NRM Healthy Land and Water. The 24 hour event included a full weekend of flora and fauna surveys conducted by 230 community members under the expert guidance of 50 scientist and survey assistants. The aim for the BioBlitz was to discover the hidden creatures of the Gold Coast hinterland as well as to engage the local community through education and hands-on experience, in this case in the beautiful Austinville Valley. These intensive biological surveys done over the 24 hour…
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Notice of 2019 ACSA AGM

Notice of 2019 ACSA AGM

ACSA development, Meetings and Events
ACSA would like to extend you an invitation to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting of of the Australian Citizen Science Association and elections for two General Member management committee positions. During the AGM we will provide: An overview of our achievements from the year; A summary of the 2018-19 Financial Statement, and An opportunity for members to elect two new General Members to the management committee. AGENDA 1:00pm - Doors Open 1:00pm to 1:15pm - Registration / Networking 1:15pm - Annual General Meeting 2:00pm - Close DETAILS Monday 11th November, 2019 Meeting Room 450 | Level 4 Carslaw Building F07 | Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Meeting Room 450 directions) For those unable to attend in person, we will be offering the meeting as a Zoom meeting…
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SA Science Excellence Awards – congratulations Philip!

SA Science Excellence Awards – congratulations Philip!

Communication & promotion, Meetings and Events
A huge congratulations to our former Chair, Dr. Philip Roetman, who on Friday 9 August was awarded the "Unsung Hero of Science Communication" at the South Australian Science Excellence Awards. Dr Roetman founded Discovery Circle, a major citizen science initiative based out of the University of South Australia, which delivered projects to understand certain animal species. He was one of the driving forces behind last years #CitSciOz18 Conference and continues to be an active and valuable member of our South Australian Chapter. Watch  Congratulations Philip on a well deserved award.
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2019 Citizen Science Eureka Finalists

2019 Citizen Science Eureka Finalists

Communication & promotion, Meetings and Events
The Australian Citizen Science Association congratulations the three Finalists of the 2019 Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science. We look forward to seeing these worthy finalists on the red carpet at the Australian Museum during National Science Week for the presentation of awards at Australia’s "Science Oscars". The three finalists are: Frog ID (Australian Museum) FrogID is a national citizen science project aimed at understanding and conserving one of the most threatened groups of animals on the planet. Using a free smartphone app, participants record and submit information on calling frogs. In less than two years, FrogID has transformed the scientific community’s understanding of the distributions, breeding seasons and habitats of frogs. WATCH Virtual Reef Diver (Queensland University of Technology) By harnessing the…
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