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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CitSciOz21 videos now available

CitSciOz21 videos now available

Communication & promotion, Conferences, Meetings and Events, Showcasing science outcomes
Six months have passed since our 3rd National Citizen Science Conference CitSciOz21, which means that all the conference content - talks, workshops, keynotes and symposiums - are now available on our YouTube channel for general viewing! Our amazing social media guru Michelle Neil has been busy uploading all the videos and you will see the CitSciOz21 playlist continue to grow until she's done them all. Huge thanks to Michelle for her countless and dedicated hours to ACSA. So jump on in and revisit some of the wonderful presentations, or for those of you who didn't attend the event, check them out for the first time! CitSciOz21 - YouTube Playlist
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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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Historic Success at UNEA 5.2

Historic Success at UNEA 5.2

Conferences, International, Meetings and Events
Hosted by the UN Environment Programme, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) brings together representatives of the 193 Member States of the UN, businesses, civil society and other stakeholders to agree on policies to address the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.  The resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) took place online and in Nairobi from 28 February – 2 March 2022.  The overall theme for UNEA-5 was “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” highlighting the pivotal role nature plays in our lives and in social, economic and environmental sustainable development.  UNEA-5 was an opportunity for Member States to share best practices for sustainability. It aimed to create momentum for governments to build on and catalyze impact on multilateral environmental efforts to protect and…
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Now open – 2022 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science

Now open – 2022 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science

Communication & promotion, Meetings and Events
Are you involved in an innovative research and community engagement project? The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science is a great opportunity to get your work recognised. Winners will also be awarded $10,000 in prize money, so there are two great reasons to enter! While it’s essential that the entered work aligns with the prize purpose and assessment criteria, and conditions of entry are met, judges aren’t looking for a particular ‘type’ of project. So, if you can meet the above requirements, consider making 2022 the year you put your work forward. The Eureka Prizes team is available to provide entry support through until the deadline, so contact them with any questions via eureka@australian.museum. Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 6 May Image of…
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CitSciOz21: reflections & summaries

Blogs, Communication & promotion, Conferences, Meetings and Events
By Luise Manning Luise was the recipient of one of ACSA’s complimentary conference regsiterations, available to those people who did not have organisational support to attend CitSciOz21 Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, the 3rd ACSA Conference, which was planned to be held on the Gold Coast last year, went from a face-to-face conference to an on-line event. The induction videos on how to use the platform were useful to test your equipment before attending the conference. This was my first ACSA conference and I was quite impressed by the ease of registering and the easy-to-understand home page containing the timetable of events for each day. It was very professionally done and provided a wide variety of topics and content.  The benefits of the on-line conference meant that even if two…
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The Big Bushfire Bioblitz!

The Big Bushfire Bioblitz!

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Engaging citizens, Field-based citizen science, Meetings and Events
Grab your hat, your camera, and your moth sheet, and get ready for the Big Bushfire BioBlitz! The University of New South Wales’ Centre for Ecosystem Science, the Atlas of Living Australia, the Australian Citizen Science Association, Minderoo’s Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative, and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment are joining forces to run three bioblitzes across NSW in early 2022 to help track how our native ecosystems are recovering from the 2019-2020 bushfire season. Join us in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (Blue Mountains), Rainforests of the NSW north coast and tablelands (Washpool National Park), and Forests of the NSW south coast (Murramarang National Park) as we search for bugs, bats, birds and everything in between. We’re putting together an exciting line-up of experts…
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Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science 

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science 

Communication & promotion, Meetings and Events, Showcasing science outcomes
A huge congratulations to AUSMAP,  Total Environment Centre and Macquarie University, for taking out the 2021 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science! The Australian Microplastic Assessment Project (AUSMAP) is a world-first, national citizen science program that empowers people of all ages to document microplastic pollution. An immersive experience, participants are educated on the prevalence of microplastics around our waterways and trained to collect scientifically valid data that is used to design effective mitigation strategies for plastic pollution. Learn more
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SA Citizen Science Awards

Communication & promotion, Meetings and Events
The inaugural South Australian Citizen Science Awards were presented at the 2021 Tall Poppy and Unsung Hero of Science Award ceremony in November. The winners and finalists were also featured at the 2021 SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards where short videos of each of the finalist projects were shown. It was great to see citizen science recognised along with South Australia’s scientific achievements. Congratulations to: Science and Research Award: Echidna CSI (winner) and Bryophyte Collection Transcription Project (finalist) Engagement Award: Kangaroo Island/ Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch (winner) and iBandi (finalist). To learn more about these fantastic projects watch the videos here: Echidna CSI video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWEhYYJ1ggMKangaroo Island/ Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOtqQe7RRvkSA Bryophyte collection transcription project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQL5uwaCi0wiBandi video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCuiimNSvAA The SA Citizen Science Awards finalists
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Symposium on Science Festival 2021 – Thailand

Symposium on Science Festival 2021 – Thailand

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, International, Meetings and Events
You are all invited to the first symposium on Citizen science in Thailand “The Rise of Citizen science – Elevating communities to sustainable development goals on public health and the environment”. The symposium will be held online on the 17th of November, starting at 9.00 AM and finishing at 4.00 PM Thailand Time (GMT+7) and it is free for everyone to join. Professor Graham Durant, Director Questacon, is one of the keynote speakers, along with many others who have been working and developing successful citizen science projects around the world on various platforms. They will share their experiences and inspire researchers, science communicators, campaigners, and communities to be more involved in citizen science, to build better and more sustainable communities for Thailand's health and environment.  Agenda Register
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