Category: Meetings and Events

Citizen Science on the world stage at UNEA4 in Nairobi

By Libby Hebpurn

The Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP) will have a delegation of 15 contributing to the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum (SPBF) on the Environment  and the United Nations Environment Assembly 4 to be held in Nairobi from March 8 – 13th.

We will have representatives of the major citizen science associations in Africa, Asia, USA, Europe and Australia and this year, citizen science is firmly on the agenda in both sessions. This is significant for the development of the movement as these are the major policy forums for world-leading actions on the environment and this year the theme of the SPBF is; Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production. Recommendations from the Forum inform the UN Environment Assembly and the UN’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals and participating will be leaders from the worlds of Government, Finance, Industry, Science, Citizen Science and Civil Society. The forum is designed to tear down traditional barriers between these sectors and the citizen science delegation will be busy contributing to that process and demonstrating what valuable contributions we can make.

We will be contributing presentations in several streams including Science for decision making: Shaping policies and Market Responses and Redesigning the Metropolis: Smarter, Greener Solutions for Cities. A new global citizen science video will be premiered at this event.

We will then take a supporting role in session 2.  Laying the Foundations for a Global Platform for Big Data on the Environment using Frontier TechnologiesSession 6. Sustainable Food for a Healthy Planet and in  Session 5. The Climate Challenge and Non-State Actors: From Transparency to Leadership.  In this session (Reuters who are organising it) have asked for CS input.

Finally with respect to Session  4.  Green Technology Startup Hub we aim to have a presence in the Hub and to stimulate discussions with Venture capital Funds over the opportunity CS presents for new business partnerships.

In the main UNEA4  citizen science will feature in the text of the Ministerial Declaration; in the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO); and the CSGP, with support UNEP, will be able to make major new announcements at UNEA4 and the UNSPBF on its development (more details will follow in due course). We have citizen science in the negotiated GEO-6 summary for policy makers and the main report. We understand the USA want citizen science in the resolution for the next GEO so it appears the governments in relation to UNEP are accepting that citizen science is a fundamental component of moving forward with regards to monitoring our environment. A concept for possible funding called ‘GEO-6 – Citizen Science’ is proposed.

Much of the progress at these global events has been based on the hard work done by the delegation who attended UNEA3, where Erin Roger represented ACSA and the delegation was led by Martin Brocklehurst and Johannes Vogel from ECSA. It was at that event that the Citizen Science Global Partnership was launched, giving citizen science and ACSA a leadership role with the important global institutions.

Progress on the world stage reflects well on Australia as an innovative leader in citizen science and this should flow back into higher recognition and support through government policy and funding.

Libby Hepburn

Voting Open!

Voting is now open for the election of members to the ACSA Management Committee for 2019-2020. We received ten nominations in total for six open positions (General Member Jennifer Loder still has one year remaining in her term, and she will continue on the committee through 2019).

For the positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, one nomination was received per position. The candidates who nominated for these positions will therefore be elected unopposed.

For the two open positions of General Member, we received six nominations. The six Candidates are listed below – you can find their profiles and answers to four questions about the field of citizen science, together with details relevant skills and experience, here. Please use this information to help you decide which two candidates to vote for.

General Member Candidates

  • Julie Boulton
  • Mij Bricknell
  • Alanna Gardner Bell
  • Tess Hayes
  • Patrick Tegart
  • Monique van Sluys

Remember, you must be a Member to vote!

Ready to vote now? Members, log in here to access the ballot.

To become a member and vote, visit: https://citizenscience.org.au/join-now/.

Remember, ACSA membership gives you the power to select Committee members who can help build this association and advance the field of citizen science in Australia.

Full details and links to vote here.

Voting will close at Midnight (AEDT) on Wednesday 14th November. 

Notice of Annual General Meeting

ACSA would like to extend an invitation to you to attend our Annual General Meeting of 2018 and elections for the next two year’s management committee positions. All members of ACSA are invited to attend.

During the AGM we will provide:

  • An overview of our achievements from the year;
  • A summary of the 2017 and 2018 Financial Statements, audited by the Australian Museum, and
  • An opportunity for members to elect the new management committee.

AGENDA

10:30am – Doors Open

10:30am to 10:45am – Registration / Networking

10:45am – Annual General Meeting

DETAILS

Thursday 15th November, 2018

Hallstrom Theatre, Australian Museum | 1 William Street, Sydney, NSW 2010

For those unable to attend in person, we will be live streaming the event via our Facebook page.

Registration is required! 

Please RSVP:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V27YPYK

Interested in joining the Management Committee?

NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED

Being involved in the ACSA Management Committee is a highly rewarding experience which provides members with an opportunity to engage with peers, professionals and the community to help advance citizen science both within Australia and globally.  Nominating for a Management Committee position shows your willingness to be a crucial part of the ACSA team for 2019 and beyond. You are committing to attend a minimum of one committee meeting a month. For the Terms of Reference of the Management Committee, and list of basic responsibilities of each position, please click here.

We ask that you fill out and submit the nomination form. All nominations will be reviewed by the current committee, and someone from ACSA will be in contact with you. Nomination deadline is Monday 29th October, 2018.

Nomination Form

Questions?

Please contact Amy on (02) 9320 6121.