Register now for the Next
Australian Citizen Science Association Conference (#CitSciOz23)

Location: UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

  • Monday 20th November (side event): Workshops & excursions – Click here for details and registration
  • Tuesday 21st November: Conference Day 1 (Opening, Keynotes, breakout rooms, short talks, long talks, posters, & official welcome evening event)
  • Wednesday 22nd November: Conference Day 2 (Keynotes, short talks, long talks, posters, dinner TBA)
  • Thursday 23rd November: Conference Day 3 (Keynotes, short talks, long talks, posters, conference official close, dinner TBA)
  • Friday 24th November (side event): Bonus Bioblitz Day! Join us as we kick off the Great Southern Bioblitz 2023. Learn how to use iNaturalist from experts, get to know the local wildlife, meet the locals and discover species new to science in the Sunshine Coast area. Details to be announced very soon!

Registration cost will include bus rides to and from the venue for Conference Day 1 – 3 if staying at preferred accommodations (these can be booked via the registration portal during the registration process).

Draft Program

Registrations are now open

Keynote speakers

Call for sponsors

Keep checking back for more information and new announcements!



Encourage inclusiveness, engagement, and motivation in citizen science.

Recruiting and engaging citizen scientists, keeping them on task, and sparking their interest in research is essential to a successful citizen science project. The power to motivate others to do citizen science needs to be bottled. How do you encourage others to get involved in your project? What was their motivation for joining your project, and did that reason change over time? What lessons can you share?  


Explore, investigate, and showcase the affects and effects of citizen science projects.

There are a wide range of impacts we hope to achieve from citizen science – social, moral, environmental, political, legal, health and many more. We hope to see impacts on ourselves, our citizen scientists, our projects, our surroundings, and on local, state and federal levels. These can be difficult to define and measure, especially when we move from short-term outcomes to longer term, systemic impacts. What have been the impacts of your project and how have you investigated its wider effects? 


Showcase citizen science communication techniques for maximum influence.

The successful communication of citizen science and its outcomes is so important when it comes to educating the community about what we do, sharing knowledge and results with a diverse array of people, and influencing change at many levels. But successful communication is a science within itself. With whom and how do you communicate your citizen science data and outcomes so it will influence decision-making? 

Conference program

Conference delegates please note: The program in the conference app is the up-to-date version. Please check the app to make sure you are in the right place at the right time!

We are very pleased to reveal the draft program for #CitSciOz23! Thank you to everyone who submitted their presentations. We have a great line-up of speakers and topics and can’t wait to see it all.

If you are a speaker and the timing of your presentation doesn’t work for any reason, please let us know.

Workshops and field trips – Monday 20 November

We have also organised an exciting program of workshops and field trips to run as side events on Monday, 20 November. These are part of our effort to engage with diverse audiences, including those who may not be able to afford a conference registration.

Bonus BioBlitz Day – Friday 24 November

Friday 24 November is the first day of the Great Southern BioBlitz 2023! We are finalising arrangements for a #CitSciOz23 Bonus BioBlitz Day to help kick it off. Details about this will be announced soon, but you can register your interest in attending using this form.


Conference registration is now open! Consider becoming a member of ACSA for reduced registration fees. If you sign up now as a member, you will find the MEMBER DISCOUNT CODE in your Welcome email. Existing members should have received it in an email. If you are a member and still need the code, contact us.

Not sure if you’re a member? Check your membership status by logging in to your account page. If you don’t know your password, use the “Forgot Password?” link to reset it. You can find out more about your account page from the Account Page FAQ.

Please note: Earlybird registration rates will not expire for accepted speakers. To access the speaker registration link, please check the email you received confirming acceptance of your abstract. If you haven’t heard anything about your submitted abstract, please contact us.

Registration Fees

Registration TypeEarlybird
(from 02/08/23 – 13/10/23)
(from 14/10/23)
FULL – Member$350$450
FULL – Non-Member$450$550
FULL – Concession Member$275$325
FULL – Concession Non-Member$375$425
DAY – Member$250$300
DAY – Non-Member$300$350
DAY – Concession Member$200$240
DAY – Concession Non-Member$240$280

Bookings at preferred accommodation may be made via the registration portal as part of the registration process, depending on availability.

Financial Support Opportunities

Future Earth Australia is currently offering Seizing Opportunities grants of $200 – $1,000 for early-career researchers and professionals (ECRPs). This includes Honours and Masters students or PhD candidates, government or not-for-profit employees, and community group or private sector employees. Early-career is defined as the first 15 years of career, not including any career breaks taken. One condition is that a principal investigator/team leader on your project must be from Australian National University, Griffith University, RMIT, University of the Sunshine Coast, Monash University, University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, or CSIRO. These grants can be used for travel or registration to a conference or professional event.

Check back for more news about financial support to attend CitSciOz23.

On Demand Viewing

Presentations from the main plenary room will be available to registered delegates for 6 months after the event. This will enable you to catch up if you miss one of the recorded sessions, or revisit an interesting or useful talk. 

Keynote Speakers

Dr Fiona Fraser

Threatened Species Commissioner

As the Threatened Species Commissioner Fiona’s role is to lead the implementation of Australia’s Threatened Species Action Plan along with other initiatives to recover our most imperilled plants and animals. Using the principles of science, action and partnership, Fiona works with First Nations people, conservation organisations, governments, communities and the private sector. Fiona has a PhD in threatened species and fire ecology in northern Australia. She has worked for the Australian Government for over a decade playing lead roles in Indigenous caring for country and natural resource management, international environment policy and the bushfire wildlife recovery response. Before joining the public service, she worked with First Nations organisations in northern Australia on caring for country programs and joint management of protected areas. Fiona is Australia’s third Threatened Species Commissioner and is supported in her role by a small team that is equally committed to and passionate about threatened species recovery.

Fiona will be presenting a keynote on Day 1 of the conference, Tuesday 21 November

Andy Ridley

CEO, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef

Andy is recognised as one of the world’s most successful environmental movement creators. As co-founder and CEO of Earth Hour, he grew the campaign from an idea on the back of a beer coaster in Sydney, to the world’s largest environmental action, spanning 7,000 cities in over 164 countries, and reaching more than 2.8 billion people globally.

Andy has turned his focus to a new challenge, creating a 21st century ocean conservation organisation, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. The program aims to aid the protection and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef and reefs all over the world, using tech, data and a new collaborative approach to conservation.

Prior to founding both Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and Earth Hour, Andy led the rapid growth and evolution of Circle Economy in Amsterdam. He believes the circular economy provides many of the answers to some of the biggest environmental challenges that we face as the global population grows beyond nine billion, and we attempt to address our greatest generational challenge of climate change.

Andy will be presenting a keynote on Day 1 of the conference, Tuesday 21 November

Associate Professor Kathy Townsend

School of Science Technology and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast

Associate Professor Kathy Townsend is a multi-award-winning researcher and a trailblazer in the field of citizen science. With a career marked by innovation, she has seamlessly integrated the perspectives of citizen scientists from the inception of her studies. At the helm of two internationally acclaimed scientific programs, “Project Manta” and “Turtles in Trouble,” Kathy has leveraged the incredible contributions of citizen scientists, catalysing transformative discoveries and shaping national and international policies for environmental conservation.
Her research transcends disciplines, confronting global-scale challenges like marine debris and pollution, and enriching our understanding of threatened marine species listed by the IUCN Red List. Her esteemed role as an invited member of the United Nations Marine Litter and Plastic Reduction Program and the GCT’s Plastic Free Galapagos initiative underscores her commitment to environmental conservation. Kathy’s work has been showcased on the world stage, featuring in iconic documentaries, including Sir David Attenborough’s “Great Barrier Reef” and Nat Geo Wild’s “Manta Mystery.” With a dedication to harnessing the power of citizen scientists, Kathy Townsend is a keynote speaker poised to inspire change at the Australian Citizen Science Association conference.

Kathy will be presenting a keynote on Day 1 of the conference, Tuesday 21 November

Siobhan Leachman

Citizen Scientist, New Zealand

Siobhan is a prolific editor of Wikipedia and volunteers for a plethora of citizen science, GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) and digital humanities projects. Her mission in life is to connect everything. She advocates for open access, open Creative Commons copyright licences, and defends the public domain. She is currently obsessed with citizen science, crowdsourcing, Wikipedia species articles, New Zealand endemic moths, Wikidata, iNaturalist, scientific citation data, women scientists and scientific illustrators, name authority data, and scientific artworks. These obsessions change at her whim. In 2018 she was awarded the Auckland War Memorial Museum Medal and is a Companion of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Siobhan will be presenting a keynote on Day 2 of the conference, Wednesday 22 November

Professor Kerrie Wilson

Queensland Chief Scientist

Professor Kerrie Wilson commenced in the role of the Queensland Chief Scientist on 1 November 2023.

Her distinguished career encompasses roles at QUT, including Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability and Research Integrity), and her tenure as the Executive Director of the QUT Institute for Future Environments. Previous leadership roles include Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy Australia and is currently a natural sciences expert for the Australian Heritage Council.

One of Australia’s leading researchers into the science, strategy and policy of conservation, she holds a Bachelor in Environmental Science (First Class Honours) from The University of Queensland and a PhD from The University of Melbourne, undertaken in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, based in Cambridge.

Outside the office, Professor Wilson embraces the outdoors with her family and they are regular visitors to Queensland National parks.

Kerrie will be presenting a keynote on Day 2 of the conference, Wednesday 22 November

Margaret Gold

Researcher, Citizen Science Lab

Margaret Gold is a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University,  and the Coordinator of the Citizen Science Lab. Margaret’s research focus is on Citizen Observatories (community-based environmental monitoring initiatives) and their impacts on policy formation, environmental governance, social innovation, and behaviour change. Margaret is also an afficionado of Hack Days and Hackathons and has developed innovative approaches to creative collaboration such as ‘ThinkCamps’ and co-design methodologies for Citizen Science.

In addition to running the Citizen Science Lab, which is both a knowledge hub and project incubator, Margaret also leads Societal Engagement & Citizen Science within the Open Science Programme of Leiden University and has helped to shape the national strategy for Citizen Science in the Netherlands via her work in the National Programme Open Science (NPOS). Together with other pioneers in the Netherlands she is co-leading the establishment of the first Dutch national network for citizen science practitioners – Citizen Science Nederland.

Margaret is also active at the European level, as Rapporteur and Topic Expert to the European Commission in the Mutual Learning Exercise on Citizen Science in which 11 European countries participated; and at the global level, as an active member of the Citizen Science and Open Science Community of Practice, which is providing guidance to UNESCO on embedding Citizen Science in Open Science practices, and in the Citizen Science Expert Group convened by the OECD Global Science Forum.

Margaret will be presenting a pre-recorded keynote on Day 2 of the conference, Wednesday 22 November

Costa Georgiadis

Landscape Architect, Environmental Educator, TV Presenter

Costa Georgiadis is a landscape architect, environmental educator and television presenter who has an all-consuming passion for plants and people. As co-creator and host of Costa’s Garden Odyssey for SBS, he caught the attention of a nation.Since 2013, Costa Georgiadis has continued his journey as the much-loved host of one of the ABC’s most iconic and Logie award winning programs, Gardening Australia.Beyond the screen, Costa Georgiadis is deeply involved with the importance of biodiversity and habitat, regenerative agriculture, permaculture and holistic land practices that deal with the issues arising from a rapidly urbanising world. The story of soil is a driving narrative for him.Through his workshops, lectures, keynotes, expos and other events, Costa Georgiadis is actively involved in delivering his message to the broader community.His work with pre-schools, primary and high schools, TAFE colleges, universities, industry groups and community organisations demonstrates his ability to convey his knowledge of a permanent self-sustaining culture to any audience.Costa Georgiadis’ long-awaited book, Costa’s World: Gardening for the soul, the soil and the suburbs is available now from ABC Books.

Costa will be presenting a keynote on Day 3 of the conference, Thursday 23 November, titled “The Power of Partnership: Bringing fun, curiosity, love and action to the Cit – Sci Engagement Equation.”

Dr Jodi Rowley

Conservation biologist, FrogID

Dr Jodi Rowley is a conservation biologist with a focus on amphibians. After obtaining a degree in Environmental Science (Honours) at UNSW Sydney, Jodi completed her Ph.D. at James Cook University. Now based at the Australian Museum and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, she has led many expeditions in search of amphibians in Australasia and co-described over 30 frog species as new to science. Jodi is the Lead Scientist of FrogID, a national citizen science project developed by the Australian Museum that has collected almost one million records of frogs across Australia since 2017.

Jodi will be presenting a keynote on Day 3 of the conference, Thursday 23 November

Call for Sponsors

Why Sponsor?

Participation in the conference offers the following benefits for your organisation:

  • An opportunity to promote and raise your profile within the citizen science community before, during and after the event.
  • A significant opportunity to meet and network with citizen science representatives at a national level in one place.
  • Exposure to a target audience in an environment conducive to information exchange that will promote mutually beneficial business outcomes and leverage your organisation’s industry relationships.
  • A forum to share details about your organisation, including products and services directly to key decision makers and target audience.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please see the CitSciOz23 Sponsorship & Exhibition Proposal for full details about our packages and benefits. All amounts are in Australian dollars and include GST, unless indicated otherwise.

Platinum Sponsor (Exclusive)$15,000Recognition, advertising, networking, social media
Gold Sponsor$10,000Recognition, advertising, networking, social media
Silver Sponsor$5,000Recognition, advertising, social media
Bronze Sponsor$2,500Recognition, social media
Supporter (Unlimited packages available)$500Recognition

Other Opportunities

We have several other sponsorship packages / add value items available. Please contact us to discuss individual sponsorship opportunities to meet your objectives and budget.

How to sponsor

To book a sponsorship package, please visit the sponsorship booking portal:

Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsor and Conference Host:

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UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

The University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) is one of Australia’s youngest universities, established in 1998. UniSC is a growing, comprehensive university focused on excellent teaching, ground-breaking research, championing sustainability, and producing award-winning alumni.

UniSC’s Forest Research Institute undertakes work in the broad spectrum of forest research areas that make direct and meaningful contributions to the sustainability of our wooded landscapes. This includes important areas of studies such as smallholder and forest conservation-based research, along with work to ensure industries are meeting regulatory requirements and public expectations.

The Institute is comprised of three research centres: National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life, Forest Industries Research Centre, and Tropical Forests and People Research Centre. The Centres have their individual identities and research focus but work collaboratively for greater impact.

To find out more about UniSC, visit their website:

Silver Sponsors:

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Australian Museum

The Australian Museum (AM) was founded in 1827 and is the nation’s first museum. It is internationally recognised as a natural science and culture institution focused on Australia and the Pacific. The AM’s mission is to ignite wonder, inspire debate and drive change. The AM’s vision is to be a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. With more than 21.9 million objects and specimens and the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI), the AM is not only a dynamic source of reliable scientific information on some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges facing our region, but also an important site of cultural exchange and learning. The AM has had a long history in citizen science projects and currently manages, with collaborators, some of Australia’s most well-known citizen science projects.

To find out more about the Australian Museum, visit their website:

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Queensland Water and Land Carers Inc (QWaLC)

QWaLC supports 480 community groups with more than 38,000 volunteers across Queensland. 

We provide practical support to members including representation, advocacy, promotion, networking and insurance administration.  

Our members are community-based groups involved in sustainable agriculture, biodiversity conservation, environmental protection, advocacy and education, coastal rehabilitation, citizen science, land restoration and conservation across Queensland.

To find out more about QWaLC, visit their website:

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Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is a collaborative, digital, open infrastructure that pulls together Australian biodiversity data from multiple sources, making it accessible and reusable.

The ALA helps to create a more detailed picture of Australia’s biodiversity for scientists, policy makers, environmental planners and land managers, industry and the general public, and enables them to work more efficiently.

The ALA is the Australian node and a full voting member of GBIF – the Global Biodiversity Information Facility – an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth.

To find out more about ALA, visit their website:

Questacon – The National Science And Technology Centre

Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, is located in the heart of Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle.

Our vision is a better future for all Australians through engagement with science, technology and innovation.

Our mission is to excite and motivate people through inspirational learning experiences.

We do this through fun, engaging experiences in our centres, on the road and online.

We support people to develop the attributes, skills, knowledge and agency to thrive in tomorrow’s world through:

  • Rich, hands-on science engagement at our 2 Centres
  • High impact STEM programs throughout regional Australia
  • Programs to develop STEM capabilities
  • Actively contributing to the work of National Cultural Institutions
  • Supporting social belonging and participation

We’re building our network of locally led STEM learning ecosystems into the future so Australians can access Questacon wherever they are. Our national programs bring science and technology to Australians across the country. You can find out more about Questacon at their website:

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry develops and implements policies and programs to grow sustainable agriculture, fisheries, and forestry industries and to safeguard our environment from biosecurity threats for all Australians.

The Environmental Biosecurity Office works collaboratively through national and international partnerships with governments and non-government organisations to protect Australia’s environment, Indigenous cultural heritage, and associated social amenities from established and exotic pests, weeds, and diseases.

We develop and support communities participating in environmental surveillance programs, which detect and report invasive species they find in the environment. Citizen scientists play a crucial role in the protection of Australia’s environment against harmful invasive species.

Learn more at their website:

Bronze Sponsors:

Bug Hunt – Invasive Species Council

The Bug Hunt is a citizen science project run by the Invasive Species Council, supported by the Australian Government. Our mission is to catalyse strong and collaborative biosecurity to protect and restore what makes Australia extraordinary – our unique wildlife and ecosystems. The Bug Hunt is a citizen science project encouraging records of bugs found across Australia to be submitted to iNaturalist. We want to have one million more eyes on the ground, broadening the biosecurity net, and increasing the likelihood of detections of bad beasties arriving or thriving in places we don’t want them.

To find out more about The Bug Hunt, visit the project website:

Department of Environment and Science

The Queensland Government is committed to fostering citizen science participation by Queenslanders.

The Department of Environment and Science, through the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist, delivers the Engaging Science Grants program which provides funding of up to $20,000 for up to 12 months for citizen science projects (as well as for other eligible STEM education or science events).

Science plays a key role in tackling local and global issues and helps boost the economy, and Queenslanders have the opportunity to contribute to science through citizen science.

To find out about citizen science projects in Queensland, and how the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist supports citizen science in Queensland, visit their website:

Department for Environment and Water

South Australia’s Department for Environment and Water supports and promotes citizen science through projects which contribute to the knowledge of flora and fauna across the state. These projects also capture information about environmental indicators that can point towards changes in habitat conditions and species populations to inform conservation and management actions. The Department has recently developed a Citizen Science Strategy which encourages public participation in environmental science and helps to plan and prioritise biodiversity protection. The Strategy also creates a Citizen Science Fund which includes a grants program.

To find out more about the Department for Environment and Water, visit their website:


ECOllaboration is a not for profit environmental organisation, existing to establish and grow resilience in our landscapes and communities.

Our vision is to see:

  • our communities engaged and connected
  • our people safe, healthy, and thriving
  • our habitats restored
  • our services integrated, capable, and ethical
  • our actions sustainable
  • our story heard and celebrated

We have the capability to integrate our wide range of skills into solutions whilst enhancing our natural assets, building social capacity, and strengthening communities. Our vast experience and expertise makes us ideally positioned to provide our customers and community with tried and tested solutions and sound advice.

ECOllaboration’s operations include:

  • Catchment Services – managing, protecting, and enhancing environmental estates and public, commercial, and private habitat
  • ECOEducation – curriculum-based programs for primary and secondary schools
  • Maroochy Waterwatch – community engagement and citizen science with over 200 volunteers
  • Environmental consulting – specialised environmental advice and innovative methodologies and technology, including drones and environmental DNA.

You can find out more about ECOllaboration at their website:

Sunshine Coast Council

Citizen science offers our Sunshine Coast community a chance to explore a passion outside of their day job, expand on an interest, learn a new skill, meet likeminded people and provide valuable knowledge about our local environment.

In acknowledgement of this, Sunshine Coast Council leads, partners and supports other organisations to deliver citizen science programs to be involved with across the region – and are continually growing our program to create new opportunities.

At the Sunshine Coast Council, we significantly value the volunteer’s time and aim to foster opportunities for them to partner with researchers to increase scientific knowledge and collect data about our natural environment.

To learn more about programs on offer across the Sunshine Coast visit



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Experienced and Supportive
We understand that not one care plan fits all. Daily services can include anything from meal preparation, hygiene, cleaning, and supervision. We will take the time to get to know you and develop an individualised care plan that fits your specific needs whether at home or in the community.

Experienced Home and Community Care
Companionship is key to a trusted relationship with our caregivers. We not only strive to help you with everyday tasks but want to develop a caring relationship with you. We provide one-on-one attention and care that is customised to you.

To find out more about Support2u, visit their website:

Conference Working Group

Many thanks to the conference working group who are putting in countless hours to bring this event to you:

Steve Turton, Michelle Neil, Andy Howe, Lisa Evans, Shanna Sheldrick, Jessie Oliver, Stuart Harris, Martin Rady, Kathy Townsend, Paul Flemons, Darryl Ebenezer, Tina Strachan, Vikki Schaffer, Janine Bedros