Attendees gathered at the Queensland Museum in support of the development of the CSNA on May 6th.***Please note that as of March 2015, the name of the Citizen Science Network Australia (CSNA) was changed to the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA), though the next below remains as originally written***
Workshop summary documents have been finalized by each of the Citizen Science Network Australia (CSNA) working groups and are available for download at the respective links below:
On 6 May 2014, 90 attendees gathered at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane to support the development of the Citizen Science Network Australia.
There was overwhelming agreement amongst the workshop participants regarding the formation of a national association/network to progress citizen science within Australia. Many new friendships were made during the breakfast networking session.
The entire morning session was filmed (with the exception of Libby Hepburn) and is available for viewing via the links provided below:
- Citizen Science Overview – Suzanne Miller, Chris Gillies, Philip Roetman
- U.S. Citizen Science Association Overview – Abe Miller-Rushing, Jennifer Lynn Shirk
- Panel 1 – Jayne Keane (facilitator), Angela Dean, Bob Edgar, Janet Dudley and James O’Connor
- Panel 2 – Jayne Keane (facilitator), Simon France, David McInnes, Noleen Brown, Piers Higgs and Peter Doherty
- Panel Q&A – All Panelists
Lots of enthusiastic discussion occurred during the two afternoon breakout sessions which focused on defining the: (1) purpose and (2) form of the Citizen Science Network Australia. Participants were split into nine groups of ten and were asked to summarise their thoughts on vision, mission, membership, entity, governance and communication. The majority of participants supported an Australian association similar in structure to the US association. Each group presented their discussions back to all workshop participants in a facilitated manner and these summaries were reviewed and synthesised for common themes amongst groups.
Those in attendance were invited to sign up to one or more temporary working groups which will formalise the outcomes of the workshop through summary documents (including scope for further public consolation). These four working groups are: (1) entity and governance, (2) charter and objectives, (3) CSNA funding and (4) communications.
The summary documents that were produced by each of these working groups are available via the links at the top of this page.