Inaugural Workshop

Attendees gathered at the Queensland Museum in support of the development of the CSNA on May 6th 2014.***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.

Philip Roetman presents the results of the Australian citizen science survey to an audience of citizen science stakeholders.

The entire morning session was filmed (with the exception of Libby Hepburn) and is available for viewing via the links provided below:

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.

Workshop attendees had the opportunity to discuss the purpose and form of the CSNA in small groups and then present their ideas back to the larger group during afternoon sessions.

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.

12 thoughts on “Inaugural Workshop

  • Victoria Currie

    Hello there,
    Could you please let me know how we can access the live streaming on the internet for the workshop on 6th May?
    Kind regards,

  • Agi Gedeon

    I too would be very interested in access to the live streaming of any available sessions of the inaugural meeting. I applaud you for planning to make this available.
    Kind regards

  • Robert Gardiner

    Hello one and all,
    Please include me in future discussions. I work in an area of rural Victoria, which is poorly serviced by on-line services and was wondering if perhaps the video conferencing could also be burnt to DVD and purchased as required? I understand that someone would have to take on this duty….any other options? Down load speeds out of the urban fringe are far to slow to watch and interact with. NBN may never reach here and other options may have to be explored (especially for remote citizen scientists) The DVD also has the option of jumping to the relevant discussion point and enabling remote students the opportunity to become invovled outside of a formal classrooom, regards Robert

  • Chris Gillies

    Hi Robert,
    We may be able to get a copy to you and others who are unable to access the videos online.

  • Shelby Gull Laird

    I would love to be included on this in the future. Just found out about it today. :(. Cheers, ->shelby

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