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Reflections on EU citsci CoP talks

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By John Pring, Chair ACSA-ACT I have been participating in discussions with some of the European WeObserve citizen science communities of practice for some time and was asked to provide an update on the Australian bushfires that had occured over the recent fire season and the involvement of ACSA and Australian citizen scientists in the recovery process.  Here is a summary of that presentation and discussion. [caption id="attachment_18212" align="aligncenter" width="499"] Morton National Park NSW February 2020[/caption] The fires in Australia had been something that they had watched in horror but did not truly realise the size. The official losses (3500 homes, 5850 Outbuildings and the tragic loss of 34 lives) had meaning but indicating to people living in the Netherlands that the fires had burnt an area approaching 2.5 x…
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Citizen science and COVID-19

Citizen science and COVID-19

Collaboration & partnerships
Just as ACSA responded to the bushfire crisis earlier in the year, we would also like to contribute to how the Australian community can stay positive, share experiences and contribute to science and learning in the context of COVID-19 social distancing, flattening the curve and mitigation. Doing more together While physical isolation guidelines are being implemented globally, this doesn’t mean we need to feel isolated and powerless during this challenging time. Indeed citizen science is all about the power and potential of ‘scale’ and that by working together we can do more.  Many in our community are finding comfort in continuing with their daily citizen science activities and the sense of connection and purpose it provides. Whether that is recording species in our backyards, monitoring our rain gauges or helping…
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Australian Citizen Science Association statement on 2019/20 bushfires

Australian Citizen Science Association statement on 2019/20 bushfires

Collaboration & partnerships, Engaging citizens
The unprecedented Australian fires are devastating. They have led to the loss of lives, homes, habitats and livelihoods. Members of the Australian Citizen Science Association extend our deepest sympathies to those affected personally and also recognise the ecological grief that may be prompted by the scale of this crisis.  In this time of extreme loss, we are also buoyed by the extraordinary response of individuals and communities in a time of crisis.  We believe there is a role for citizen science to assist across multiple disciplines, in many research and monitoring capacities.  ACSA is a member-based community that supports, informs and develops citizen science. With this in mind, we are seeking to support conversations and plans that help further connect the citizen science community to contribute to the extraordinary and…
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“Join Flutracking” Prof Paul Kelly urges Australians

“Join Flutracking” Prof Paul Kelly urges Australians

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Engaging citizens
On 6 April 2020 Professor Paul Kelly, Deputy Chief Health Officer, encouraged all Australians to join Flutracking to help track the spread of COVID-19. Following this  Dr. Craig Dalton, co-ordinator of Flutracking.net reached out to ACSA and asked for our assistance in spreading this message far and wide. Participating in this citizen science project is easy, and will provide incredibly valuable information that can help us track COVID-19 and other illness in real time. Join Flutracking at https://info.flutracking.net/ and complete a simple 30 second survey once a week. Join Flutracking now.
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City Nature Challenge is GO!

City Nature Challenge is GO!

Communication & promotion, Engaging citizens
“Imagine how many species we could document if everyone in Australia just spent a few hours a day for four days documenting the biodiversity in their own backyard!” Sick of staying indoors? Have you heard about the biggest backyard bioblitz Australia has ever seen?  For the first time ever the City Nature Challenge is being contested by four Australian cities. Due to COVID-19, the City Nature Challenge (Australian organisers) are also encouraging everyone in Australia to join in the fun and bioblitz their own backyards (or balconies) in the name of science! It all takes place from the 24th to 27th April inclusive, but there are also daily challenges leading up to the big event, so get the kids involved too! Please note: the iNaturalist app is rated as ages…
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Welcome to Global CitSciMonth!

Welcome to Global CitSciMonth!

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Engaging citizens
Citizen Science Month offers thousands of opportunities for you to turn your curiosity into impact. There’s something for everyone, everywhere! If you are #HomeSchooling, #StayAtHome or just having a #Staycation you can join a project or event from wherever you are to help scientists answer questions they cannot answer without you. There is something on every day (and night) during CitSciMonth and most are suitable for students to join in online. Check out the calendar for more information here such as the Grey Mangrove Hunt or join the ACSA team in the Stall-A-Thon where we will be helping to find a cure for Alzheimers with Stall Catchers. Note: Check the time zones before you sign up for web events as this is a global events month. Is your favourite citizen science project…
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Are you ready to BioBlitz?

Are you ready to BioBlitz?

Communication & promotion, Engaging citizens
With less than 50 days until the 5th City Nature Challenge (CNC) the four Australian cities competing are busy training citizen scientists and getting the word out on social media. International founders and organisers, Lila Higgins (Natural History Museum of LA County) and Alison Young (California Academy of Sciences), anticipate more than 40,000 people worldwide will make & share over 1 million observations of nature in over 230 cities from the 24th to 27th of April inclusive. All Australian iNaturalist research-grade observations are added to the Atlas of Living Australia via the iNaturalist Australia node. You can read more about that here. Philip Roetman and ACSA SA recently hosted their first CNC training session. Part one of "Using iNaturalist" can be found on the Adelaide City Nature Challenge YouTube channel…
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ACSA-Vic event: How can Citizen Science contribute to public health?

ACSA-Vic event: How can Citizen Science contribute to public health?

Communication & promotion, Engaging citizens, Meetings and Events
Join our next Citizen Science event and discover how citizen science can contribute to public health. When: 3pm - 5:00pm, 25 March, 2020 Where: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton. RSVP: via Eventbrite Guest presenters: Ann Borda, Centre for the Digital Transformation of Health - The University of Melbourne  Ann is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for the Digital Transformation of Health at The University of Melbourne. Ann has a PhD in information science from University College London which has served as a springboard for her commitment towards transdisciplinary scholarship. Ann's own research focuses on participatory health, digital health literacy, and smart cultural heritage. Ollie Conlan, Bicycle Network More than two thirds of Australians, including children, don’t get enough exercise. The stats tell us…
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ACSA Bushfire Response projects audit and promotion

ACSA Bushfire Response projects audit and promotion

Collaboration & partnerships, Engaging citizens
Early in the new year we were waking up to the realisation of how awful and extensive all the bushfires across Australia were. We were also seeing a huge response from the public who wanted to contribute, to do something to help affected wildlife which we were seeing perhaps surviving the bushfires but subsequently in real problems because of a lack of water, food and shelter/cover. We also realised that none of us knew what citizen science we could usefully do that would help scientists and natural resource managers with information about what was happening. We also needed to be guided as to what to look for so as to begin to understand the destructive and regenerative processes we were observing around us. ACSA established an informal working group to…
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Entries to the 2020 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science are now open!

Entries to the 2020 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science are now open!

Communication & promotion
Are you involved in a citizen science project that is building STEM knowledge or skills, empowering greater community engagement in STEM, or changing attitudes towards STEM? Sponsored by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science is awarded for demonstrated excellence in citizen science practice, through an innovative research and community engagement project. Who can enter? The prize is open to individuals and teams. People can either enter themselves or be nominated by others. Projects of all sizes and scopes – from localised community focused projects to national scale initiatives – are welcome to enter. Activity entered for the prize must have taken place in the past 5 years It’s a brilliant opportunity to get your project noticed; finalist representatives will be…
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