Citizen science conference

Over 200 delegates from Australia, America, Asia, South Africa and Europe will attend the second Australian Citizen Science Association Conference from 7 – 9 February in Adelaide. Featuring international keynote speakers Dr. Caren Cooper (North Carolina State University) and Amy Robinson Sterling (Executive Director of EyeWire), along with Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Finkel and Australian Museum Eureka Prize winner Dr. Emilie Ens, practitioners, researchers and policy makers will discuss future of citizen science, and Australia’s role in it.

The Conference will have a strong focus on the community aspect of citizen science, examining how citizen science practitioners and researchers can help each other, and how citizen science can help the wider community.

“Citizen science has proven itself to be an incredible asset for research and data gathering,” said Dr. Erin Roger, Chair of the Australian Citizen Science Association.

“What we are focusing on is how we can better support the practice of citizen science within Australia to help our national research community, and the Australian public. The benefits of citizen science extend beyond the lab; it has the potential to bring communities together and create life changing opportunities for Australians everywhere.”

Highlights

  • Join keynote speakers Caren Cooper and Amy Robinson Sterling to discover citizen science projects from around the world at a free public lecture from 6 pm on 8 February in the Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, 55 North Terrace, UniSA.
  • Discover an award-winning example of innovative citizen science that benefits both science and communities through the Ngukurr Wi Stadi Bla Kantri (We study the Country) research project led by Dr. Emilie Ens and Elders in south east Arnhem Land. Over the past nine years, citizen scientists of the project have discovered species new to science, found new populations of threatened species, preserved culturally-significant wetlandsm and documented the community’s plants and animals in eight local languages.

Conference details

Event: Australian Citizen Science Conference 2018
Dates: 7 to 9 February, 2018
Location: City West Campus, UniSA, 47 – 55 North Terrace, Adelaide
Website: www.citizenscience.org.au/citscioz18-conference-information/