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7 – 9 February 2018
City West Campus, UniSA,
47 – 55 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

The Australian Citizen Science Association invites you to join us in Adelaide from February 7-9, 2018 as we bring together citizen science practitioners, participants, thought leaders and decision makers for the Australian Citizen Science Conference 2018 #CitSciOz18.

Featuring international keynote speakers Dr. Caren Cooper and Amy Robinson Sterling, the aim of #CitSciOz18 is to showcase best practice in citizen science and share project outcomes from across Australia and the world!

#CitSciOz18 promises to be an exceptional event and we invite you to join us at the University of South Australia’s City West Campus in the vibrant centre of Adelaide. Conference registration will open shortly, in the mean time we encourage you to sign up for our newsletter so you know the moment registration opens!

Presentation Themes

The presentation themes running through our conference have been decided by YOU! Many thanks to all of you who had input via our conference survey.

  • Social research in citizen science
  • Engaging citizens
  • Working with the education sector
  • Communication & promotion
  • Data management & sharing
  • Showcasing science outcomes
  • Field-based projects
  • Partnerships & collaboration

Important Dates

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Call for Abstracts

The call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN! Please click here for further details and access to the Abstract Submission Portal.

Conference Sponsorship

CitSciOz18 offers a range of partnership opportunities. Support for this conference provides a platform to reach a diverse, energetic, national audience working in many aspects of science, research, policy making and the community, and we are anticipating an audience of approximately 350 people.

Please join us as a sponsor! Our Sponsorship Prospectus provides an overview of sponsorship packages and benefits, and we are also willing to discuss a tailored package to best meet your advertising means. Please contact us for more details.

Conference Highlights

Key Note Speakers

Dr. Caren Cooper

Dr. Caren Cooper is an associate professor at North Carolina State University. She is author of Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery. On Twitter, Cooper (@CoopSciScoop) is founder and moderator of #CitSciChat (panel discussions), @IamCitSci (an account with weekly rotating hosts), and #WhoLaidIt (a natural history game). She is director of research partnerships with, the largest searchable repository of citizen science projects. Cooper’s research focuses on birds, public stewardship of birds, and community pollution monitoring and mapping (sometimes with birds!).

Cooper has over 50 publications to her name, and helped design citizen science projects at the Cornell Lab or Ornithology including YardMap, NestWatch, and Celebrate Urban Birds. She has two current citizen science projects. Sparrow Swap helps volunteer nest monitors minimise damage by house sparrows while exploring the potential of house sparrow eggs as a tool for the biomonitoring of contaminants. Sound Around Town investigates ecology and human well-being associated with soundscapes in suburban and urban areas. Cooper also studies the phenomenon of citizen science across the ecosystem of people and project within in order to guide project design.

Cooper serves on the Board of the CSA (2017-2020), the ethics working group, and led the committee to create a new journal, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. She was co-editor-in-chief for the CSA’s journal (2014-2016) and is now associate editor (2017+). She is co-chair of the international CODATA-WDS Task Group on Citizen Science and the Validation, Curation, and Management of Crowdsourced Data.

Amy Robinson Sterling

Amy Robinson Sterling is the Executive Director of EyeWire, a Game to Map the Brain. EyeWire crowdsources neuroscience, challenging hundreds of thousands of players around the world to solve 3D puzzles and map out neurons, allowing neuroscientists to chart synaptic connections and model circuitry of the brain.

Sterling has advised The White House OSTP and the US Senate on crowdsourcing and open innovation. Under her leadership, EyeWire’s neuroscience visualizations have appeared at TED, the United Nations and Times Square NYC. She helped create the world’s first neuroscience virtual reality experience. Sterling curates the NIH 3D Print Exchange Neuroscience collection. Fast Company credits Sterling with “Making neuroscience into a playground for the hot tech du jour.” Sterling has written for Vice, the BBC, Natura, and Forbes. You can follow her on Twitter at @amyleesterling.

Special Events

Draft Conference Schedule

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

  • Conference Registration Desk open
  • Optional sessions e.g. meetings for partner organisations, special-interest workshops, meet & greet for attendees
  • Conference Registration open
  • Optional Park Lunch – BYO lunch
  • Welcome and Keynote Address
  • Concurrent Sessions and Symposia
  • Poster Session #1
  • Welcome Reception

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

  • Conference Registration open
  • Keynote Address
  • Panel Discussion
  • Concurrent Workshop & Tours
  • Conference Registration open
  • Lunch
  • Poster Session #2
  • Concurrent Session & Symposia
  • Public Lecture

Friday, February 9th, 2018

  • Conference Registration open
  • Concurrent Session & Symposia
  • Poster Session #3 / workshops
  • Conference Registration open
  • Lunch
  • Concurrent Session & Symposia
  • Closing Address
  • Closing Reception

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Optional bus tours, activities, citizen science ‘fair’, additional workshops or meetings

Conference Scholarships

We are offering a number of travel scholarships of up to AU$500 for students, emerging professionals (first three years of work), Indigenous participants and those with limited institutional funding. More details will be made available shortly, including eligibility and application requirements, so please stay tuned.

Conference Hotels

Recommendations for hotels will be made available shortly. Attendees should book accommodation directly with the accommodation providers.

Stay in Touch

All announcements about this conference will be made via our newsletter. Please subscribe so you don’t miss any updates! Questions? Contact the organising committee.

Conference Organising Committee

  • Philip Roetman, University of South Australia
  • Sylvia Clarke, Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR)
  • Frank Grutzner, University of Adelaide
  • Tahlia Perry, University of Adelaide
  • Brianna le Busque, University of South Australia
  • Erin Roger, ACSA Chair
  • Alexis Tindal, ACSA Treasurer
  • Ellie Downing, ACSA Secretary
  • Jessie Cappadonna, ACSA General Member
  • Amy Slocombe, ACSA Support Officer