#CitSciOz18 Information

Registration | Highlights | Important dates | Draft schedule | Presentation Guidelines | Sponsorship

7 – 9 February 2018
Optional weekend activities available
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, along with Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Finkel and Eureka prize winner Dr. Emilie Ens, 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 is NOW OPEN so jump on over to our registration portal and sign up!

Want to revisit the 2015 conference? You can access the conference report and the program here.

Presentation Themes

We have 124 spectacular presentations lined up! Check out their themes below:

  • #SocialResearch – 12
  • #EngagingCitizens – 24
  • #Education – 9
  • #Communication – 5
  • #EmpowerWithData – 24
  • #ShowcasingOutcomes – 17
  • #FieldProjects – 15
  • #Partnerships – 18

Important Dates

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Conference Registration

Conference registration is now open! Consider becoming a member of ACSA for reduced registration fees.

Register now

Registration fees


Registration type Early bird (before 15/12/17) Standard (from 16/12/17)
ACSA Member $290 $365
Non-member $375 $450
ACSA Member
Student / Senior
$215 $290
Student / Senior
$300 $375


Registration type Early bird (before 15/12/17) Standard (from 16/12/17)
ACSA Member $165 $215
Non-member $250 $300
ACSA Member
Student / Senior
$130 $180
Student / Senior
$215 $265


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 SciStarter.com, 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 SciStarter.com 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

Portrait of Amy Robinson SterlingAmy 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.

Dr Emilie Ens

Portrait of Dr Emily EmsDr Emilie Ens is a cross-cultural ecologist in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Macquarie University. Over the last 10 years she has worked with Aboriginal Rangers and communities in Indigenous Protected Areas in Arnhem Land, and more recently in northern NSW, to develop collaborative action research projects that strive to better understand and manage Country and culture. Her work is holistic, people-focussed and place-based with a focus on two-way “learning by doing” (ie learning by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people). Her team’s projects have included fencing and monitoring culturally significant wetlands to raise awareness about the eco-cultural impacts of feral buffalo and pig; cross-cultural biodiversity surveys and monitoring cultural values with young people using new electronic technologies.

Dr Ens also works at national and international levels to advocate for enhanced cross-cultural engagement in environmental research and management. She was invited as a member to Australia’s Ecosystem Science Council’s Inspiring a Generation Working Group, the Ecological Society of Australia’s Research Chapter Working Group and IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management Thematic Groups (invasive Species and Ecosystems; Cultural Practices and Ecosystem Management. For her work with the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge Working Group, her team won the 2014 Banksia Award for Indigenous Leadership in Sustainability. In 2017 the Ngukurr Wi Stadi Bla Kantri (We study the Country) Research team she leads with Elders in SE Arnhem Land won the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science. In collaboration with the Yugul Mangi, Numbirindi and Yirralka Rangers she was also successful in obtaining a recent Australian Government Citizen Science Grant for cross-cultural biodiversity surveys across 40,000km2 of eastern Arnhem Land. Dr Ens also lectures in Environmental Management at Macquarie University.

Dr. Alan Finkel

Portrait of Dr Alan FinkleWe are very excited to announce that our final keynote speaker has been confirmed as Dr. Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist. Dr. Finkel completes an exceptional line up of key note speakers for #CitSciOz18.

The Federal Government, under Dr. Finkel’s science stewardship, is a strong proponent of citizen science and supports several initiatives for citizen science capacity building and project development.

Dr. Finkel is an engineer, neuroscientist, successful entrepreneur and philanthropist with a personal commitment to innovation and commercialisation. He is passionate about communicating the wonders of science.
You can follow Dr. Finkel on Twitter @ScienceChiefAu.

Special Events

Draft Conference Schedule

An overview of the schedule is provided below. For more detail, please visit our interactive agenda, where you can view biographies, download abstracts and review the social program.

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

  • Conference Registration open
  • Workshops
  • Meetings for partner organisations
  • Conference Registration open
  • Welcome and Keynote Address
    • Dr. Alan Finkel
  • Concurrent Speed Talks
    • #EngagingCitizens
    • #FieldProjects
    • #Partnerships
    • #EmpowerWithData
  • Workshops
  • Welcome Reception
  • Live Podcast: The Wholesome Show

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

  • Conference Registration open
  • Keynote Address
    • Dr. Caren Cooper
  • Plenary Session
    • Annette Williams on the Commonwealth Government Grants
  • Concurrent Long Talks
    • #EmpowerWithData
    • #EngagingCitizens
    • #FieldProjects
  • Conference Registration open
  • Lunch
  • Poster Session
  • Concurrent Long Talks
    • #EmpowerWithData
    • #EngagingCitizens
    • #Education
  • Public Lecture
    • Dr. Caren Cooper & Amy Robinson Sterling

Friday, February 9th, 2018

  • Conference Registration open
  • ACSA Special General Meeting
    • Meet the ACSA Committee
  • Keynote Address
    • Dr. Emilie Ens
  • Concurrent Long Talks
    • #SocialResearch
    • #Partnerships
    • #ShowcasingOutcomes
  • Concurrent Symposia
  • Lunch
  • Keynote Address
    • Amy Robinson Sterling
  • Concurrent Long Talks
    • #SocialResearch
    • #ShowcasingOutcomes
    • #Communication
    • #Partnerships
  • Closing Plenary
  • Closing Reception
    • Crowd & the Cloud

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th February, 2018
Optional citizen science activities and tours of the nearby Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale

Conference Scholarships

We are offering a number of travel scholarships of up to AU$500 for students, Indigenous participants and community members without institutional funding.

To be eligible for the scholarship you must:

  • have the capacity to fund or receive additional funding for the outstanding amount associated with attending the conference; and
  • be currently enrolled as either a student at a university or other research institute; or be a private individual not paid by any organisation/institution to undertake citizen science; or be of an Indigenous background, and
  • contribute a piece to the ACSA newsletter summarising and sharing your experiences at the conference.

Scholarship applications are now closed.

Conference Hotels

Discounted rates have been negotiated with number of properties in close proximity to the University of South Australia – City West Campus for the duration of the conference, including the Saturday night for those wanting to stay for the weekend activities.
Hotel details and rates can be viewed here. Accommodation can be booked during the registration process.

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
  • Erin Roger, ACSA Chair
  • Alexis Tindal, ACSA Treasurer
  • Ellie Downing, ACSA Secretary
  • Jessie Oliver, ACSA General Member
  • Amy Slocombe, ACSA Support Officer