Category: Conferences

Portrait of Dr Alan Finkle

#CitSciOz18: Dr. Alan Finkel confirmed!

We 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. Finkle on Twitter @ScienceChiefAu.

#CitSciOz18: Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

We know that many of you have been working hard on your abstracts for #CitSciOz18…and if you didn’t get yours in by the 10th, it’s not too late! We are pleased to announce that the submission deadline has been extended until

FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER 2017! (midnight, AEDT)

That gives you an extra 10 days to get your abstracts ready…

Check the abstracts guidelines here


CitSciOz18 – Call for Abstracts OPEN!

The Call for Abstracts for the 2018 Australian Citizen Science Conference is now OPEN!

Please refer to the abstracts page on the conference website for all the guidelines on abstract submission, including:
* presentation themes
* presentation types
* abstract selection criteria
* key dates, and
* the Abstract Submission Portal

The Call for Abstracts will be open for 4 weeks only…closing date is 10 October 2017. Don’t leave it to the last minute – get cracking and submit your abstract pronto!

Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent to submitting authors in November, 2017.

If you have any questions about the Abstract Submission Portal, please contact Shanna Sheldrick of Premier Event Concepts via email
Otherwise please contact Amy via

We look forward to reading about all the great work you’re doing!

Reflections on CitSci2017

Even weeks after the conference, I am still buzzing with excitement from the inspiring work I learned about being done in all corners of the Earth. The Citizen Science Association conference had an amazing program and you can check out a few of the highlights by scrolling through #CitSci2017 via twitter. You can also read personal reflection blog posts by Professor Muki Haklay, based on the presentations, workshops, and events he attended:

As for me, I
(1) attended the tail end of the Citizen Science Association’s board of directors meeting representing ACSA;
(2) ran a symposium about citizen science globally with folks working in Europe, the US and China, and audience members contributing information from several other regions;
(3) presented my citizen science design research investigating how to engage people with bioacoustics;
(4) tweeted live for the Cloud and the Crowd during the live viewing of an episode with cast members;
(5) met up with folks from around the world interested in creating a global mosquito monitoring program;
(6) attended as many brilliant talks and events as I could to garner more information to bring back home; and
(7) caught up with folks from around the globe! It was also wonderful to see an Oceania contingent representing the region in a wide variety of important ways and to have the opportunity to catch up with these more “local” colleagues!

If anyone is interested in knowing more about the conference please don’t hesitate to contact me @JessCappadonna