Citizen Science with Impact: Research, Evaluation and Creating Projects tha...

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Drummond Room North and South in Biosciences 4

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We invite you to join us for the next meeting of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Citizen Science Association.

This meeting will focus on creating great citizen science projects.

We are pleased to announce the following speakers:

Fam Charko – Marine Scientist. Port Phillip Ecocentre
Fam is a marine biologist (MSc) with specialisations in ecology, nature conservation and marine plastic pollution. Fam helps people connect to nature through science, storytelling and immersive experiences into their local environment. She leads several marine research projects for the Port Phillip EcoCentre, helping volunteers become skilled citizen scientists and contributing to a growing body of research on the health of Melbourne's big rivers and Port Phillip Bay. She is a passionate science communicator and uses science literacy to empower local communities in change-making.

Fam will share her insights from developing the Citizen Science Evaluation Rubric.

Fern Hames – Science Manager: Communication & Collaboration. Arthur Rylah Institute
Fern has responsibility for building links between the research programs and sections at ARI as well as with key stakeholders and research partners. This enabling role is designed to increase the capacity of ARI to work together in strategic alliances to conduct quality applied ecological research to underpin policy decisions. Fern has extensive experience in freshwater fish research, stakeholder and community engagement, policy development and environmental education, particularly in the Murray-Darling Basin. She is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and the Rachel Carson Centre, and an alumna of 'Homeward Bound 16'.

Fern will be sharing results from DELWP’s Foundation Survey on how Victorians connect with and act for nature.

Pat Bonney – PhD candidate – Federation University and the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI)
Pat’s research examines the potential for citizen science to bring about meaningful connections between community and government for sustainable waterway management. He is passionate about enhancing the uptake of citizen science in decision-making while upholding the diverse and distinctive benefits afforded to volunteers. Pat also works as a social researcher at CeRDI on a range of projects related to citizen science, education and community-driven natural resource management. Prior to his PhD, Pat worked as a freshwater scientist at The University of Melbourne. Currently, he serves as general committee member of the Australian Citizen Science Association Victorian chapter.

Pat will be sharing key insights from his PhD research and the possible futures of freshwater citizen science in Australia.


Following the presentations, we will have time to network and share ideas.

The Australian Citizen Science Association convenes a community of practice in citizen science, exploring ways to make participation in research by non-scientists not just instructive, but also engaging, fun and social.

Our thanks to our committee member, Linden Ashcroft at University of Melbourne, for hosting our October gathering.

From your ACSA-Vic committee -
Chair: Kade Mills (Victorian National Parks Association)
Vice Chair: Tess Hayes (EPA Victoria)
Secretary: Yvonne Cabuang (Melbourne Water)
Committee Members: Linden Ashcroft (University of Melbourne), Julian O'Shea (Unbound), Pat Bonney (Federation University) and Christine Connelly (Victoria University).

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