People Power: How citizen science can take your science further

27 September 2017

group of people amongst trees

Citizen science is a great
way for the local community
to be involved in research.
Photo: S Cotrelle/OEH

Citizen science is scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, sometimes described as 'crowd-sourced science', and it is growing around Australia and the world. Citizen science presents an innovative opportunity to engage with the community and increase the amount, and range, of scientific data that can be collected and processed.

Many successful projects have been run right here in Canberra, including the Antarctic Field Notebook transcription project out of the Geoscience Australia library and several projects based at Mt. Stromlo Observatory, including Stargazing Live with Brian Cox.

Come along and find out how citizen science solves real world problems, enhances public awareness and engagement with science, and can take Australian research further.

Jane Black is the Information Services Librarian at Geoscience Australia's NH (Doc) Fisher Library, whose focus is on helping people to find and use the wide array of resources held in the library. She is also the driving force behind GA's successful Antarctic  Field Notebook transcription project.

Brad Tucker is an astrophysicist/cosmologist and Research Fellow at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mt. Stromlo Observatory at the Australian National University. He also frequently gives talks to school groups and the general public about Astronomy and has regular segments on various radio stations talking about Astronomy news and events.

Stephanie McLennan, Claire Orlov, and Richelle Spry were part of a team that developed the first 'how-to guide' for citizen science projects at GA. They come from varied backgrounds in science and data management but are all passionate about the opportunities citizen science can provide.

This talk is presented as part of the Wednesday Seminar Series.

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Date: 27 September 2017
Time: 11.00am
Location: Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, Geoscience Australia
Cost/bookings: Free, No bookings required
Audience: General
More information: talks@ga.gov.au