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Hepburn_Community Energy Contributing to National Data

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Atlas of Living Australia

August 05, 2013
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  1. Community Energy Contributing to National Data

  2. Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness A long term

    community science initiative to map the biodiversity of our region
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  6. Celebration of Science Forum $7million

  7. Nadgee 1974 Fixing a radio collar to a dingo P

    Catling
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  10. Bioblitz 2012 outcomes • 42 surveys • 295 participants •

    1,629 records • 855 species • Scientists, naturalists, enthusiasts, students, tekkies
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  19. What ALA gives ALCW • Amazing resource • Challenges -

    a few • Worth struggling with?...........Absolutely!
  20. Atlas of Living Australia Cornerstone of ecological science • Central

    repository • International links • Citizen Science co-ordination? • Continual development
  21. Citizen Science: policy framework • We: • live in a

    scientific society • need a scientifically engaged and literate community • need greater uptake of science in schools and as a career
  22. Why scientists need citizens • Computer modelling - only works

    with good baseline data • Scientists need to know what is there now • Not enough scientists; not enough funds
  23. Why citizens want science • Enthusiasm and technology serving science

    • Science is within us and we thrive while learning with experts • But...we need scientists to lead & help build community capacity
  24. Global Citizen Science: is Australia up for it? • European

    Association of Citizen Science launched 8th June 2013 • OPAL - an exemplar for Australia
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  26. OPAL - OPen Air Laboratories • 500,000 engaged in outdoor

    research • Science uptake in schools from 16% - 25% • 7 national major research projects • Significant environmental data • Shifts in perceptions, behaviours & skills
  27. Citizen Scientists armed with instruments of technology • Alone we

    will create a lot of excitement and noise • Led by scientists we can create a symphony of science
  28. And you can’t start too early.......