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Western Sydney Citizen Science Forum

Western Sydney Citizen Science Forum participants completing a workshop task Western Sydney Citizen Science Forum participants completing a workshop task NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Over fifty environmental educators, scientists and community representatives came together to discuss all things citizen science at the Western Sydney Citizen Science Forum on 23 October.

Citizen science programs allow the community to assist with collecting data, which can then be assessed and interpreted to inform decision making or research. Examples include the Aussie Backyard Bird Count where the community registers bird sightings over the course of a week.

Citizen science programs are a great way to get residents engaged in local issues and help them understand the impacts of broad scientific ideas such as biodiversity or urban heat to their local area.

The Western Sydney Citizen Science Forum was developed in response to local government interest in developing best-practice citizen science projects for their residents. The forum addressed key steps in program delivery including: asking the right questions, managing data, and building ongoing, effective partnerships to deliver better outcomes for Western Sydney.

The Western Sydney Citizen Science Forum will likely be followed by more in-depth workshops on specific issues including data management and engagement. Further information will be provided in the new year.

This event was a partnership between the following organisations:

  • WSROC
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Western Sydney University
  • Blacktown City Council
  • Blue Mountains City Council
  • City of Parramatta Council

 

Western Sydney Citizen Science Program, 23rd October, 2018

 

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