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July Meeting of ACSA-Vic: Citizen Meteorology, Environmental DNA and School Curriculum Alignment


We spent a stimulating afternoon with some fascinating people for our second Chapter meeting of the year on 19 July.

David Gooding, Strategic Analyst for the Bureau of Meteorology, presenting the Bureau’s Weather Observation Website (, a collaborative project with the UK Met Office,enabling Australians to set up their own weather site stations to share observations, information and photos with the meteorological community, contributing to a data-rich body of knowledge on local meteorological conditions.

We heard from David Gooding on the Bureau of Meteorology’s Weather Observation Website, from Jack Nunn on the Science for All eDNA project, and from Libby Hillman on the fantastic work of the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria in enabling learning communities with the toolkit for effective citizen science.

 Workshops focused on the education sector and project alignment with learning communities; the social science of community engagement, including engagement metrics and tools; the recruitment and retention of citizen scientists in projects; and the consolidation and alignment of Victoria’s citizen science programs and their outputs.

Linda McIver at ACSA-Vic
Linda McIver of the Australian Data Science Education Institute, reporting back from the Education group

Thanks to everyone who came along or tuned in via webinar, and thanks to Linden Ashcroft and the Bureau for hosting us on the day. For those involved in citizen science programs and projects, you can send any info and news through to [email protected] to inform an upcoming email newsletter. You should also consider nominating for a role on our coordinating committee for an upcoming election – we need committed people to fill a number of roles as we build the state’s program. To keep informed, you can sign up to the mailing list; the signup form is available from the sidebar at or from the Citizen Science Victoria Facebook page at .

Libby Hillman presenting
Libby Hillman from GTAV presenting.
Jack Nunn from “Science for All” presenting.
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