The Value and Power of Place-Based Science

As part of Science Week 2022, the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness are Australian Citizen Science Association to host an on-line symposium centred on the Value and Power of Place-Based Science.

Citizen science can move mountains if enough people get involved. This online symposium will explore great global and local examples of powerful place-based citizen science and consider why this is the sweet spot for great science with communities.

When people are interested in studying their own locality, they are likely to do this more carefully and over long periods, because their place matters to them. If science can contribute robust methodologies and data can be FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable), results are likely to be meaningful to all. We can foster interest, understanding and stewardship of “Our Place” with good science.

We will showcase a number of different but powerful projects and discuss what research would be valuable in Bega Valley (or any Local Council area). This symposium invites people working with local Councils (especially BVSC), LLS, Landcare, NPWS, scientists, farmers, landholders and community members wanting to take their interest in nature and our environment to the next level. Discussion will include: What sort of projects are most successful? What is the value for NRMs (Natural Resource Managers)? Can we join up the dots by having common methodologies (eg. Phenology) that can be replicated across the country?

Register in advance for this meeting. Link here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

1. International and examples of PBS
a. Amazon Fishers – Peru
b. Cureiuze Neuzen (Curious Nose) – Air-quality project Flanders
c. Crowd the Tap – Water pipes and water quality Caren Cooper US
2. National/local examples
a. Jock McKenzie – A tidal wetland ecologist and science communicator talks about Mangroves
b. Stuart Harris – A citizen scientist with 6 discovered species and a fascination with spiders
c. Patrick Tegart – Wingecarribee Council’s environment levee, does it work?
d. Simon Tedder – Post 2020 Bushfire response and research – what we know now
e. Amy Denshire – Bellingen Riverwatch – River turtles, clean water & a keen community
f. Michael Mulvaney – Citizen Science around the ACT
3.Thomas Mesaglio – Our iNaturalist guru shows how to advance place-based science in the community using iNaturalist app.