One-year update

This blog post formally marks a year since CSAANZ was established. The inaugural meeting was held August 2019 in the cosy surrounds of the Fitzroy Surf Lifesaving Club (New Plymouth). Given that our committee members are spread all over the North and South Islands, the subsequent monthly meetings have all been held online, including the AGM. It’s worked well, meaning that CSAANZ can continue to have input from its far-flung executive with the added benefit of zero meeting costs. Read on for a summary of what we’ve been up to and what… Read More

From #CitSciOz to #CitSciNZ

The Citizen Science Association of Aotearoa NZ (CSAANZ) was formalised in August 2019 and holds monthly online meetings for Co-chairs and Committee members. Establishing and sustaining a new association is challenging, so this month we reached out to colleagues from across the Tasman to benefit from their experience. At CSAANZ, we don’t want to reinvent the wheel. This blog summarised the 3-hour(!) online conversation between Jessie Oliver and Michelle Neil (from the Australian Citizen Science Association – ACSA) and CSAANZ Co-chairs and Committee members about the long and bumpy road to building a citizen science association. The Australian Citizen Science… Read More

New Plymouth kick-off meeting to establish the new national association: CSAANZ

A group of nearly 20 citizen science practitioners, researchers, educators, coordinators, developers, movers and shakers gathered on Aug 10 in New Plymouth to formalise the Citizen Science Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (CSAANZ, #CitSciNZ for short). A celebratory launch is planned for the near future. This blog forms part of an emerging kaupapa for the fledgling association: sharing information through transparent processes. Participants travelled from as far as Dunedin and Whangarei, contributing their expertise to shape the preliminary direction and structure of the new Association. Establishing a Citizen Science Association in this… Read More