Citizen Science Symposium 2018

On April 9, Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of NZ will host the country’s first symposium dedicated fully to investigating citizen science. A series of hands-on ecological monitoring workshops will take place the weekend prior (April 7-8).


The Symposium vision

A dynamic event for current and potential citizen science key players to create an in-depth and shared understanding of citizen science activities and potential as well as to shape future directions for citizen science in NZ.


The build-up…

The symposium and associated workshops wrap up the Ministry for the Environment funded project: Citizen Science meets Environmental Restoration. Over the last 3 years, the NZ Landcare Trust hosted 12 workshops in the North and South Islands to build a community of interest and discuss barriers and opportunities for progressing citizen science in NZ. An inventory of citizen science projects, programmes, resources and learning opportunities was produced in 2016, along with a series of case studies in 2017.


Who will attend?

Community volunteers, decision and policy-makers, educators, project coordinators, data wranglers, researchers, environmental managers… 

The symposium will be aimed at those wanting to further their knowledge of what citizen science is, what is underway and its potential e.g., for establishing programmes that address particular research questions. Others will be actively involved in developing, coordinating or researching programmes that feature environmental monitoring or data collection largely by volunteers. 


Symposium programme (April 9)

The programme is currently being developed. Presentations will showcase a range of New Zealand-based biodiversity, biosecurity and education focussed citizen science projects. Panel and interactive sessions will encourage debate and discussion, with international participants adding their perspectives: What scope is there for citizen science programmes to collect long-term environmental data…? How can existing citizen generated data be more effectively used…? Who will design and implement citizen science projects/programmes to support the strategic programmes for biosecurity, conservation and environment science…? How will these projects be supported into the future…? How can we build a ‘community of practice’ between government agencies to progress citizen science…?