Call for Queensland science action on Citizen Science Day
All residents in Queensland are encouraged to contribute to scientific studies and projects as the celebrates Citizen Scientist Day.
The Queensland Government recently launched a Queensland Citizen Science Strategy to boost community participation in research projects.
Queenslanders have been providing information on diverse projects including the ground effects of weather events, searching for galaxies far away, or monitoring the health of our waterways.
Projects in the Far North include Quoll spotting, monitoring the health of sharks and rays, and generating data on the Great Barrier Reef but there are more than 100 projects across the state.
Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch said everyone can get involved and you don’t need a fancy degree to contribute valuable scientific data.
“Any information that people can provide as a citizen scientist will go a long way to supporting our researchers in their pursuit of discovery,”she said.
“You don’t have to be a scientist to be involved – all you need is curiosity and a willingness to explore.
“Citizen science is a fun way to learn more about our world while helping to contribute to important research and increasing global scientific knowledge.
“Citizen scientists provide valuable data, skills, knowledge and advice for scientific research that may not otherwise be available.”
Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Paul Bertsch said being a citizen scientist had huge value for all generations and can help form pathways for a future in science for young people.
“Understanding more about science helps people make better decisions in their day-to-day lives, treat the environment responsibly and generally keep up with the rapid progress of modern technology,” he said.
“For our children, being involved in citizen science projects can demonstrate the benefits of a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as having a lot of fun.”
Chair of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Citizen Science Association James Gullison said people could combine their hobbies and passions with research.
“Enjoy scuba diving? Why not join Reef Check and receive the knowledge and empowerment to conserve our oceans by undertaking reef surveys.
“Bird enthusiasts can team up with BirdLife Australia and contribute to the conservation and monitoring of species across Australia, even from the comfort of our own backyards,” Mr Gullison said.
To find a citizen scientist project to get involved in, visit the Australian Citizen Science Association website.
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