Citizen Science Symposium

Citizen Science in Action

Friday 15th September, Hawkesbury campus, Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University and Local Land Services Greater Sydney invites you to participate in a one-day workshop and forum: "Citizen Science in Action". Held at Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury campus in Richmond, NSW, this will highlight the importance of research and how you can get involved with citizen science. In our interactive workshops you will learn about relevant technologies and be provided with the skills to participate in the latest citizen science programs more effectively to make a real impact in your community.


When: Friday, 15 September 2017
Where: Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury campus, Bourke Street, Richmond.
Please arrive between 8am and 8.55am for registration outside Building G1.G.51

Cost: $45.00 per person (or $25 discounted student ticket). Cost includes keynote speaker, workshops and catered morning tea, lunch, BBQ networking dinner and bus transport (if applicable). Please purchase your tickets from One Stop (opens in a new window) and follow the prompts to complete your booking. Registrations close 4 September and places are strictly limited.

You will be moving around and walking around campus or at the Riverfarm so you must wear enclosed walking shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Please also bring a clipboard or notepad and your own stationary as these will be required for you to take notes and collect data on the day. We also suggest you bring your own coffee cup and water bottle to use during the event.

Event campus map, Hawkesbury 

Keynote Speaker

Dr John Martin is an ecologist at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. John has been researching the Australian white ibis over the past 10-years, and has the wildly optimistic view that people should see ibis as conservation messenger, the inland wetlands need help, rather than as a pest species. John's ecological research interests focus on animals' spatial use of habitats and population variability. Study species include flying-foxes, European red foxes, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos, Powerful owls, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos through the Wingtags program and he and colleagues started the 'Hollows as Homes' program in 2016. The Hollow as Homes (opens in a new window) program asks members of the community to report tree hollows and the wildlife using this important habitat. The data collected can be used to guide land managers on-ground practices to retain hollow-bearing trees, plant future habitat and supplement missing hollows with nest boxes.


Download a copy of your program (%asset_summary_12567435) (opens in a new window) - subject to change. You will undertake BOTH workshops in the coloured stream concurrently.

RED STREAM (Hawkesbury Riverfarm)

  1. Adding Fauna to Flora: Using bird ecology to assess habitat - Mr Mark Fuller, Avianation
    An interpretive workshop designed to help people read the landscape by 'tuning in' to birdsong and observing their behaviour. This workshop will help attendees identify birds using techniques and methods and performing your own bird surveys. Please ensure you have enclosed footwear on.
  2. Bee Aware of your Native Bees - Dr Megan Halcroft, Bees Business
    The workshop is designed for people to identify native bees and other insects. You will get up-close and personal with pinned specimens using microscopes and will also practice at trying to catch insects so the participants have some basic skills. Please ensure you have enclosed footwear on.

GREEN STREAM (Hawkesbury campus)

  1. Freshwater Turtles in your Local Waterways - Dr Ricky Spencer, Western Sydney University
    In this workshop participants will learn about monitoring freshwater turtles using Turtle Stat and will also include a walking tour of the turtle house on campus. Please ensure you have enclosed footwear on.
  2. FeralScan: Foxes and Feral Species - Dr Alison Towerton, Local Land Services
    This workshop will cover a range of invasive animal information, including the use of FeralScan to map your sightings and use of cameras to record sightings. 

BLUE STREAM (Hawkesbury campus)

  1. Water Pollution and Citizen Science - Dr Ian Wright & Mr Adrian Estreich, Western Sydney University
    In this workshop you will work in small groups using metres provided to test water quality from real environmental settings. Participants will also need to compare their results to water quality guidelines  and also will have to work out who is responsible for management of these systems.
  2. Peas Tracker in the Native Bush - Dr Paul Rymer, Western Sydney University
    This workshop will demonstrate how every day observations about what is happening around us can make a valuable contribution to climate change science. As part, participants will learn to identify different plant species and look at the ecology of the Legume family - that includes wattles, native peas, and many other species.


Please purchase your tickets from One Stop (opens in a new window) and complete the online booking form. Select how many tickets you wish to purchase (max. 5 per booking) and click "Create Booking". Please fill out the form and select your workshop preferences before "Add to Cart". From there you will be able to complete your payment. Follow the prompts to complete your booking. 

Be sure to register in your preferred workshops as changes cannot be made on the day. If you do not register 2 will be assigned to you. You can pick max. 2 streams - 1 in the morning (AM) and 1 in the afternoon (PM) under the coloured streams (RED, GREEN or BLUE). You must undertake BOTH workshops in the stream concurrently. Places per workshop are capped and limited so be sure to register.

Getting Here

By Car: For those who are driving, entry via our main gates on Londonderry Road, Bourke St or Blacktown Road. Free parking has been made available to our guests in P14 car park ONLY. Guests may only mark in the yellow marked bays. No guest may park on the grass. Unfortunately parking is limited. If you are unable to park in P14, you will have to pay to park somewhere else on campus, or risk being fined by our campus security. Anyone caught parked on the grass will also risk being fined by campus security.

By Transport: For those who are catching public transport, elite at East Richmond Station and walk straight down to our main gates via Bourke St. The station is approximately 15 minute walk to the venue. Alternatively you may catch the free shuttle bus and hop off at the library stop (G1). For more please see the public transport planning and information (opens in a new window) website.

Download printable access information for Hawkesbury campus [PDF, 65.26 KB] (opens in a new window).

Contact Us

Please contact the Office of Sustainability for any enquires.