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In Australia, we are getting better at engaging everyday people with science.

We do it on the streets. We do it in cinemas. We do it on trains, planes and buses. We do it in our national parks and we do it in our own backyards.

It is important to engage Australians with science because it plays a significant role in our personal health and wealth, and in our collective growth as a nation.

A big reason why we, science communicators and communication researchers, are getting better at engaging the public with science is that we are learning from each other about what works and what doesn't. We, ourselves, are getting better at engaging with each other.

That is why we'd love to add your science engagement project to the national database.

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Panboola Bioblitz

A bioblitz a fun event that comprises a group of scientists, naturalists, “citizen scientists” and other members of the public working together to discover, identify and record as many kinds of plants, animals, algae and fungi within our chosen area. The Panboola event will build on Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness’s successful coastal Bioblitz held at Bermagui in March 2012 that attracted 300 people including school groups, scientists, technicians and scores of ‘citizen scientists.’

http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/inspiring/news/panboola.shtml
  • Overview of activity
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    1.1

    Name of this engagement activity?

    Panboola Bioblitz

    1.2

    Website/webpage that describes the activity?

    http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/inspiring/news/panboola.shtml

    1.3

    Start and end of the activity.

    11 Apr 2014 - 12 Apr 2014

    1.4

    Frequency of the activity.

    • One-off event
    1.5

    Brief description of the activity.

    A bioblitz a fun event that comprises a group of scientists, naturalists, “citizen scientists” and other members of the public working together to discover, identify and record as many kinds of plants, animals, algae and fungi within our chosen area. The Panboola event will build on Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness’s successful coastal Bioblitz held at Bermagui in March 2012 that attracted 300 people including school groups, scientists, technicians and scores of ‘citizen scientists.’

    1.6

    Best description of the focus of your activity?

    • Citizen Science / data collection
    1.7

    Outcomes your activity seeks.

    High importance
    Low importance

    Attract increasing national and/or international interest in science

    Critically engage target groups with key scientific issues

    Encourage behavioural or policy change

    Encourage people to think critically and logically using scientific method

    Encourage young people to pursue scientific studies/careers

    Inspire target groups and get them to value scientific endeavour

    Make science more accessible

    1.8

    Focus of your activity.

    Major component
    Not present in activity

    Institutional priority or public policy change related to science and technology

    Personal, community and societal values related to applications of science and technology

    Societal and environmental impacts and implications from science and technology

    The nature of the scientific process or enterprise

    Understanding of the natural and human-made world

  • Who is involved
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    2.1

    Group(s) are you targeting with your activity.

    • General Public
    • Parents
    • Regional communities
    • School-aged children (but not necessarily in schools)
    • Scientific community
    • Teachers
    • Universities / tertiary students
    2.2

    Locations of the groups project is targeting.

    States and Territories

    Capital city NSW
    Regional city(ies) / town(s) NSW
    Rural / remote NSW

    More specific geographic informations.

    Not available

    2.3

    Leader/manager of the activity.

    Community groups / Foundations / Societies / Associations Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness
    2.4

    Involvement in managing the activity.

    Community groups / Foundations / Societies / Associations Panboola Wetlands and Heritage Trust
    2.5

    Funder of the activity?

    Not available

  • Engagement activity in more depth
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    3.1

    Fields of science involved in the activity.

    • Biological sciences
    • Earth sciences
    • Environmental sciences
    3.2

    Target group(s) involvement in the activity.

    Major component of activity
    Not part of activity

    Ask questions of experts, interactive inquiry learning in activities/exhibits

    Consult, share views and knowledge among/between participants and science experts

    Create content/new products

    Deliberate with other participants and group problem-solving

    Learn from watching, listening, viewing lectures, media and/or exhibits

    Participate in research

    Produce recommendations or reports

    Work with scientists

    3.3

    Tools you have used or will use for engagement.

    • Face-to-face
    • Fact sheet
    • Focus group
    • Newsletter/emails
    • Phone
    • Social event (e.g. pub quiz night, dinner discussion, movie night)
    • Social media (e.g, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn)
    • Website
    • Workshop
    3.4

    How does the engagement fit within the process of science.

    • to engage target groups in scientific research that is ongoing
    • to get the target group(s) involved in actually doing the science
    3.5

    Level of involvement of the following people in delivering the engagement activity.

    High involvement
    Low involvement

    Communication professionals

    Community representatives

    Interpretation specialists (e.g. museum curators, science centre education officers, rangers)

    Managers (e.g. resources, business, etc.)

    Scientists not directly involved in the research

    Other specialists (e.g. graphic designer, artists, actors, etc.)

    Scientists who did or are doing the research

    Students

    Teachers / academics

    Volunteers (other than scientists)

  • Evaluation
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    4.1

    Evidences that your engagement activity was likely to work before starting it.

    • Previous success with this activity
    • Previous success with a similar activity
    • Publications in journals
    4.2

    Credibility, and accuracy of the science involved in your engagement activity.

    • Advisory committee
    • Based on research
    • Credibility, reputation and experience of organisation/s
    • Credibility, reputation and experience of individual/s
    • Discussed with scientists as part of the engagement activity
    • Work directly with or have direct input from scientists/ experts
    4.3

    Evaluation you have done or plan to do for this activity.

    • Informal
    4.4

    Tools and methods of evaluation you will use.

    • Attendance numbers
    • Debriefing
    • Feedback through forms, emails, letters and face-to-face
    • Interviews
    • Media monitoring
    • Social media monitoring
    • Surveys
    4.5

    One thing that would tell you your engagement was successful.

    People, both scientists and community members asking when the next bioblitz event is on.

Contact details

Patrick Tegart

Project Coordinator

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness

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