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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.

You can add one project or as many projects as you want.

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Feral or In Peril

Feral or In Peril is creating an early warning system through the coastal community (e.g. fishers, divers, boat owners, etc). We encourage reports of sightings of invasive marine pests and specific native marine species that may be of conservation interest. We provide training in species identification and reporting systems, and also provide advice and support about, e.g. keeping your boat bottom clean to prevent the spread of marine pests.

http://www.conservationsa.org.au/feral-or-in-peril.html
  • Overview of activity
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    1.1

    Name of this engagement activity?

    Feral or In Peril

    1.2

    Website/webpage that describes the activity?

    http://www.conservationsa.org.au/feral-or-in-peril.html

    1.3

    Start and end of the activity.

    Not available

    1.4

    Frequency of the activity.

    • Ad hoc / Random
    1.5

    Brief description of the activity.

    Feral or In Peril is creating an early warning system through the coastal community (e.g. fishers, divers, boat owners, etc). We encourage reports of sightings of invasive marine pests and specific native marine species that may be of conservation interest. We provide training in species identification and reporting systems, and also provide advice and support about, e.g. keeping your boat bottom clean to prevent the spread of marine pests.

    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.

    • Decision-makers
    • General Public
    • Metropolitan communities
    • Policymakers and advisers
    • Regional communities
    • Scientific community
    • Universities / tertiary students
    2.2

    Locations of the groups project is targeting.

    States and Territories

    Capital city SA
    Regional city(ies) / town(s) SA

    More specific geographic informations.

    Not available

    2.3

    Leader/manager of the activity.

    Non-government organisations Conservation Council of South Australia
    2.4

    Involvement in managing the activity.

    Community groups / Foundations / Societies / Associations Boating Industry Association of SA, Marine Life Society of SA, Friends of Gulf St Vincent
    Cultural organisation e.g. museum, library, art gallery, science centre SA Museum
    Federal government e.g. Department of Finance Department of Environment
    Government funded research agency e.g. CSIRO, AIMS SARDI Aquatic Sciences
    State government e.g. Department of Environment Biosecurity SA, SA Dept of Environment, Water & Natural Resources
    Non-government organisations Numerous boat clubs, volunteer lifeguards, SA Sea Rescue Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club, Royal Yacht Squadron
    Professional scientific associations/societies PADI
    2.5

    Funder of the activity?

    State government e.g. Department of Environment Dept of Environment, Water & Natural Resources
    Federal government e.g. Department of Finance Department of Environment
    State government e.g. Department of Environment Biosecurity SA
  • Engagement activity in more depth
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    3.1

    Fields of science involved in the activity.

    • Biological 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.

    • Brochure
    • Establish network / link to existing network
    • Face-to-face
    • Fact sheet
    • Field day
    • Hands-on activity
    • Interactive exhibition
    • Provide or supplement educational materials
    • Newsletter/emails
    • Phone
    • Seminar
    • Social event (e.g. pub quiz night, dinner discussion, movie night)
    • Traditional media (print, radio or television)
    • Social media (e.g, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn)
    • Website
    • Workshop
    3.4

    How does the engagement fit within the process of science.

    • to get target group’s support for the science before it happens
    • to find out target group’s perceptions, concerns and needs about the science before it has started
    • to engage target groups in scientific research that is ongoing
    • to get the target group(s) involved in actually doing the science
    • to engage target group in completed science or established scientific knowledge
    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.

    • I/we had no evidence that the activity would work before starting it
    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
    • Ongoing monitoring/ updating
    • Peer review sources or input
    • Training/ professional development
    • Well established program/ activity/ method
    • Work directly with or have direct input from scientists/ experts
    4.3

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

    • Informal
    • In-house
    4.4

    Tools and methods of evaluation you will use.

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

    One thing that would tell you your engagement was successful.

    An increasing number of reports of sightings of the target species (especially the marine pests).

Contact details

Alex Gaut

Biodiversity Program Manager

Conservation Council of SA

Alex Gaut

5000 Adelaide, SA

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