Government funding aims to mobilise Queensland’s citizen scientists

The Queensland government is establishing a special grants scheme to advance science across the state.

On January 24, minister for science Leeanne Enoch launched the Queensland Citizen Science Strategy, and the Citizen Science Grants scheme.

“Science is part of our everyday lives, and is all about observation.

“The new Queensland Citizen Science Strategy and grants scheme will help boost community participation in research projects and to encourage more people to engage in science,” she said.

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Grants of up to $30,000 are available to applicants over a period of up to three years.

“Our new strategy and grants are all about mobilising Queenslanders to help our scientists with important research projects, because the more eyes and ears you’ve got out there, the better.

“You don’t have to be a scientist to be involved – all you need is the curiosity to find out more about our world.

“With the added benefits of modern technology, it is easier than ever to engage in science and research,” said Enoch.

“Any information that people can provide as a citizen scientist will go a long way to supporting our researchers in their pursuit of discovery.”

Understanding more about science helped people make decisions in their day-to-day lives, treat the environment responsibly and generally keep up with the rapid progress of modern technology, said Enoch.

“For our kids, being involved in citizen science projects can demonstrate the benefits of a STEM career. This is important, especially as we transition to a knowledge economy in Queensland.”

Enoch also celebrated the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA) launch of its Queensland Chapter.

Chair of ACSA Queensland Chapter James Gullison said the formation of a dedicated and experienced Queensland group would go a long way to advancing citizen science, including fostering awareness and participation in citizen science.

“Citizen science has been around for many years in different forms and as a formal body we can now work together better to highlight the benefits of scientists and non-scientists partnering in science research,” he said.

“This is an exciting time for all existing and prospective citizen science projects as we move forward with the support of the Queensland Government,” said Gullison.