"Citizen science can play its part in increasing community awareness of environmental problems" – Bob Temple, EPA citizen scientist.
What is citizen science?
Citizen science involves volunteers from the community being part of scientific projects. This involvement can include the co-design of projects, data collection and the interpretation of data.
Our Citizen Science program is relatively new for EPA Victoria. EPA’s first pilot project began in the Latrobe Valley in August 2014 and was co-designed with members of the local community.
Citizen science creates a two-way working relationship between EPA and the Victorian community and promotes a shared understanding of important environmental issues. This understanding is achieved by empowering citizens to be involved in scientific projects that were traditionally limited to trained scientists.
Aims of EPA’s citizen science projects
The aims of EPA’s current and future citizen science projects are to:
- engage the community in EPA’s scientific work that underpins our decision making
- help shape regulatory action
- improve the monitoring and assessment of Victoria’s environment to strive for a healthy environment for all Victorians.
Meet our citizen scientists
Established in 2014, EPA's Citizen Science program has engaged with over 100 citizen scientists across a range of projects. Our citizen scientists provide EPA and the Victorian community with important scientific information.
Meet Bob, one of EPA's citizen scientists.
For more information on current or future citizen science opportunities, please email the Citizen Science Program Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org