Citizen Science has been practiced for millennia in Asia, but has been less formalised and has presented a lower profile than in many other parts of the world. Without the formal associations to coordinate action across an area that holds over 60% of the world's population. CitizenScience.Asia was set up to fill these coordination gaps, with a mission to build grassroot connections, sustainable capacity and tangible conversations across Asia. This talk will cover the formation of the organisation from grass roots efforts in disease vector mapping, participation in UN Environment workshops and General Assemblies, to now participating in the Global Citizen Science Partnership. A network-of-networks that aims to advance the use of citizen science to support the monitoring and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr Scott Edmunds is co-founder of Citizenscience.Asia, and based in Hong Kong he is a practitioner of Citizen Science and education projects such as Mosquito Alert and Bauhinia Genome . He has a research background and PhD in cancer genetics, as well as experience in Open Access publishing. Scott works on reproducible research and scientific data publishing projects at BGI Hong Kong as the Editor-in-Chief for GigaScience Press. Being involved in open science, citizen science and crowdsourcing projects, and seeing first-hand the benefits of releasing scientific data quicker and more equitably, he is always keen to promote, aid and share his expertise in this area.