Open Day: Sciences
The University of Adelaide gives you the breadth and depth of knowledge to set you on the path to becoming a future scientist.
But the type of scientist you want to be and where you want to work is up to you. Ecology, business, space, palaeontology… Which future will you choose?
Campus tour - North Terrace
As one of the most photographed structures on campus, you will find the Darling building at University’s North Terrace campus - the cultural heart of the city.
The Darling building officially opened in 1922 and was originally home to histology, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, zoology and the medical library.
It’s now home to the Sciences Service Hub for students, and scientists undertaking research in fields including evolution, marine biology, ecology, biodiversity and ancient DNA.
Whether you’re interested in lab work, field work or communicating science - the University of Adelaide gives you the opportunity to be involved in citizen science projects where scientists collaborate with the public to advance scientific research.
Citizen science at the University of Adelaide
Citizen science involves public participation and collaboration in scientific research with the aim to increase scientific knowledge. It’s a great way to harness community skills and passion to fuel the capacity of science to answer our questions about the world and how it works.
Through citizen science, researchers are able to utilise hundreds or thousands of the public and reach geographic scales and locations not usually possible to answer large scale and novel scientific questions.
Often these projects are in the biodiversity space, capturing information about the animals, plants and fungi that exist in our environments, and link to conservation efforts.
Citizen science is also a great opportunity for increasing scientific engagement and education in the general public, using science communication principles.
At the University of Adelaide we run three citizen science projects within the Faculty of Sciences:
The public submits sightings of wild echidnas and collect their scats for molecular research and to aid in echidna conservation. We now have the largest population database and are able to investigate diet, stress, health and reproduction of wild echidnas through the DNA and hormones found in their scats.
Wild Orchid Watch is a national citizen science project designed to collect, record and share scientific information about Australian native orchids, the world's most diverse terrestrial orchid flora, but also a threatened species.
Endangered southern brown bandicoots use impenetrable blackberry thickets if there’s no suitable native vegetation. iBandi aims to better protect these curious creatures by working with the community to discover more habitat suitable for them to live.
What can I study?
Any science degree at the University of Adelaide could be your step toward involvement in citizen science.
There’s scientific and non-scientific areas in each project; here are some examples of the types of degrees you can study to get involved.
Name Undergraduate degree Honours and research degrees Isabella Wilson Double Degree in Bachelor of Science and Arts
Majors: Genetics, microbiology, english
Honours in Molecular and Biomedical Science Ella West Bachelor of Animal Science, and
Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation Biology
Honours in Ecology and Environmental Science Mollie Hohmann Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation Biology
including winter school in science communication
Professional Honours in Science Communication Tahlia Perry Bachelor of Science
Majors: Zoology, genetics
Honours in Ecology and Environmental Science
PhD in molecular and biomedical science
Citizen science, it's everywhere
There are thousands of citizen science projects on all kinds of cool things. If this interests you then you should head to Atlas of Living Australia or Zooniverse to browse more fun projects or check out the Australian Citizen Science Association for different ways to get involved.