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AUSMAP Training Day (Chipping Norton Lakes, NSW)

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Interested in learning more about microplastics and their impact on us and the environment?

Come and participate in our full-day Practical Training Course which will focus on identifying microplastics and finding effective solutions.

About the Program

It’s hard to solve a problem you can’t see. Until recently microplastic pollution presented scientists with a crisis that was invisible to the naked eye. Now we have AUSMAP - the Australian Microplastic Assessment Project.

AUSMAP is a global first, nation-wide citizen science that engages and educates the community to collect scientifically reliable data on microplastics from shorelines across around the country – from coasts to catchments – to identify litter hotspots and assist in source reduction.

AUSMAP is a powerful management tool that forms the basis to develop and implement regional litter prevention strategies for stakeholders to use, and act on.  

We need to know how much is out there before we figure out what to do with it.  And we need large numbers of Australians to engage with behaviour change so we can stop any more plastic entering our waterways and design effective mitigation strategies.

That’s why we need you in our AUSMAP collaborative citizen science project!

About The Training

Learn about AUSMAP and participate in this full-day training session on the field sampling methodology for collecting, sorting and identifying microplastics.

Field sampling will take place at a beach on Chipping Norton Lakes - a practical accreditation will take place in the afternoon session, an essential part of the official AUSMAP program - on completion, you will become an accredited AUSMAP Leader!


Dr Scott Wilson (Research Director)

Georges River Environmental Education Centre, Chipping Norton, NSW

Morning tea kindly provided by Liverpool City Council ~ BYO sustainable lunch or purchase close by on the day. 

Please, no single-use plastics!


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What is the cost of the Training Day?

A subsidised fee of $85 (inc. GST) per person is charged, which helps cover materials and resources needed to run the training event. A Humanitix booking fee of $2.63 per ticket will be charged in addition to the event fee.

What do I need to bring?

* You will be required to collect water to help sieve, so if you have a pair of waterproof shoes, then please bring (or go barefoot).
* Sun protection, including hat and sunscreen
* Outdoor Wear (be prepared to get your feet wet!)
* Notebook and pen
* Reusable water bottle and coffee cup
* Sustainable lunch

Do you offer refund if my circumstances change?

Due to expenses incurred to prepare for the event, we cannot offer a refund. However, your ticket (minus the Humanitix fee) will be refunded in full should the event be cancelled.

What obligation do I have after I complete the AUSMAP Training Program?

After you register, you will be required to complete the AUSMAP Collaborator Agreement questions that will automatically generated when purchasing your ticket. 

As a registered AUSMAP Collaborator, you need to agree to the following:

1) Where possible, assist in sampling 4 times per year in a proposed location;

2) Follow our AUSMAP methodology, using our field kit and equipment;

3) Send datasheets and microplastic samples to AUSMAP for further analysis; and

4) Promote the AUSMAP program with your local community.

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