News: The First Ever World BioQuest - Over 9000 Observations in 72 Hours!
Australians across the country are getting ready to participate in what’s likely to be Australia’s largest bioblitz ever. The event, which is called the Great Aussie BioQuest, has become an annual part of National Science Week, which runs from the 11th to 19th of August.
Games are not normally on the agenda when the cream of Australia's science community come together each year to celebrate their achievements. This year, however, the innovative nature mapping game, ‘QuestaGame,’ will be among finalists for the nation’s top science prizes. The winners of the 2018 Australia Museum Eureka Prizes will be announced at an awards dinner at Sydney Town Hall on the 29th August.
Some people like catching hundreds of different Pokemon. Others prefer the challenge of spotting thousands of beautiful birds. But these endeavours have got nothing on the latest craze - ‘Beetling’. How many of the world’s 400,000 beetle species can you collect?!
High in the Himalayan city of Thimpu, students of the Royal University of Bhutan are busy practicing for a competition that will pit them against their counterparts at universities around the world - from the United States to Australia to the Philippines. But this is no ordinary challenge. University teams will be getting outdoors to discover, learn about, map and ultimately help protect life on Earth.
QuestaGame is inviting all Australians to discover the life of our nation’s iconic trees on 23 March. Gamers of all ages will be competing for prizes on National Eucalypt Day as they either submit sightings of wild Eucalypts, or submit sightings of the variety life thriving in, on, or around these majestic trees.
When Sydney resident Jonathan Pugh started playing a gaming app on his mobile phone, he’d never have guessed it could potentially save Australia tens of millions of dollars in future biosecurity costs.
Birders, gamers, kids and scientists are joining forces on a ‘Pokemon Go’ style real-life adventure in nature. From 9th-25th March, the Feathered Frenzy bioQuest will give players and ‘bio-experts’ a chance to win prizes. The competition is free everyone, everywhere.
Gamers of all ages will be on the lookout for interesting flies, ants, bees and wasps as they compete for prizes and support scientific research. The Buzzing Bonanza BioQuest, a ‘Pokemon Go’ style real-life adventure, will see competitors submit sightings using their mobile phones. The competition runs from 9th-25th February and is open to anyone, anywhere.
In what may be a world first, scientists are teaming up with gamers to map and discover butterflies and moths. From 5-21 January, gamers of all ages will be using their mobile phones to compete for prizes as they find and photograph some of nature’s most fascinating creatures - a group of insect known as Lepidoptera.
Could playing a game on your mobile phone help protect life on earth? The First Ever World BioQuest, will see people of all ages, in 14 different countries, get outdoors and use their mobile phones to find and photograph as many species of life as they can.