Public Elicitation Platform – Ethics Information

What does participation involve?

You will be presented with sets of photos of two animals and asked to pick which one you find more attractive. Please make this selection as quickly as you can. We are interested in your gut reaction/instinct, not a considered response. Don’t think too much! There are no right or wrong answers, this is about preferences only. Each selection should take less than 5 seconds. For a small number of these animals, we’ll also ask you what terms (from a list) best describe the animal. Finally, we’ll ask you a few basic demographic questions but we will not ask for any identifying information. The whole survey should take no longer than 10 mins. Participation is voluntary.

If you do not wish to take part, you do not have to. However, once you have started the survey, your responses cannot be withdrawn because they are non-identifiable and therefore we will not be able to tell which one is yours. Submitting your completed survey is an indication of your consent to participate in the study.

You need to be 18+ years old to participate in this survey.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

We cannot guarantee or promise that you will receive any benefits from this research; however, you may appreciate contributing to knowledge.

What are the risks and disadvantages of taking part?

We do not anticipate any risks from participating in this survey.

What if I withdraw from this research project?

There is no penalty for withdrawing from this project.

What happens when the research project ends?

Results from this survey will be available in 2020. It is anticipated that the results of this research project will be published and/or presented in a variety of forums.

Who is organising and funding the research?

This research is being conducted by researchers from the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub.

Who has reviewed the research project?

All research in Australia involving humans is reviewed by an independent group of people called a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). This research project has been approved by the RMIT University HREC. This project will be carried out according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). This statement has been developed to protect the interests of people who agree to participate in human research studies.

Will the collected data be preserved for possible future use in another project?

Yes, the study’s non-identifiable photo-preference data and its associated social data will be used in similar future projects by either ourselves or other researchers involved in this project.

Further information and who to contact

If you want any further information concerning this project, you can contact the Chief Investigator of the project:

Dr Luis Mata

P: +61 3 9925 9945 E:


Should you have any concerns or questions about this research project, which you do not wish to discuss with the researchers listed in this document, then you may contact:

RMIT University HREC Secretary

Peter Burke

P: +61 3 9925 2251 E:

Research Ethics Co-ordinator

Research Integrity Governance and Systems

RMIT University

GPO Box 2476