We invite researchers, practitioners, and citizen science community members to prepare proposals for the Citizen Science Association Conference (CitSci2019) to be held March 13-17, 2019 in Raleigh, NC. Keep an eye out for the official call for workshop and symposia proposals in the coming weeks. Some early details are below.
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We encourage workshops focused on topics, activities, and participants that can be uniquely addressed at CitSci2019 and, that contribute to our community’s shared knowledge base, research areas, long-term goals (community sustainability), and ethics.
Plan to share your workshop outcomes with the CSA community both during the conference (lunch sessions, workshop ‘outcomes’ displays) and after the conference (working groups, white papers, etc.).
Workshops should contribute to CSA goals and values, including concepts such as:
• Long term relationships and partnerships
• Informing the broader community
• Welcoming and inclusion, citizenry in science
Potential workshop themes and topics:
To stimulate workshop ideas, you can find some themes that arose from last year’s workshop proposals at the bottom. We will finalize themes once we hear from you on recurring topics of interest. Workshops do NOT need to adhere to the example themes from last year, and proposals outside these themes are most welcome.
All workshop spaces will have tables, chairs, projectors, and screens. If other materials are needed, please describe these needs in your proposal. We will work with you to fulfill as many of these needs as possible.
Workshops may be limited in size based on room availability. Please indicate the maximum and minimum number of participants, time needed for the workshop (1-2 hours, half day, full day), and your preferred day and time.
Got a big idea or topic that pushes forward the field of citizen science? For our symposia, we are looking for cohesive, thematic presentations that weave together several perspectives on one common theme.
Symposia can be 60, 90, or 120 minutes in length. As the organizer, you may utilize the time in any way you feel best meets the needs of your topic. Please discuss in your application how you plan to use the time. Specifically, indicate what kind of structure or presentation style you will adopt. (For example, will you use a storytelling or panel discussion format?)
Examples of symposia from last year:
• Citizen Science Communication – Connecting across disciplines
• Embrace the Bureaucracy: Navigating Institutional Barriers to Citizen Science
• How do we figure out what works for youth in citizen science?
• Evidence-based principles to guide project owners in the co-management of project participants within the SciStarter ecosystem
For more examples, please see the CSA 2017 Schedule.
In the spirit of openness and transparency, we recommend proposals for workshops and symposia include a plan for dissemination after the conference such as a white paper, live polls with a published dataset of results, a Youtube video summary, etc. We encourage proposals that include community members, practitioners, educators, and others who practice citizen science outside of academic institutions.
For the symposium proposal, the organizer should submit an abstract (500 words) and the name and contact information for each of the confirmed participants. Individual presenters in your symposium will not be required to submit an abstract through the submission system. Symposium participants are expected to attend the conference in person.
CitSci2019 Individual presentations:
We have opportunities for individuals to present their work in a variety of formats, from presentations to posters to lightning talks.
Look for the call for abstracts in May!
Examples of workshop and symposia themes from 2017:
• Evaluation — Program design, reflection and refinement, real time/formative program tools, measuring impact beyond the “summative assessment.”
• Partnership and Partnering — What are the defining characteristics for partnerships? How do partners help each other meet needs?
• Equity, Diversity and Inclusion — Why are these core values? How do we notice and reduce the barriers?
• Tools – Program tools and skill-building workshops for those who may be new to the field of citizen science or those looking to expand their knowledge.