CSA2017 Conference Information

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Univeristy of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural HistoryScience Museum of Minnesota

Presentation Themes

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Schedule at a Glance

Important Dates

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Conference Registration

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Apply for a Scholarship    – Deadline 20 February 2017

PLEASE NOTE: All presenters with an accepted talk or symposium must be registered by March 1st, or your talk will be reassigned as a poster in order to make space to accept a registered delegate on the Talk Waitlist. If you need leniency with this policy (for example you’ve applied for a scholarship, or will miss the deadline for administrative reasons, or just forgot and did it on March 2nd), please contact Rhiannon Crain at We need to know your plans in order to finalize the program.

Full registration includes: workshop admittance up to capacity for each session, and except where additional fee is noted. Evening receptions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, continental breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, entry into all technical sessions.
Cancellation Policy- up to 5/10, full refund less a $50 administrative fee. After 5/10, no refunds, but substitutions will be allowed.
Regardless of your CSA membership status, log in here to manage your registration details.


You don’t want to miss these events:


flint-folks-posteredThursday, May 18th
Dr. Marc Edwards is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering in The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. With the support of an NSF grant, and most importantly, engaged citizens, Edwards was instrumental in demonstrating Flint, MI dangerously contaminated water. Citizen LeAnne Walters, a Flint citizen and mother of four, and member of Coalition for Clean Water, will join Edwards to discuss how they worked together to bring Flint’s water crisis to national, and international, attention.



ellen-posterizedFriday, May 19th
Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is co-founder and Executive Director of Genspace, a community biolab. She is passionate about science literacy in both student and adult populations, particularly in molecular and synthetic biology. In 2011 she initiated Genspace’s award-winning curriculum of informal science education for adults in biotechnology and synthetic biology. Ellen has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from New York University, spent many years in the biotechnology industry, and is currently adjunct faculty at New York Medical College, the School of Visual Arts, and a Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union. She is @FeyScientist on Twitter.

Closing Reception

Resized Flickr Photo by steve p2008 |CC by PDM 1.0

A Night in the Cloud -open to the public

This Friday evening event in the Saint Paul RiverCentre Ballroom will connect citizen science project leaders with each other and with locals ready to get excited about citizen science. Have a drink, and jump into a riveting round of “speed dating.” Presenters will have two minutes each round to share their project–up close and personal–with educators, librarians, and others wondering how to get started with citizen science – help guarantee that they will walk away with 5 projects they are itching to join, get students involved in, or tell their mom about! Conference posters will remain up for this event to facilitate sharing and networking–including with potential project funders. We will end the evening with presentation of clips from Crowd and the Cloud, a 4-part public television series exploring the new frontier of citizen science in the age of mobile technology. If there are no clouds we may even do some stargazing for science!

Conference Schedule at a Glance

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More information on workshops and field trips
FULL SCHEDULE –Coming soon– April 2017


Planning your Trip

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The conference will primarily take place at the St. Paul RiverCentre, a gorgeous convention center overlooking the Mississippi River. The Science Museum of Minnesota, across the street from the convention center, will host an opening reception (watch-out, science museum folk know how to throw a GREAT party) as well as a Saturday afternoon public citizen science festival.

Image courtesy of Visit Saint Paul.
Modified Flickr photo by Mount Rainier National Park | CC BY 2.0


Conference Hotels

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at three hotels within walking distance of the conference venue. Use the links below to get the special conference rate at each hotel. Booking one of these hotels (vs. using other booking sites or lodging options) helps the Citizen Science Association meet the contractual commitments that allowed us to hold this year’s event in St. Paul (backstory here). Please show your support for the CSA by booking using the links below.


Intercontinental St.Paul Riverfront
11 Kellogg Blvd E., St.Paul, MN
Full Service hotel with restaurant, coffee café with takeout items, full service business center, fitness center; 3 blocks from the River Centre; adjacent to the river walk.
From $189 / reserve by 20 April 2017
Book now for reduced conference rates



Holiday Inn St.Paul Downtown
175 W 7th Street, St.Paul, MN
Limited service hotel, 2 blocks from the River Centre.
From $149
Book now for reduced conference rates


411 Minnesota St., St. Paul, MN
Six block walk to the River Centre. Fitness Center, pool, two restaurants, 24 hour pantry.
From $185 / reserve by 22 April 2017
Book now for reduced conference rates


Getting to the Conference

Book your flight into the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) airport. MetroTransit provides public transportation through both Light Rail Transit and public bus service. The route 54 bus offers service between MSP and the RiverCentre area of St. Paul. There are also Van and Shuttle Services from the Airport and Taxi Services from the Airport

If arriving by car, the St. Paul RiverCentre offers driving directions and parking information.

To RiverCentre/Xcel Center/Science Center:
From the Airport, use the Metro Transit City Bus Service located outside Terminal 1 – Lindbergh. Take Route 54 to 5th St and Washington. Fare varies depending on day/time. Approximately $1.75.

To Intercontinental:
From the Airport, use the Metro Transit City Bus Service located outside Terminal 1 – Lindbergh. Take Route 54 to 5th St and Wabasha St. Walk short distance to Intercontinental. Fare varies depending on day/time. Approximately $1.75.
Intercontinental Website Travel Information

To Holiday Inn:
From the Airport, use the Metro Transit City Bus Service located outside Terminal 1 – Lindbergh. Take Route 54 to 222 7th ST W. Walk short distance to Holiday Inn. Fare varies depending on day/time. Approximately $1.75.
Holiday Inn Website Travel Information

To Doubletree:
From the Airport, use the Metro Transit City Bus Service located outside Terminal 1 – Lindbergh. Take Route 54 to 5th St and Minnesota St. Walk short distance to Doubletree. Fare varies depending on day/time. Approximately $1.75.
Doubletree Website Travel Information


Other Great Things to Do in the Twin Cities that week in May:

Resized Flickr photo by David Wallin | CC BY 2.0

A Prairie Home Companion– Schedule TBD- bookmark this page for ticket information.
Children’s Museum
Minneapolis Institute of Art – There will be an exhibition considering citizen science in the 18th century; it will draw analogies between historic scientific practices and citizen science today.
Como Park Zoo and Conservancy
Caponi Art Park
Glacial potholes at Interstate Park
Twin Cities Urban Birding Festival– exact dates TBD