C*Sci 2022


Join CSA’s first-ever hybrid virtual/regional conference, May 23-26, 2022!

This now-annual event connects researchers, practitioners, community members, and others to share research, experiences, ideas, and innovations. Regional events will complement a core central program, providing opportunities to connect with big ideas online and also build or strengthen connections close to home.

Why C*Sci?

The strength of this field is our openness to learning across boundaries, particularly across the many approaches to research by, for, and with members of the public. Whether contributory, collaborative, or co-created, whether called community science, crowdsourcing, or citizen science (or efforts that don’t start with c!), CSA is a place for all perspectives and we want the language of this event to reflect that.

Why Connected?

Nobody should have to do this work alone – this is the place to meet new collaborators, gain new skills, and expand your perspectives for the most meaningful and impactful research. We break down boundaries to both challenge and inspire each other in this work. This is a different kind of event, welcoming contributors from all roles and perspectives in this field. Insights from all improve this field – get connected!


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C*Sci 2022 Program Overview:

A centerpiece of the conference will be online posters, presented in a way that encourages interactions among authors and across the community. It is the goal of the conference organizers to encourage poster submissions from all parts of the highly diverse citizen science community.  Accordingly, CSA seeks contributions that do not necessarily fit the mold of posters at academic gatherings. 

The call for posters is open now through Jan 31, February 15, 2022. Find details and submission form here.

The core program will feature daily symposia amplifying three important themes that emerged from CitSci Virtual 2021:

  • Working Across Boundaries
  • Equity and Inclusion in C*Sciences
  • The Future of C*Sciences

These themes are intentionally broad (more descriptive details here). Symposia are intended to provide thought-provoking and innovative perspectives to spark meaningful conversations and deep reflections about your own practice, research, or programs. Panel-style sessions will be followed by topical engaged sessions (workshops, discussions, or collaborations) to turn inspiration into action.

Speaker and leaders for these sessions, as well as a fourth symposium topic, will be identified from your input and insights.

Help identify the speakers, innovators, and skills-builders you want to hear from:

Keynotes:

Keynote addresses will bring attention to cross cutting topics to inspire and unite this community. Follow-up discussion sessions will provide attendees with an opportunity to share ways that those big ideas play out in their work.

Regional Events:

Regional events will complement this central program and provide opportunities for individuals in a geographic region to build and strengthen connections close to home. Regional leaders can choose from a menu of event types that complement and amplify the core program, with options designed to meet the capacity of regional organizers. We also plan to make connections between organizations planning events in a common region throughout the planning process. 

Learn about our vision for easy-to-implement programming and how you can get involved with planning an event for your region.


Help us spread the word about the conference! Find an easy to share email template for posting on relevant listservs or emails to your networks. 


Equity Statement:

CSA is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive virtual conference and celebrating the diverse voices in our space. CSA strives to ensure that all our members and participants feel welcome and comfortable sharing their insights and contributions with the larger citizen science community, and that all our participants can meaningfully engage in our events. 

If you are interested in shaping how equity is woven into our 2022 event, please consider joining the planning team. Contact conference_cochair@citizenscience.org for more information.

Sponsorship:

This event offers high-level opportunities to connect with influencers, engage with thought leaders, and the chance to reach hundreds of thousands of people taking part in projects around the globe. Learn more here.

Interested in a sponsorship or have ideas for a potential sponsor? We aim to create custom opportunities for each sponsor, with many options for impact, accessibility and visibility. Please email jennifer@citizenscience.org if you have any interest or any leads – if you make a sponsor suggestion, we will not reach out without speaking with you first.