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Welcome to the CSA Ethics Working Group


The CSA Ethics Working Group fosters discourse and develops resources to support integrity, responsibility, and ethics in the conduct of citizen science research and practice.


The main priority of CSA Ethics Working Group (a.k.a. CSA Ethics) is to identify and classify specific topics and respective resources for the following ethics themes:

🤝 Community Partnership Ethics [»]

🍃 Biodiversity & Environmental Ethics [»]

⚖️ Social Justice Ethics [»]

📰 Publication Ethics [»]

👤 Human Subject Ethics [»]

📊 Data Ethics [»]

CSA Ethics serves both as a community to facilitate task forces to address particular topics, and as a resources portal. CSA Ethics’ toolbox includes training, open-licensed consent forms. The community shares best practices for involving the general public in the ethical design and review of research studies and facilities and helps citizen scientists and practitioners mobilize around the ethical risks and opportunities that can arise from the continued growth of citizen science. 

The CSA Ethics group is dynamic. It evolves as the field of ethics itself grows. We may not be able to answer all your questions but be assured that we will work at finding an expert who can.


  1. Chart the landscape of ethical issues across the spectrum of citizen science.
  2. Raise awareness among the greater research community about unique ethical challenges in citizen science and the need for training in ethics.
  3. Increase the capacity of CSA to provide resources and training in ethics to researchers, citizen science leaders, and citizen scientists.
  4. Develop mechanisms for CSA to support research ethics review.

Get Involved

CSA Ethics is a community of citizen science and ethics experts and practitioners who share ideas, raise issues and work together at solutions. Already a member? Goto 💬 CSA Connect Ethics Group » | Not a member yet? Ask to join the group

Do you have feedback, questions, or suggestions? You can either ask them directly in the CSA Connect Ethics’ Group or contact us directly (✉ ethics_group<at> 

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