Law and Policy Working Group: Conversations and Webinars


Monthly conversations

The Law and Policy Working Group holds monthly conference calls featuring guest speakers and reports on recent developments relating to the law of citizen science. To join the mailing list for information on these calls, please sign up for the Working Group using the form below. Unless otherwise indicated, calls will be at noon Eastern time (US).

The Working Group is hosting a two-part workshop on “Effective Communication With Public Officials” as part of the 2021 CitSciVirtual conference. For more information and to register, go HERE.

Date: Topic:
April 15, 2021Citizen science in state, tribal and local environmental agencies. (Jay Benforado, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development). For background information see https://www.eli.org/news/new-reports-offer-best-practices-citizen-science-programs.
May 13, 2021 Communicating effectively with government agencies and officials. (Speakers to be announced.) This presentation complements the working group’s workshop at the CSA’s 2021 virtual conference.
June 10, 2021Topic TBD

Past calls have discussed the following topics:

March 11, 2021The NOAA Citizen Science Strategy. (John McLaughlin and Laura Oremland, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
February 11, 2021Workgroup planning for 2021.
January 21, 2021Using Citizen Science Data in Court. (Lee Paddock, George Washington University Law School; Brent Walls, Potomac Riverkeeper; Amy Johnson, Attorney, Portland, OR; Anna Berti Suman, Tilburg Institute)
November 12, 2020The Aarhus Convention and Citizen Science (Muki Haklay and Anna Berti Suman). The presentation can be seen here.
October 8, 2020European Commission’s “Best Practices in Citizen Science for Environmental Monitoring” (Sven Schade, Joint Research Centre). More information can be found here.
September 10, 2020Legal Issues Submitted to the “Ask a Legal Question” Portal (Shaun Goho, Harvard Law School)
July 9, 2020Community-led Science for Impact (Liz Barry, Public Lab, moderator)
June 11, 2020Citizen Science and the First Amendment (Shaun Goho, Harvard Law School, moderator)

Webinar Series

We also have a webinar series. You can register for a webinar here, beginning two weeks in advance. All webinars are at noon, Eastern time (US), unless indicated otherwise.

More to come!

Past webinars can be found at the links shown below.

September 27, 2019Introducing the Law and Policy Working Group and its New Legal Question Submission Tool
November 22, 2019Approaching Informed Consent in Citizen Science: Legal and Ethical Issues
January 24, 2020Balancing Citizen Science Data Collection Needs and Privacy Protections in the US and European Union
February 28, 2020Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing: reflections from Policy Perspective Special Issue in CS:TP
April 3, 2020Responding to Covid-19 with Open Data, Open Science, and Open Innovation
April 24, 2020Citizen Science and Serious Games Tackle Covid-19
May 28, 2020Citizen Science, Community Engagement, and the UN SDGs
December 3, 2020The Citizen Science Global Partnership (Martin Brocklehurst and Libby Hepburn)