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Our biennial conference brings attention to cutting-edge and evidence-based practices from many contexts, and connects people from across those contexts to highlight areas of innovation, share ideas and insights, and forge stronger relationships and practices across the field.


Please join us in May of 2021 for a brand-new event format we are calling CitSciVirtual: Local, Global, Connected

Events throughout the month of May, 2021 will engage practitioners and researchers in the field of citizen science (educators, community leaders, scientists, students, technologists, data managers and more), in sharing the ideas and innovations that make work in this field thrive. Across this broad field, we know that we do science better, together – and through CitSciVirtual we can connect to learn from and inspire each other.

Visit the CitSciVirtual event page for full details.


Along with our partners at Arizona State University, we are eager for the chance to convene in-person again in 2022. Mark your calendars to join us in Phoenix, AZ, May 24-28, 2022. Between now and then, we are committed to providing this community with engaging and inspiring opportunities to connect online  in support of citizen science, and look forward to sharing details over the coming months.

Past Conferences:


Citizen Science Association 2019 Conference Logo CitSci2019

Citizen Science 2019 was held in Raleigh, NC, USA March 13th-17th, 2019. This was our largest conference to date, with 818 registered delegates from 28 countries presenting more than 350 talks, workshops, symposia, and posters representing many different topics and fields. 

 [CitSci2019 conference details]

Citizen Science 2017

Citizen Science Association Conference 2017 Banner

Citizen Science 2017 was held in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA May 17th – 20th, 2017

[CitSci2017 conference details]

Citizen Science 2015

Citizen Science Association 2015 Flyer

Citizen Science 2015 was held in San Jose, California, USA February 11th-12th, 2015. Over 600 people from 25 countries gathered in San Jose for CSA’s inaugural conference.

 [CitSci2015 conference details]

Public Participation in Scientific Research 2012

Public Participation in Scientific Research Conference 2012 Logo

Public Participation in Scientific Research 2012 was held in Portland Oregon, USA, August 4th-5th 2012. This landmark event launched, with overwhelming support, the idea of developing an Association to advance this global and cross-disciplinary community of practice.

 [PPSR2012 conference details]