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CitSci2017 Conference Information
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Thursday, 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 LeeAnne 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.
Friday, 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.
Conference Schedule at a Glance
More information on workshops and field trips
You can wait until after you’ve completed your registration to choose which events you’d like to attend. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Planning your Trip
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.
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.
411 Minnesota St., St. Paul, MN
Six block walk to the River Centre. Fitness Center, pool, two restaurants, 24 hour pantry.
From $185 / rates may go up after 22 April 2017
*There are a limited number of federal per diem rate rooms available at the DoubleTree for those attendees with valid federal government IDs. To secure a room at the federal per diem rate of $145.00 plus tax, click the link below (or call) and look for the block CSA – Federal. The group code is 023 – this rate is good ONLY UNTIL Tuesday, May 9th.
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 / rates may go up after 20 April 2017
Holiday Inn St.Paul Downtown
175 W 7th Street, St.Paul, MN
Limited service hotel, 2 blocks from the River Centre.
From $149* / rates may go up after 21 April 2017
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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.
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
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:
A Prairie Home Companion– Show May 20th, 4:45pm- Visit this page for ticket information.
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– May 12-21.