Citizen Science Association

CitSciVirtual 2021

Return to Conferences

Please join us for a brand-new event format:

With ideas from across this community, we are taking the best elements of conferencing and mixing them with the unique opportunities of going online. We are excited this year not just to connect, but to engage. 

Meet and exchange ideas with others advancing work in this field: educators, community leaders, scientists, students, technologists, data managers, and more. Across this broad field, we know that we do science better, together.

This is the event that people in this field call home — now coming to you in your home.

Registration details available here.

Have questions? Click here for answers!

Event Overview

All events have asynchronous components – participation in live sessions isn’t necessary for event engagement!

*******Click here to view a detailed schedule that you can add to your own calendar (and time zone!)******

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Keynotes and Plenary Presentations

Plenary sessions will take place on Mondays, and also on Friday and Saturday (21st and 22nd). Watch this page for emerging details on topics.

Opening Keynote:

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali

The Power of Policy, Science, Race, and Community

3 May, 12-2 US Eastern

Dr. Mustafa Ali’s website

Closing Keynote:

Sylvia Acevedo

Science Confidence and Competence: Collaborations for Impact at Scale

24 May, 12-2 US Eastern

Sylvia Acavedo’s website

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Posters and Workshops

Engage with all posters (over 250!) on your own time through rich options for asynchronous conversations with presenters. Live sessions will also be offered throughout the month of May. Browse a searchable poster file (coming soon – see keywords in the illustration).

Every registrant gains free access to as many as 12 workshops, with over 60 to choose from. Workshops have rich asynchronous content for engagement at any hour, as well as live sessions (recordings will be made available). Explore workshop offerings.

Presenters: have questions? Check out this list of Frequently Asked Questions and links to resource guides and demos.

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Special Events

Brown bags | Open space | conversations | Speed networking | Trivia | Student mixer | Stay tuned for more ways to connect and engage!


In partnership with SciStarter and NASA, we are launching a new event called CitSciCon, celebrating the volunteer experience in contributions to science. May 21-22, More details coming soon.

Image: participants at CitSci2019. Photo by Marilu Lopez Fretts.

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Valuing Full Community Engagement

This year has underscored for everyone that advancing equitable citizen science is a shared responsibility and is relevant to all of our work. As a commitment to advancing equity in this field, we are encouraging all presenters to reflect on ways their work confronts issues such as diversity, accessibility, inclusion, or other anti-bias and anti-racist practices in science.

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

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Sponsors, Supporters, and Partners

We are actively seeking sponsors to ensure equitable engagement opportunities for all participants.

We have a growing list of stellar event supporters, all interested in 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. Join them! We create custom opportunities for each sponsor, with many options for impact, accessibility and visibility. If you are interested in a sponsorship or have ideas for a potential sponsor, please email

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