Citizen Science Association


CitSciVirtual Keynotes and Plenary Sessions

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Opening Keynote, 3 May 2021

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate & Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Founder & CEO of Revitalization Strategies. Before joining the NWF Mustafa was the Senior Vice President for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. 

Mustafa began working on Social Justice issues at the age of 16, joining the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a student and becoming a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). Over a 24 year career with the agency, he most recently served as Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator working to elevate environmental justice issues and strengthening environmental justice policies, programs, and initiatives.

Throughout his career, Mustafa has worked with more than 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health and economic justice, using a holistic approach to helping them to move from Surviving to Thriving. Frequently seen on TV, you can also tune in to his current live radio show and podcast, Think 100% “The Coolest Show On Climate Change,” which he co-hosts with Grammy Nominated Singer and Actress Antonique Smith & Civil Rights Icon, Rev Lennox Yearwood.

Closing Keynote, 24 May 2021

Sylvia Acevedo

Sylvia Acevedo is, among many things, a Corporate Board Director, Community leader, Author and Rocket-scientist.

Sylvia is the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, a story of her personal journey from the dirt streets of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the top executive tiers executive tiers of Apple, Dell, IBM, Qualcomm and other U.S. technology leaders.  

Most recently she served as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. She also Chaired President Obama’s White House initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics in early childhood leadership, and was the driver of the Administration’s Early Childhood Dual Language Education Policy. She is a devout believer in the power of transformation to change and improve lives, communities, organizations – and the world.

Monday, 10 May 2021 Plenary Presentation

Mapping, analyzing, and communicating citizen science information using field tools, web GIS, dashboards, and story maps

Today’s web-enabled Geographic Information Systems tools, open data portals, and real-time IoT feeds can be powerfully and easily joined with citizen science collection tools and data for meaningful investigations and interactive, shareable, multimedia maps.  Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we explore why and how these tools can be used by educators, students, researchers, and others to analyze data from the local to global scale to build a more resilient, sustainable future.


Monday, 17 May 2021 Plenary Panel

Still on the Frontlines: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Engaging in Citizen Science and Community Science

Full details here.

Friday, 21 May 2021 Plenary Panel – Volunteer Perspectives

This CitSciVirtual/CitSciCon shared Plenary reveals insights from the most critical collaborators in this field. Volunteers share insights on what makes their participation powerful and possible, and helps remind us of the impacts possible when projects can fully engage and support their full knowledge, energies, and passion.

Saturday, 22 May 2021 Plenary Panel – Celebrating Scientific Achievements

Join in this CitSciVirtual/CitSciCon Plenary for a celebration of the the science that is possible through volunteer contributions.