Citizen Science Association

CitSciVirtual FAQ

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For Presenters:

Many of your questions about the content, format, and presentation of your posters or workshops can be found in the following toolkits. Because presenting in a virtual environment is new to many of you, we’ve pulled together detailed information to help you prepare for and share your poster. We recognize that some of you may be experienced curating content for virtual audiences and encourage you to utilize the table of contents below to help you navigate to relevant sections of this documents. 

Please submit questions here about poster or workshop content or how to upload materials in the CSA Connect site that aren’t addressed in the Toolkits. We will be addressing common questions here on the FAQ page, in webinars for presenters (details in toolkits), and in presenter office hours (dates TBD).

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I access CitSciVirtual events and content?
    • You will need to set up an account access to our CSA Connect space. This will involve creating a log in and setting up your account prior to the event, in order to access content and view connection details for live sessions. Look for an email from with details on how to join CSA Connect. 
    • Visit after you join CSA Connect to access CitSciVirtual event spaces.
  • Where can I find an invoice or receipt for my ticket purchase?
    • You should immediately receive at least one email: a receipt from and (if you registered for CitSciVirtual) a thank you email from (Subject line: “Thank you for registering…”). If you do not see the appropriate message(s), check your junk folders, and please be sure to add the relevant addresses to your email client’s safelist. 
  • How do I get back to the CSA Connect site?
  • How can I access CSA Connect as a presenter to upload content?
    • You should have received an email from with the subject “Important: Join links for CitSciVirtual presenters” with details on how to log into the CSA Connect site on April 1, 2021. Please check your spam folder if you cannot locate this email.
    • You can only access the CitSciVirtual group and workshop spaces by following the links in that email. Members already in CSA Connect will also need to click through the links in that email to access their bundles.
    • Once you have joined your workshop as a member, an event organizer will promote you to host so you can edit your space. Click to accept the invitation to become a moderator in your notifications in CSA Connect, or look for an email from  
  • What platform are my live sessions hosted in?
    • All live sessions for workshops and poster collaborative sessions will be hosted in Zoom. Workshop presenters will have access to breakout rooms and other features of zoom and can coordinate with event organizers on how to use them. 
  • Do all of the presenters in my workshop need to register?
    • All workshop presenters must register for the CitSciVirtual event to deliver a workshop. You can recognize additional contributors by name, but presenters can only access the event platform if registered. Registration information is available here including information about special pricing for students, non-professional citizen scientists, and community leaders.
  • Is there a presenter discount?
    • There is no discount for presenters, as our events are designed to facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and many attendees join both to learn and share. We strive to keep costs low for all attendees, with support from sponsors. If costs are prohibitive to your participation, please make inquiries via
  • How long are workshops?
    • Workshops will be a mix of pre-recorded and live content totaling no more than 3 hours. Live sessions will be no more than 2 hours.
  • Will live sessions be held in my timezone?
    • Live sessions of the conference will be held from approximately 12pm ET to 4pm ET to accommodate the widest range of time zones. There will additionally be many opportunities to view pre-recorded content and engage with presenters and attendees in discussion platforms.
  • What will the conference cost?
    • Registration rates are now available (see details here). Registration rates have been set to keep participation affordable and we are actively seeking sponsors to ensure equitable engagement opportunities for all participants.
  • Do I have to register to submit an abstract for posters or workshops?
    • Event registration is not required to propose a poster or workshop. When a poster or workshop is accepted, lead presenters for posters, and all workshop presenters will need to register to take part in the event. Registration rates are being set to keep participation affordable.
  • When is the deadline to submit?
    • The deadline has been extended to January 17th, 2021 at 11:59 Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8). There will be no additional extensions beyond this. All presenters will be notified by February 15th, 2021 of their acceptance.
  • Will there be individual talks?
    • CitSciVirtual will not feature individual talks – rather posters will serve as a way for people to share their work and connect with others interested in similar topics and workshops an opportunity to share expertise and practices with workshop participants. We have an opportunity with CitSciVirtual to accept a wide pool of posters, and we welcome submissions from many sources and perspectives.
  • Do I have to be a CSA  member to submit an abstract for posters or workshops?
    • Anyone can submit a proposal ot CitSciVirtual- you do not need to be a member of CSA. CSA members will get a conference discount, but membership won’t be a requirement to attend. The event will take place in a brand new member space that we will give non-members access to for the month – we hope many people love it enough to stay with us longer term!