Citizen Science Association

C*Sci 2023

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The 2023 Citizen Science Association conference, C*Sci 2023, will be held from May 22-26 on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Arizona (Phoenix metro area).

This event convenes conversations across disciplines, roles, and perspectives. Together, we seek and share the traditional and innovative practices that lead to powerful partnerships for discovery, learning, and action. The conference will be interdisciplinary in scope, inviting abstracts for cross-cutting symposia, interactive workshops, engaging talks, and dynamic posters.

Over the past few years, the CSA Conference Team has also piloted innovative ways to convene across boundaries of space and time. The 2023 event offers us the first opportunity since 2019 to connect in person, and the program leans into the unique ways we learn from one another in a shared space. A light hybrid program will also be available to ensure that travel is not a barrier to contributions.

Schedule Overview:


  • Posters: Open-space and organic conversations during a 1.5 hour (approx) session where registrants talk directly with presenters about content shared in (primarily) visual formats. Contributions may be in-person or virtual.
  • Symposia: a 1.5 hour (approx) cohesive session designed to elevate multiple voices and perspectives that advance a topic of value to the field. This session does NOT need to be a series of talks – innovative engagement formats are encouraged. Contributions are in-person only. 
  • Discussions: Sets of short contributions by individuals or teams, designed to share insights (grounded in evidence or experience) that can improve practices in this field. Contributions are in-person only. 

Additional opportunities will be available to propose in-person workshops. Stay tuned as well for details on locally-organized opportunities for field trips and community embedded sessions.


The event will take place on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Arizona. Located in the center of the greater Phoenix metropolitan areaTempe is a college town with a personality all its own. 

Learn more about what to see and do around Tempe here.

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about the event:

The strength of this field is our openness to learning across boundaries, particularly across the many approaches to research by, for, and with members of the public. Whether research partnerships are contributory, collaborative, or co-created, CSA is a place for all perspectives and the language of this event strives to reflect that.

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

If you are interested in shaping how equity is woven into our events, please consider joining the planning team. Contact for more information.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are forthcoming. In the meantime, send questions to