Citizen Science Association


C*Sci 2023 Program

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Schedule Overview:

Preliminary Program Elements

The following list of symposia, grouped by strand, is still in development.

Click on each strand to expand the list. Symposia marked with an asterisk (*) are those open to considering additional involvement from contributed ideas (see the open call for individual presentations).

“I feel less powerless”: Citizen Science as a Lever for Disrupting Environmental Injustice in K-12
Brittney Beck (California State University, Bakersfield); Jesus Esquibel (California State University, Bakersfield); Rachel Harless (California State University, Bakersfield)
Format: Ignite session
Priority Practices: Practices for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Designing for Action and Impact
Kewords: Environmental Justice; K-12 Education; Storytelling
Summary: This session will share the results of a year-long environmental justice citizen science fellowship for high school students in the San Joaquin Valley of California. The students’ audio, video, and photographic stories of place offer insight into citizen science opportunities and needs in K-12 ed.

Evaluation to Action Symposium*
Heather Fischer (Oregon State University); Erin Posthumus (USA National Phenology Network); Cat Davis (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science ); Alison Cawood (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC))
Format: Panelist talks and discussion
Priority Practices: Designing for Action and Impact
Kewords: Evaluation; Project Improvement; Data Sharing;
Summary: An important piece of the evaluation process is to properly analyze and disseminate evaluation findings so they can be used to inform project development and refinement. This session will ask a panel to share their experiences with using evaluation results to improve their projects.

 

What transformation is needed for research institutes to support citizen science?*
8Muki Haklay (University College London); Claudia Iasilo (APRE); additional contributors TBD
Format: Fishbowl event
Priority Practices: Strategies for Successful Science, Designing for Action and Impact, Practices for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Kewords: Institutional adoption; transformation; ethics; universities;
Summary: Integrating citizen and community science within research institutions and universities is a process full of challenges and opportunities. The symposium, from the EU-funded TIME4CS project, explores lessons learned from a range of institutions and the symposium participants’ experiences.

 

A federal, state, and community partner convene at a cafe: Facilitating data use strategies*
Heather Drumm (Environmental Protection Agency); Julie Vastine (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM)); Meghan Smart (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality: Arizona Water Watch Program); Shannon Dosemagen (Open Environmental Data Project); Colin Geisenhoffer (Environmental Protection Agency); Wyn Zenni (Environmental Protection Agency)
Format: Panelist talks and discussion
Priority Practices: Designing for Action and Impact, Strategies for Successful Science, Integrity in Data Ethics
Kewords: Data use and sharing, community engagement, participatory science, data pathways
Summary: This session will explore case studies from across the country that examine the data management pathways that facilitate participatory science data use beyond the original project scope. Participants will engage best practices, lessons learned, and concrete tools that they can use in their programs.

 

Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility in Large-scale Projects: Successes, failures, and not-yets
Danielle Lin Hunter (North Carolina State University); Chris Hawn (North Carolina Environmental Justice Network); Deja Perkins (North Carolina State University); Lila Higgins (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County); Caren Cooper (North Carolina State University)
Format: Panelist talks and discussion
Priority Practices: Practices for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Designing for action and impact; Strategies for successful science
Kewords: Inclusion; Diversity; Equity; Accessibility; Large-scale
Summary: Large-scale participatory science projects often struggle to engage diverse participants. We highlight projects that have made attempts to address issues related inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and present a novel framework for addressing these issues in participatory science.

Empowering Volunteers: an Exploration of Promising Practices, Models, and Motivations*
Sarah Kirn (Gulf of Maine Research Institute); Marc Kuchner (NASA); Carolynne Hultquist (University of Canterbury)
Format: Fishbowl event
Priority Practices: Strategies for Successful Science, Designing for Action and Impact, Practices for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Kewords: scientific agency; participant leadership; participant learning; peer learning
Summary: Many projects aspire to empower volunteers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to use science to address their own questions and/or community priorities. This symposium will explore promising strategies for supporting the evolution of interested individuals from participant to leader.

 

What Happens to the Data? Investigating Data Feedback Loops
Todd Harwell (Center for Community and Citizen Science, UC Davis); Ryan Meyer (Center for Community and Citizen Science, UC Davis); Heidi Ballard (Center for Community and Citizen Science, UC Davis); Rebecca Johnson (California Academy of Sciences)
Format: Short Talks & Gallery Walk Interactive Session
Priority Practices: Strategies for Successful Science, Designing for Action and Impact, Building Relationships and Community Trust
Kewords: Data; Feedback; Communication; Research; Practice; Participants; Program Design
Summary: What do program leaders, participants, scientists, and managers understand and care about with respect to their data, and why does it matter? Building off examples of data feedback loops in California marine/coastal c*sci programs, this session will open larger conversations about our understanding of the impacts of data feedback loops across research & practice.

Co-developing a research agenda for the next decade across the fields of citizen & community science
Veronica Del Bianco (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Lab – Co-chair R&E Working Group Co-chair); Nahima “Ema” Ahmed (Science Friday, Co-Chair of R&E Working Group); Tina Phillips (Cornell Lab of Ornithology); Haley Smith (NC State University); Laura Trouille (Adler Planetarium and Zooniverse Co-PI)
Format: Fishbowl event
Priority Practices: Strategies for Successful Science, Designing for Action and Impact
Kewords: Research; evaluation; outcomes; impact
Summary: CSA’s first 10-year strategic plan runs until 2023. Be part of the development of a research agenda to strategically guide the field for the next decade. This symposium is part of a year-long project of the Research & Evaluation working group to produce an inclusive and cohesive research agenda.

 

SPECIAL SERIES:

This series of symposia invites the contribution of individual presentations to be considered for linked poster sessions and organized talks.

Sharing successes and challenges in producing research with C*Science methodology: 4 case studies in Earth and Space Sciences
Format: Panelist talks and discussion
Priority Practices: Strategies for scientific success
Summary: In this session, we will hear from researchers who have successfully used C*Science methods in earth or space science to generate data that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. They will share challenges with the approach and how it has benefited their research.

Sharing successes and challenges in producing research with C*Science methodology: 4 case studies in Biology, Biomedical and Health Science
Format: Panelist talks and discussion
Priority Practices: Strategies for scientific success
Summary: In this session, we will hear from researchers who have successfully used C*Science methods in biological or medical sciences to generate data that have been published in peer-reviewed journals or applied directly to improve health outcomes. They will share challenges with the approach and how it has benefited their research.

Sharing successes and challenges in producing research with C*Science methodology: 4 case studies in Ecology and Environmental Science
Format: Panelist talks and discussion
Priority Practices: Strategies for scientific success
Summary: In this session, we will hear from researchers who have successfully used C*Science methods in ecology to generate data that have been published in peer-reviewed journals or applied directly to management activities. They will share challenges with the approach and how it has benefited their research.

Who is the Community in Community Science? Exploring Three Short Case Studies*
Lila Higgins (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County); Maru Garcia (Artist); Jordan Salcido (Prospering Backyards); Miguel Ordenana (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County); Sam Tayag (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County); Alison Young (California Academy of Sciences); Rebecca Johnson (California Academy of Sciences); Olivia Van Damme (ovandamme@calacademy.org)
Format: 3 short story-based lighting talks with brief Q&A session, followed by facilitator led discussions at tables and then a share out, with a final wrap-up imaginative futures activity.
Priority Practices: Building Relationships and Community Trust
Kewords: Community Engagement; Community; Environmental Justice; Equitable Partnerships;
Summary: Learn from 3 co-created or community-led projects ranging between environmental justice and urban wildlife monitoring that exemplify inclusive collaboration, followed by group discussions on moving projects to equitable relationships. Discussion results will be distributed in a resource document.

Exploring the Roles of Facilitator Organizations in Citizen and Community Science
Haley E. Smith (NC State University); Bradley Allf (NC State University); Dani Lin Hunter (Crowd the Tap, NC State University); Laura Trouille (Zooniverse, Adler Planetarium); Caroline Nickerson (SciStarter); Heather D. Vance-Chalcraft (East Carolina University); Lisa Lewis (Florence Community Library)
Format: Panelist talks and discussion
Priority Practices: Strategies for Successful Science, Designing for Action and Impact, Practices for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Building Relationships and Community Trust
Kewords: facilitators; education; libraries; museums; equitable partnerships; learning
Summary: C*science participants often join projects through third parties such as museums, schools, or employers. In this symposium, representatives from several facilitator organizations will discuss how these groups can foster diverse participation and learning, and the challenges to meeting these goals.

Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP)
Dilek Fraisl (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)); Dilek Fraisl (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria); Martin Brocklehurst (Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP), UK); Libby Hepburn (Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP), Australia); Austin Mast (Citizen Science Association (CSA), USA)
Format: A combination of lightning talks and a fishbowl conversation
Priority Practices: Building Relationships and Community Trust; Designing for Action and Impact
Kewords: Networks; Partnerships; Collaborations; Sustainable Development
Summary: Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP) aims to advance citizen science for a sustainable world. In this session, we will share the ambition and objectives of the CSGP and gather and connect ideas to ensure an equitable and inclusive partnership, where diverse voices and perspectives count.

Placed-Based Citizen Science Education: Telling Your Story
Brittney Beck (California State University, Bakersfield); Kelly Albus (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas Water Resources Institute); Mike Jabot (SUNY Fredonia); Lucas Hall (California State University, Bakersfield)
Format: Storytelling
Priority Practices: Designing for Action and Impact, Building Relationships and Community Trust
Kewords: Place-Based Education; Design Thinking; Community Partnerships; Humanizing
Summary: This session will first share five case stories that leverage citizen science to help connect students to each other and to the places they live. Design thinking will then help participants translate their learnings into case stories about their own places, projects, and communities.

Libraries as Community Hubs for C*Science: Opportunities and Challenges from a Library Perspective
Darlene Cavalier (Arizona State University and SciStarter); Nicole Colston (Oklahoma State University); Jolene Bradley (Maricopa County Library District); John Bramble (Network of the National Library of Medicine); Vivienne Byrd (Los Angelos Public Library); Tracey Charlie (Acoma Pueblo Library); Kirsten Crowhurst (NNLM All of Us Program Center (NAPC), University of Pittsburgh); Megan Jehn (Megan.Jehn@asu.edu); Lisa Lewis (AZ State Library Association); Cynthia Randall (Cornerstones of Science); Robin Salthouse (retired librarian; program advisor); Theresa Schwerin (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)); Rachael Van Schoik (Science Action Club, California Academy of Sciences)
Format: Fishbowl event
Priority Practices: Designing for Action and Impact, Practices for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Building Relationships and Community Trust
Kewords: Libraries; Equity; Access; Community of Practice; Impact; Infrastructure; Tools
Summary: The symposium unites librarians (trusted conduits to diverse community relationships) and the C* Sci Assoc network to catalyze new connections and discussions towards a Community of Practice to share best practices for cross-cutting approaches that broaden and deepen engagement through libraries.