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Create a home-base for your collaborative endeavors at CitSci2019

Photo credit Marilú López Fretts 2017

Showcase your materials, resources, and tools through an exhibit booth at the 2019 Citizen Science Association Conference. This is a great opportunity for affinity groups to showcase the efforts of collaborative work across a topical area or geographic region. Our table-style exhibits offer a great “home-base” to talk with conference attendees one-on-one about what you offer, how your organizations serve the field, and ways you can build future connections.

Exhibit booth fees start at $500 and the cost can be split among multiple organizations. Let us know you’re interested by completing a short form here. The deadline to reserve an exhibit booth is March 1st.

Not sure if a booth is for you? Hear below from our friends in Maine who reserved an exhibit booth at CitSci2019 as a landing pad for a group of organizations in their state.

Why did you decide a host a booth?

Sarah Kirn*: Linda Silka from the University of Maine Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions first observed how many Mainers and northern New Englanders were going to be at the conference and suggested we have some sort of gathering. I thought this was a great idea (despite all this group has in common, we don’t often get together in Maine!), and was concerned about actually making a meeting happen given how full the conference schedule is… I then remembered that the water quality community has had a shared table at CSA conferences that they use as a home base and common outreach venue, so I suggested the table.  Hannah and the Schoodic Institute stepped forward to make it happen – they deserve big thanks for their leadership!

So it was a true group effort.

What kinds of projects do you hope to showcase?

SK: Any citizen science project or related work that any Maine participants want to share with each other or with the conference attendees!

Which Maine organizations are we likely to see at your booth?

SK: Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Maine Sea Grant, New Hampshire Sea Grant, University of Maine’s Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, and Schoodic Institute

Who do you expect will stop by your booth? What do you hope they will take away?

SK:I hope our table attracts people who are stopping by to say hello to a friend or current colleague, and people curious to learn more about what is happening in Maine–including other people from Maine and New Hampshire!

Photo credit Marilú López Fretts 2017

Exhibit booths are prominently located in the promenade between presentation rooms, and give you great visibility and a home-base for your organizations to make connections throughout the event. Booths are available Thursday through Saturday and have no requirements for staffing. Fees include an rectangular table and two chairs; with additional costs, arrangements can be made for electricity and AV support. Basic wireless is available throughout the convention center for free; if high-speed internet is required, it can be secured for added costs.

Sound like this is for you? Sign up here or contact with any questions.

*Sarah Kirn is the Program Manager, Public Participation in Science Initiative, with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and a member of the Citizen Science Association Board of Directors.

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