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Biodiversity Strand Engages Collaborative Conversations for Impact at All Scales

Global leaders and project innovators are convening online this June (2024) to advance opportunities and strategies for collective mobilization of participatory sciences (e.g., citizen science, community science, crowdsourcing) to address biodiversity knowledge and decision making.

Add your perspectives, refine your strategies, learn about inspiring work, and contribute to this movement by joining this special strand at CAPS 2024*.

*Conference for Advancing Participatory Sciences (CAPS) – a new name for the conference series promoting practices for impactful citizen science, community science, and other efforts where research engages knowledge from beyond the bounds of scientific institutions.

Participatory sciences can mobilize both locally and globally relevant biodiversity knowledge across boundaries and at unprecedented scale. These efforts have proven–but underutilized–potential to (among other things) address spatial and temporal gaps in datasets; engage multiple ways of knowing; inform multilateral environmental agreements; and inspire action and change based on improved understandings of the systems that sustain us.

Woven throughout this four-day event are sessions that will both inform and inspire collaborative problem solving to improve how the participatory sciences are leveraged to confront the biodiversity crisis: How can we improve the relevance of biodiversity data for downstream use? How can large-scale efforts better reflect local values and knowledge (and vice versa)? What motivations, models, and methods can catalyze partnerships for better knowledge and decisions at all scales? How do the geographical and cultural contexts within the Americas influence the flow of biodiversity data?

Each day opens with high-level perspectives on the opportunities we face, and includes engaged sessions to immediately apply innovative ideas towards action steps for your project or the field. This strand emphasizes the idea of Biodiversity Beyond Boundaries, and brings attention to the connectivity of habitats, people, and data. A collaboration with RICAP emphasizes connections throughout the Americas and invites participation across the global North and South.

An hour-by-hour detailed strand program is available. Scroll down for program highlights, including plenary speakers and opportunities to connect with colleagues doing innovative work.

Global experts deliver keynote and plenary insights

Maui Hudson photo

Maui Hudson (Director, Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato) opens the event with a keynote entitled, “CARE and the use of Indigenous Knowledge in Open Science,” referencing the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance which he co-authored (Monday, June 3rd).

Monday’s plenary symposium features global leaders Joji Cariño (Forest Peoples Programme), Mariana Varese (Wildlife Conservation Society/Amazon Waters Alliance), and Joe Miller (GBIF) on different strategies for creating connected knowledge for biodiversity research and action.

Connect with colleagues to advance new ideas and action

Start the week by participating in an engaged session to introduce yourself to other leaders and learners advancing biodiversity research and action through participatory sciences. Through this session, and other topical “ideas-to-action” events each day, you can engage in real-time, guided activities designed to foster synergies, strategies, and next steps to take your work–and efforts across this field–in new directions.

Symposia speakers bring a biodiversity lens to big topics

Turning data into impact

Nikita Shiel-Rolle on capacity for community conservation.

Francisco ‘Paco’ Lopez, establishing marine reserves in Puerto Rico.

New technologies

Callie Chappell on bioengineering for conservation.

Grant Van Horn on computer models for visual and sound ID.

Equitable partnerships

Susan Renoe on building equity across differently resourced institutions.

Sam Tayag on increasing participation through museum partnerships.

Go deeper through discussions, both live and online

Over one-third of the 100+ posters and lightning talks focus specifically on advancing biodiversity-related participatory science. Sessions each day highlight a selection of posters via lightning talks and group discussions, with posters available online all week to browse and comment on at your convenience.

Inspired? Register now!

Whether you want to add your expertise to this conversation or you want to learn more and be inspired about participatory sciences, this is an unprecedented opportunity to advance work in this domain. Don’t miss this one-time event – register by 27 May 2024 to ensure seamless access to the online program and to avoid late fees.

This strand is made possible through partnerships with the following organizations:

iDigBio is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DBI-2027654). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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