About the Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences
Get to know us
The Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences (AAPS) is a member-driven organization that connects people from a wide range of experiences around one shared purpose: advancing knowledge through research and monitoring done by, for, and with members of the public.
AAPS is a home for sharing insights from across many related approaches and traditions: citizen science, community science, and volunteer monitoring are just a few. The participatory sciences are expanding the reach, relevance, and impact of science in almost every area of inquiry; in the field and online; through local and global efforts. With increased attention to participatory sciences, AAPS brings depth to how participatory sciences are understood both as public engagement and as research, and shines a light on the integrity and complexity of the practice.
Our core services:
Who we serve:
We reach an audience of over 10,000 people who design, lead, manage, and study the participatory sciences to exchange knowledge, identify shared concerns, and advance innovative work. Multidisciplinary and multidimensional by nature, participatory sciences depend on connections to forge collaborations, foster synergies, highlight practices that strengthen these efforts, and accelerate the pace of improvement. We partner with sister organizations on other continents to engage a global conversation, but focus our convening and communication efforts towards a North American audience. We work to build strategic alliances with other societies (of disciplines and practices) to keep expectations for participatory sciences appropriately high.
Association members directly support our work to advance the field of participatory sciences. Members build their professional network and shape the future of the field by contributing to working groups and by voting on key decisions about direction, priorities, and leadership for the association.
A number of organizations and institutions support AAPS through annual memberships. AAPS’ organizational affiliates include universities, municipalities, tech companies, non-profits, and other formal groups both large and small – groups that are proudly standing up in support of innovation and integrity in this field.
Members and non-members alike can sign up to receive updates through a monthly newsletter, and are welcome to join a discussion listserv for sharing questions, ideas, innovations, and announcements among peers in this field.
New Name, Same Association
CSA is now AAPS
In May 2022 members voted in favor of embracing a new name that affirms our identity as an Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences. Participatory Sciences finally and formally recognizes, right up front, that we engage, elevate, and advance many traditions and practices where research and monitoring depends on insights from beyond scientific institutions.
About the name change process:
A long-awaited step forward for this Association was announced in late May: members voted in favor of a new name. While the details of that name have yet to be finalized (see live announcement below), the broad strokes are for an Association Advancing Participatory Sciences. The final “s” in this
Post by CSA’s Executive Director, Jennifer Shirk For CSA’s 10th year, we are celebrating and affirming the work and vision of this Association. A major milestone in this process will be the choice of a new name. [An important to clarification to start: we are not setting out to rename
Post by Jennifer Shirk, Executive Director, Citizen Science Association Throughout 2022, CSA has been leading a connected conversation about the wide array of traditions, practices, and terms that people in this field apply to their work, a far richer range of options than the name of this Association reflects. Exploring
Ten Years of Advancing Participatory Science
10 Big Ideas for the Future of Participatory Science
We are proud of the work we have done over the past ten years and all of the people who have helped build this field and association. An event on October 5th, 2023, celebrated this history and community and propelled us into the future and a new phase of growth.
Ten speakers who have been part of building this field and promoting ideas share their thoughts on the future of participatory science.
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