Reintroducing this Association: Advancing Participatory Sciences

Reintroducing this Association: Advancing Participatory Sciences

The Citizen Science Association launched a global movement. To expand and grow that movement, we are now the Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences.  For more than ten years, this Association has engaged practitioners from many related traditions, including crowdsourced science, volunteer monitoring, amateur astronomy, community-based research, citizen science, and more. Our new name reflects that broad scope, and helps reveal and engage the rich landscape of practices across the many participatory sciences. What are the Participatory Sciences? Participatory sciences combine the strengths of scientific inquiry with the knowledge, insights, and observations of members of the public. Some efforts are scientist-driven,…
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Special Call for Topical Abstracts in Three Strands: Biodiversity, Third Spaces, and Community-Driven Partnerships

Special Call for Topical Abstracts in Three Strands: Biodiversity, Third Spaces, and Community-Driven Partnerships

En español | Em português This year’s Conference for Advancing Participatory Sciences (virtual) will feature topical strands to highlight a few areas of interest and help registrants find relevant content within cross-cutting sessions. Each strand will have a dedicated and extended call for presentations, opening the opportunity for more attention to these topics and more engagement with these ideas. Want to partner with us to amplify one of these strands and align your organization with these ideas? Contact us for sponsorship opportunities (including in-kind support options). Have an idea for a topic to highlight at a future event? Reach out…
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Arizona Premiere of WILD HOPE at C*Sci2023 in Tempe

Arizona Premiere of WILD HOPE at C*Sci2023 in Tempe

WILD HOPE is a new series of half-hour films highlighting the intrepid changemakers who are restoring and protecting our planet. Whether tapping oysters to clean New York Harbor, or growing coffee to save Mozambican rainforests, the series reveals how bold interventions and unexpected alliances can spark powerful change—and provides a refreshing dose of hope in an increasingly cynical world. CSA is pleased to partner with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios to present the Arizona premiere screening of the WILD HOPE episode, The Big Oyster, which features the community-engaged Billion Oyster Project in New York Harbor. During a reception and early evening…
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Members to determine CSA’s new name

Members to determine CSA’s new name

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 the field itself (for an overview of thoughts on that challenge, try this introduction).] Renaming the Association is significant, and we have approached both this prospect and this process with intention and care. Over the past year, we have heard and shared some of the many terms that describe related practices…
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Celebrating – and inspiring – growth and change for this Association

Celebrating – and inspiring – growth and change for this Association

CSA is celebrating a milestone year. It was ten years ago this past August that 300 people, from across many communities, perspectives, and disciplines, sat down together to launch this association. It has now been a full decade since this organization emerged - ten monumental years, for both the world and for this field. The vision and values remain steadfast for a member-driven association that connects people and best practices for contributory, collaborative, and co-created sciences. This is an ideal time to build on that, by reflecting on lessons learned and igniting new ideas for an association that will serve…
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Community Leaders Develop Tools for Equitable Research Partnerships

CSA is pleased to announce the launch of a new project to establish Tools for Equitable Research Partnerships, with support from the Rita Allen Foundation. This effort, proposed by CSA’s Environmental Justice Practitioners' Working Group (EJP), will compile, pilot test, share, and mentor the use of templates and strategies that address ongoing disparities in community-based research partnerships. C*Science research depends on knowledge and insights from individuals beyond traditional and professional science roles. Some c*science work directly confronts questions in communities affected by environmental injustices. The pace and process of traditional science offers little leeway - and even less guidance -…
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Disciplinary scientists to share strategies for scientific success at C*Sci2023

Disciplinary scientists to share strategies for scientific success at C*Sci2023

Are you a researcher with an interest in citizen or community science (c*science) but aren't sure where to start? Or, are you well familiar with the opportunities and challenges of this kind of research and eager to share with others? [Image alt text: a view from above of a large conference center hall filled with people mingling around standing boards with printed conference posters. Photo from CitSci2019, copyright Marilú Lopez-Fretts] At this year's May C*Sci Conference, a dedicated strand of symposia, talks, and posters will address the challenges, lessons learned, and pathways forged to partner effectively for real-world research (made…
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Apply now: Editor-in-Chief and two Social Media Editorial Board member positions open

Apply now: Editor-in-Chief and two Social Media Editorial Board member positions open

UPDATES, 15 DEC 2022: 1) EiC application deadline extended until 10 January 2023. 2) revised PDF position description now highlights role and compensation options (up to $5,000 annual stipend plus travel support to attend CSA's conference). Details in full position description linked at the end of the EiC posting. 3) Addition of Social Media Editorial positions available, scroll to end of post for details and link (update 6 Jan: link now goes to correct position description). CSA has an immediate opportunity for a highly motivated, experienced editor to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal: Citizen Science: Theory & Practice.  Two Social…
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A journal milestone, and what it means.

A journal milestone, and what it means.

Many of you who have read, published in, or considered submitting to CSA’s journal, Citizen Science: Theory & Practice (CSTP) have been asking when the journal would be officially rated. We are proud to announce that CSTP is now appearing in the SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) metrics for multidisciplinary publications. What does this mean?  Rankings are indications of a journal’s influence and significance. To receive a rank means that CSTP is gaining the attention of official systems that track journals (SJR is one, Impact Factor is another). More importantly, the metrics show that other authors are finding CSTP papers valuable,…
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Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms: Building a Better Vocabulary for Work in (and about) this Field Post by Jennifer Shirk, Executive Director, Citizen Science Association The debate about terms for this field is complicated - but also over-simplified. It's time to find a way forward. Photo courtesy of Melinda Butsch Kovacic. The debate There has been a "citizen science" vs. "community science" debate going back to (and likely pre-dating) the first NSF-funded Citizen Science conference in 2007. This ongoing conversation has brought awareness to very real problems: that harm is caused by the term "citizen," and harm is caused when the term "community…
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