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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Research shows that events catalyze project participation. How “One Million Acts of Science” can boost your project this April.

Research shows that events catalyze project participation. How “One Million Acts of Science” can boost your project this April.

Written in partnership with Emma Giles, SciStarter. Projects interested in reaching new audiences may take a tip from research about event-style engagement. Efforts such as bioblitzes and bird counts are known for this approach, and these–along with others–were explored and analyzed in a 2018 paper by Ellwood et al. (open access in BioScience). This team of authors was particularly attentive to data from their own project, the WeDigBio movement to digitize biological collections. Their interests included understanding how event-based activities might work for online projects, including options for engaging either onsite (e.g., at a museum where the collection is housed)…
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What to Expect from CAPS Virtual Presentations

What to Expect from CAPS Virtual Presentations

If you’ve been to an academic research conference before, you’ve likely experienced a poster session — wandering through aisles and aisles of people awkwardly standing next to their Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion, blown up to 48x60’ and pinned onto a posterboard.  That’s not what we’re aiming for at CAPS* Virtual. At our virtual conferences, “poster sessions” are discussions. These sessions are the core of the conference, and are your opportunity to catalyze conversations about your work and the field of participatory science as a whole. *Conference for Advancing Participatory Sciences - you may have attended our past events under…
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At CAPS Virtual, Your “Poster” Doesn’t Have to Be a Poster

At CAPS Virtual, Your “Poster” Doesn’t Have to Be a Poster

At a traditional academic conference, a poster is like an abridged version of a peer-reviewed article, layed out and printed onto a 48’x60’ sheet, and pinned up for passerby to read and discuss with the author.  CAPS Virtual isn’t your traditional academic conference. At a virtual Conference for Advancing Participatory Sciences (CAPS), presenters will compile their work into a shareable format, but you are encouraged to choose the format that works best for the information you’d like to share, the engagement you are hoping to receive, and an online audience. Your “poster” could be formatted like a blog post with…
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Call for Interest for New Board Members and Other Leadership Positions

Call for Interest for New Board Members and Other Leadership Positions

The Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences (AAPS) – formerly the Citizen Science Association – is seeking passionate individuals to play a leadership role in guiding our future activities. There are several ways to get involved, depending on your experiences and skills, including serving on the AAPS Board.  Other opportunities include chairing working groups and contributing to special projects such as workshop and conference planning.  AAPS Board members are at the forefront of governance and management, holding fiscal responsibility for our vibrant community. They contribute to policy-making, strategy implementation, and serve as advocates to propel our mission forward. We could fill…
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2024 Call for Posters Now Open!

2024 Call for Posters Now Open!

Share your work and connect with colleagues from around the globe–submit a proposal to present at our 2024 Virtual Conference Advancing Participatory Sciences*! Individual presentations at our 2024 conference will take the form of Poster Discussions. There will be live Discussion Sessions each day of the conference where poster presenters can share a short lightning talk and asynchronous engagement with Virtual Posters via an interactive virtual event space. The call for presentations is open now through February 14th, 2024 - EXTENDED (29 Feb/30 April for late-breaking).  The submission process is quick and we welcome submissions from the many approaches to…
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The best of 2023

The best of 2023

It is a pleasure to share with you our now-annual review of highlights in what has been a landmark year for this Association.  We are proud to support your work in this field through services, commitments, and partnerships. In the coming year, you can anticipate some new offerings and some upgrades to the ways we deliver resources (this message contains previews of a few). In this year's round-up of resources there's an emerging theme of the power of working together across boundaries. Whether you are here for cutting edge research, reviews of tools, principled practices, ideas and inspiration, or opportunities to…
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Call for 2024 Symposia Speakers

Call for 2024 Symposia Speakers

Help identify thought-leaders and skill-builders YOU want to hear from at our virtual 2024 conference June 3-6, 2024. This conference is your annual opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary conversations advancing the field of participatory sciences with sessions specifically designed to expand your perspectives and skills for the most meaningful and impactful public research partnerships. Our virtual conference will build upon emergent themes from our 2023 in-person event: building equitable partnerships; moving from data to impact; and discoveries and new frontiers.  Bring new voices to our 2024 virtual conference.  Nominate a speaker using this form by January 15, 2024 to help this event reflect the needs,…
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Celebrating 10 years Advancing Participatory Sciences

Celebrating 10 years Advancing Participatory Sciences

We are proud of the work we have done over the past ten years, and all of the people who have helped to 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. This new phase includes affirming our identity an embracing a new name, the Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences (more on the name change here).  This event marked the launch of a new Awards program to honor those whose work inspires and enables the best in this field. Three awards…
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Citizen Science: Theory and Practice Reviewer Drive

Welcome to the Reviewer Drive for the Citizen Science: Theory and Practice (CSTP) Journal!  As the scientific journal of the Citizen Science Association (soon to be known as the Association for Advancing the Participatory Sciences), CSTP serves as the lead international publication that promotes exchanges, understanding and advancement in our field. Community is foundational to the CSTP Journal, and we depend on researchers, practitioners, evaluators and others to actively participate. The Journal depends on volunteer involvement, and we need YOU to be part of the CSTP Journal ecosystem, whether as readers, reviewers, authors,  editors. We need more CST reviewers. The…
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