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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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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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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Calling all participatory science graduate students!

Calling all participatory science graduate students!

Are you a graduate student working in the field of participatory science who:  Uses participatory methods? Studies the phenomenon of participatory/citizen/community science? Works for an organization that supports others’ engagement in participatory science? Is engaged in participatory science in literally any other way? A new Participatory Science Graduate Students Group of the Citizen Science Association (heads up: this name is changing*) will provide a space for students like you to find and connect with others who have shared interests, challenges, and aspirations. And we want your help co-creating it! The Citizen Science Association will be hosting two virtual introductory meetings…
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Announcing a new name for this Association

Announcing a new name for this Association

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 string of words may be the most powerful - not the capital “S” that designates the scientific domain, but the small one that affirms a plurality of people and practices. We are, as stated in our most recent strategic plan, “... a member-driven organization that connects people from a wide…
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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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2023 CSA Board of Directors Candidates

The following four individuals have applied to to serve a three year term on the CSA Board of Directors starting in May 2023. Members of CSA in good standing are invited to cast their vote for board representations beginning April 12, 2023. Details on voting procedures will be shared via email with active members. The Board of Directors is the governing and managing body of the Citizen Science Association, with the fiscal responsibility for the resources of this community. Board members generate and implement both policies and strategies to build CSA community and programming. Board members also serve as the public…
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