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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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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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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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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Showcase your city at our 2025 conference

Showcase your city at our 2025 conference

We invite your help in identifying strong and inspired candidates to host the next in-person Conference (spring/summer, 2025) of the Citizen Science Association (heads up: we are changing our name*). Please share the following call for Expressions of Interest from potential hosts and partners.  Hosting is a huge opportunity for visibility and leadership in the field. Applying to host C*Sci2025 offers an unique opportunity to highlight your institution’s field leadership and your region as a center of excellence. This event brings international attention to the work of local/regional organizations, and raises local awareness about the global significance of these projects…
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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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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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C*Sci 2023 Plenary: AI for Good

AI has been in the spotlight for much of 2023, but it’s been a part of our daily lives for many years. In this plenary session, we’ll hear about how organizations around the world have leveraged this technology for good, explore what’s new about this particular moment in AI’s development, and hear about how we all can contribute to a technological future that builds equity and shared opportunity. This event will be streamed for virtual registrants. Register here for the online or in-person event. Speaker: Nick Cain, Director of Strategic Grants, Patrick J. McGovern FoundationBio:Nick has 15 years of experience…
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C*Sci 2023 Plenary: What would it take to really share scientific power?

C*Sci 2023 Plenary: What would it take to really share scientific power?

Photo, "Vision to Reality," by Angela Clark What would it take to really share scientific power? C*Sci is people from inside and outside of professional science working together to do science and solve a problem people care about. We might be working on figuring out migration patterns for monarch butterflies, reducing pollution in our redlined neighborhood, or building ethical frameworks for emergent technology, but we all share a conviction – born out by our own experience – that this work is done more precisely, more fairly, and it will have more impact when we do it together. We also know,…
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